Martial Arts - An Alternative to Team Sports | One Nation Jiu JitsuGetting your kids involved in sports of any kind has a lot of benefits.

  1. Participating in a sport can be a fun way for your kids to get regular physical activity.
  2. Kids learn and practice social skills, including figuring out how to interact as part of a team.
  3. Sports are a great alternative to the couch and/or screen time.

Encouraging your kids to be more active, interact with others, and get some time away from screens is great! However, some kids may not enjoy all sports as much as their peers, particularly team sports.

Sometimes, kids don’t thrive in the competitive environment that’s usually present with team sports. It could be that they were on a team in the past and didn’t have the best experience. Or, it’s possible that your child hasn’t found the right sport for them yet.

An Alternative to Team Sports

If your child isn’t really into the idea of participating in a team sport, an individual sport like gymnastics, swimming, tennis, or martial arts could be the solution you’re searching for.

In an individual sport like martial arts, the focus tends to be more on individual skills. Instead of comparing how well they’re doing to others, they compare how they did today to how they’ve done in the past. Focusing on personal improvement leads to an increase in self-confidence and gives kids a much-needed feeling of accomplishment.

The boost in confidence and sense of accomplishment goes a long way in how much your child enjoys an activity and impacts their interest level. If you think your child might like martial arts, but you’re unsure how much your child will like it, look for opportunities for a free trial class or week of classes. A free trial will give your child a chance to find out if they like it before committing to a longer-term program.

If you’re interested in finding out how One Nation Jiu Jitsu in Smyrna can introduce your child to martial arts, contact us today.