This is the other side of the coin to the question above. While some kids might be loud and aggressive, many other children are quiet and shy. Martial arts training helps to inspire confidence in children in a way no other organized activity is able to do.
Unlike most organized sporting activities like baseball or soccer, the martial arts really doesn’t have “stars” and “benchwarmers” (and what destroys a child’s confidence more than being involved in a sport where they are always sitting out on the bench because of a coach who cares more about “winning the game” than developing the children on the team?). In a martial arts class everybody participates, and there are so many different elements in traditional martial arts training that all of the kids can be “one of the best” at something.
In addition, at Rohnert Park Martial Arts – Kuk Sool Won™ part of the training is allowing the kids to come up in front of the group (when we feel they are comfortable with it) and leading the rest of the kids in part of the class (such as exercises, punches and kicks, etc.). This is not only a GREAT confidence-builder in itself, it also helps to teach the child associated skills such as leadership, speaking in front of a group, and so on that will help them throughout the rest of their lives.
Punching and kicking are great, but at Kuk Sool Won™ – Rohnert Park Martial Arts we believe that the MOST valuable lessons we can give to a child are the intangibles that will help them to be more confident, out-going and successful citizens.