When parents consider a martial arts class for their child, they are often taken aback by the concept of grappling. Grappling involves clinching, take downs, sprawling, throws, turnovers, escapes, submission holds, and sweeps. Grappling is a fairly general term because it contains so many techniques, many of which are components of various forms of martial arts. When those unfamiliar with martial arts training observe a youth class where the objective is grappling, it might look like kids rough housing. In reality, these seemingly rudimentary skills are the building blocks for future martial arts training.
Many kids like physical activity. Just watch children play for a little while and you will likely see them engage in playful wrestling, which is quite similar to grappling. At Team Tooke Mixed Martial Arts Academy, we believe grappling is a great introduction to martial arts training because kids are learning the basics while having fun.
Grappling is also a great activity to increase physical fitness in children. We believe that martial arts training offers young people with the most comprehensive workout while they learn a valuable skill. Children, like adults, are much more inclined to participate in an exercise program when the exercise looks and feels more like fun than work.
Grappling is also a way to boost self confidence. While our expert trainers do not advocate using grappling techniques to inflict harm, the skills that young people learn in our programs can assist them in the event of a chance encounter with an aggressive bully.
The benefits of martial arts training are well documented. With increased physical fitness, an ability to defend against an aggressor, and the inherent self discipline associated with martial arts training, it is clear that martial arts can benefit the young in both mind and body. Just like learning a foreign language, it is best to begin learning martial arts training at a young age, and grappling is a wonderful way to give kids an introduction to various types of martial arts training. To learn more about the ways your child can benefit from a martial arts class, contact us today!