The Benefits of Martial Arts for Children

There are so many reasons why training in the martial arts is a great activity for people of all ages, but especially children. Our classes for kids of all ages help develop discipline while they learn self-defense skills.

With over 40 years of experience teaching children’s classes Champion Karate West helps kids develop self-confidence in a fun, friendly environment.


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Training in martial arts is like insurance. You hope your children never need it, but you’re happy to know that they can protect themselves when the need arises


We all know the importance of self discipline. Martial arts are known for its ability to create discipline in children. This discipline comes in the form of focus, concentration and respect. These are all skills taught through martial arts training. This concentration and focus carries over to other parts of life, including home and school.


You probably see it all the time. The self-confident person seems to get all the breaks. Martial arts can give you or your child the self-confidence you need to succeed.


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Fitness and Fun

They go hand in hand with martial arts. One of the reasons why people quit fitness programs is that they get bored


Open House September 12th for the registration for fall 2016 classes at 10:30-11:30 AM

3-5 (preschool)  Year Class

  • Fitness
  • Motor Skills
  • Confidence
  • Strength
  • Friendship
  • Self Pride
  • Enjoy time away from

3-5 year old class

Children Martial Arts

Some people worry that teaching martial arts will foster a sense of violence and give bullies the skills they need to continue harming others. Martial arts do the opposite. A common characteristic of bullies is that they lack impulse control and also don’t know how to manage their anger. Martial arts can solve that because it helps reduce stress, it improves concentration and control and it teaches respect of others. In this sense, it also helps children who are bullied because it gives them the confidence they need to combat bullying before it starts.

These are just a few reasons why martial arts’ training is so important for children of all ages. Our world is changing and we need to help our children prepare for the challenges that come their way in life. Having discipline, social skills, respect for self and others and very important in today’s world, self-defense training, will give them the confidence they need to succeed in all areas of life. Children need a positive outlet. Martial arts fulfill that need.


Martial arts are exercises that children, adolescents, adults and seniors can practice regularly. It is an activity that can continue throughout life. Children won’t outgrow the ability or desire to practice martial arts as they get older. It is a lifestyle rather than an exercise.

The social skills taught in physical education classes can also be enhanced through martial arts. Because of the nature of martial arts, people often find that practicing martial arts requires concentration and focus and these skills carry over to other parts of life as well, including school work and later, jobs and family. Additionally, martial arts tend to focus on respect (both for self and others) which is a great asset for any school child and will give the child the skills needed to cooperate, take turns and follow rules appropriately.

Karate Classes for Kids

How Does Karate Help Kids With ADHD?

In addition to giving kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, all of the physical benefits of exercise, including improved cardiovascular health and better strength and flexibility, karate might also lessen ADHD symptoms, such as impulsiveness and hyperactivity. It can also provide positive role models for children with ADHD and provide opportunities for peer interaction,


Children with ADHD often think ahistorically, according to the Babycenter parenting website, which means they fixate on the present and lack a clear picture of the past and the future. Activities with a lot of waiting time or complicated instructions can cause them to lose their focus and their interest and ability to complete the activity. The intense mental and physical involvement required to participate in karate classes allows ADHD children to immerse themselves in the activity. This can help them complete the activity, which can boost their self-esteem and confidence in themselves.

Better Self-Control

Karate classes emphasize self-control, including self-discipline and respect for yourself and others. The typical karate class begins and ends with a bow to the teacher. Children must also stand quietly and wait for their instructor’s next command. Since self-control is often under-developed in children with ADHD, the increased emphasis on these skills can carry across into their home life or school environment. This can lead to better grades and improved behavior. Karate can also provide aggressive ADHD kids with a healthy way to work out their aggression.

Improved Focus and Concentration

John Ratey, M.D, the author of “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain” tells ADDitude magazine that regular exercise, like karate, can turn on a child’s attention system — consisting of the cerebellum, frontal cortex and limbic system — which can affect the parts of the brain responsible for sequencing, prioritizing, working memory and sustaining attention. According to Ratey, exercise does this by increasing the brain’s dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. These brain chemicals can positively affect the attention system’s ability to stay regular and consistent, which can increase alertness in children with ADHD.


Most experts recommend that children use karate to complement, not replace, their ADHD medications. Ratey maintains that combining martial arts and medication lessens ADHD symptoms more than the use of medications alone. He also stresses that while exercise in general is good for children with ADHD, martial arts offers more benefits than many other forms of exercise, such as soccer or baseball. Before starting your child in karate classes, talk to his pediatrician to ensure it is safe and appropriate for your child’s situation.

Birthday Parties For Children & Teens

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We offer Children and teens. We can do everything for just a low price.

Birthday Child Gets:

  • Champion Karate t-shirt
  • (3) Free classes with no obligation

Birthday Party includes

  • Martial Art Lesson
  • Martial Art Games
  • Free Set up
  • Cake
  • Drinks
  • Pizza

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