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Training in karate gives your child a whole lot of benefits. It gives them skills, confidence and often helps with their self-esteem.

Karate classes can help your child do better in school

Karate helps with the development of a lot of skills that students need such as discipline, organisation, focus, goal setting and improving cognitive function.

1. School requires discipline
In order to do well at school students will be required to complete their homework and turn it in on time and this takes discipline. Good students do their homework even when their favourite show is on TV or their favourite game on the iPad beckons. Karate helps to develop self discipline because it helps learn structure, order and most importantly, how to have self control.

2. Being prepared leads to success
Benjamin Franklin said, ‘by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail’. Much of academic success hinges on being prepared and organised. What good is it to write the greatest essay since Charles Dickens if you leave it at home and so can’t turn it in on time? Karate teaches kids that they always need to be prepared. For example, when they’re sparring, they know they need to stay in sparring stance and bounce so they can explode into action when they need to. Kids who train in karate carry this trait over to their school work.

3. Learning at school takes focus
With all the opportunities and channels of entertainment available to today’s kids it can be difficult to focus. But in order to learn, students must learn to listen to the teachers and not get distracted by their surroundings. Karate can help your child to develop this very important character trait; focus and concentration. Karate teaches students the three skills of focus and when in karate class, they learn to shut out distractions, whether they are external (classmates playing around) or internal (negative thoughts and doubts).

4. Setting and achieving goals is critical to success
Success comes from achieving a series of smaller goals which ultimately culminates in the accomplishment of larger goals. In school, this could mean finishing an essay on time or reading a few chapters ahead of the class. In karate, it means passing a testing class and earning a new belt. As a karate student, your child learns how to take the steps to achieve goals and to enjoy the satisfaction of accomplishing goals, this will spur them to seek out opportunities to replicate that in school and at home.

5. Physical activity builds cognitive functions
Researchers have discovered that physical activity levels have been positively linked to cognitive function during development in school-aged children. Besides the neurological connotations, giving kids an outlet to move their bodies can actually help them academically by improving their memory and increasing their attention span. Karate is a very physical activity so can help build cognitive functions as well as serve as an outlet to help improve memory.

Your child may be starting or preparing to start school this year or has been at school for several years but the benefits of karate are numerous and far reaching. Karate can be extremely useful for your children to boost their school grades if they are already A students. If they are having problems with school work, it can also help them by helping to develop necessary skills to become a very good student.

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