A parents’ job is to raise their child to become a good person. A lot of parents may think sending their child to Muay Thai classes could make them more aggressive, more violent or more likely to cause trouble in school or around other groups of kids. Infact, martial arts training has the complete opposite affect.
Training martial arts instills the core values every person should live by. Not only does it teach self defence, your child can learn the values of discipline and courage, but it also helps your child get fit, stay active and maintaining a healthy metabolism which extends into their adulthood.
Whether your kid is too bossy, too shy, maybe they are a bit overweight or perhaps just a little hyper, training martial arts can help your child get fit as well as learn many important life lessons.
One of the first lessons your child will learn when training martial arts is that words are never grounds for a fight. They will learn that there is no such thing as “fighting” words and instead will learn to respond without reacting. The confidence your child will gain from training is often a valuable asset in avoiding physical altercations, but at the same time, it gives you peace-of-mind knowing they have the ability to defend themselves should it be unavoidable.
As Juan Cervantes quoted in my previous article about egos, “It’s not very often in life you find yourself in trouble if you’re not looking for it, but it’s good to not feel really intimidated if that does happen.”
Your child will also learn to take a hit. Whether that is a literal punch or kick, or a disappointment like failing a test or exam. Learning to fail or lose is part of life. The key is learning how to take that hit and get back up. In Muay Thai people get hit and people lose. Half of martial arts is hitting, but half is also getting hit.
If your child learns to accept that they will get hit, it will enable them to relax and better protect themselves. That acceptance will help them respond, maneuver, and anticipate their opponent. Ironically, learning how to take a hit is perhaps the best way for your kid to learn how to avoid it.