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Martial Arts as a Social Structure for Children | Javill Byron

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Martial Arts is a pretty cool type of physical training. It is a great activity to get children interested in when they’re young as they develop better control of their bodies.

It’s a great way to instill discipline in them, too, from an early age, which then translates into their persona as they grow up. They say martial arts isn’t just fighting, it’s a way of life – and rightly so. Studies done to study the effect of martial arts on children reveal that those who take part in this training perform better academically and socially at school and amongst peers and grow up to be organized individuals.

How is that possible, you ask? It’s simple. The art of martial arts lays the fact that it actually gives kids a social structure to grow up in. The framework of the workout and their companions and competitors help children integrate into the social structure.

There Are Rules

Just like society functions on unspoken norms and values, so does martial arts. Kids know that their training can knock the other person down, but the right of another person for space, life and peaceful existence has to be observed and valued during martial arts training.

Peaceful Conflict Resolution

Martial arts is all about bodily control. Maybe the opponent is too good, maybe you just had a bad day – but it doesn’t mean you express aggression in an unhealthy way. Martial arts aims to teach kids about peaceful conflict resolution by strengthening their emotional control and impulses.

Obeying Authority Figures

Authority figures will always be around us. It could be our manager at work, a senior teacher even our parents. Kids learn to respect and understand the authoritative hierarchy through the relationship they form with their instructor, knowing that they have everyone’s best interests at heart.

Meritocracy

In martial arts, you head onto the next level after completing a certain number of precedent trainings, inculcating the value of hard work and effort in children. It’s a great way to teach them that society rewards those who aim to progress and use constructive means to do so.

Communication Skills

Martial arts is all about communication. When you’re training, you communicate. When you’re sparring, you communicate. The aim of this is to ensure that no one gets hurt unintentionally. Similar to martial arts, good communication is the key to becoming an integrated member of society.

About a Community

The bonds, friendships and experiences that children experience during their martial arts training provide invaluable lessons about what a community is and the very essence of it.

Simply put, martial arts for kids is a seamless way to help them understand society around them through a microcosm of it. Check out WMB Martial Arts which offers great classes of martial arts for kids!

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Javill Byron is an accomplished martial artist, entrepreneur, businessman, and philanthropist based in Miami. As the owner of Top Shot Miami and WMB Martial Arts, Javill strives to serve as a valuable resource for individuals who want to improve their physical abilities and learn to protect themselves. Javill is especially passionate about helping children with disabilities and children who are bullied.

As a philanthropy-minded person, Javill Byron devotes much of his time to his nonprofit, WMB Foundation, Inc., which provides services to families and children diagnosed with ADHD, ADD, or Autism and aims to promote academic success and generally enrich their lives.

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