When we speak of Martial arts the most common names that come to mind are Karate and Judo. There are however several different types depending on their unique history, focus, and style. Some are based on individual practice while others are more on competition and a few are on direct combat with other students. Some help master the kicks and punches while some blocks and other moves. Naming a few of the popular martial arts:
- Aikido: This teaches a non -aggressive form of self-defense. It involves joint locks, restraints, and throws. It is a not a competitive sport.
- Judo: This is about using an opponent’s energy against them. It involves takedowns to the ground and submission holds.
- Jujitsu: It allows smaller fighters to overcome larger opponents. It is a grappling style martial art that incorporates karate, judo and aikido.
- Karate: This is a stand-up martial art that involves punches, kicks, and open hands to block strikes.
- Mixed Martial Arts: This involves a combination of boxing and wrestling with a variety of submission holds and takedowns.
- Muay Thai kickboxing: This involves kicking, sparring, and punching with boxing gloves. It’s performed with different levels of protective equipment.
- Taekwondo: It involves 80% kicks and 20% hand techniques. Training involves blocks, punches, and open-hand strikes.
Benefits Of Martial arts
Martial arts are a great physical outlet for kids who are not interested in the regular sports of cricket and football. Martial arts require no prior experience or skill. Each student can learn at their own pace even though learning in a group. The list of benefits is long and never-ending:
Self-discipline builds strength, flexibility, and agility, and instills values of honor, hard work, and respect. Many programs teach confidence-building self-defense skills as well. Not to forget balance, self-awareness, motivation, physical fitness, and improved cognitive functions.
Common Injuries from Martial Arts
Just like any other physical activity martial arts comes with a risk of minor injuries. Some of these are nosebleed, sprain, strains, hyperextension of joints, and fractures (from falls). These injuries are very minor and may help to keep your child safe from the risk of major injuries if ever caught in an unwanted circumstance. These minor injuries too can be prevented by taking a few precautions.
- Start with lower contact form of martial arts. Once your child is confident and has built muscle strength and flexibility upgrade them to a more aggressive form.
- Use proper protective gear like mouth guard, head gear, gloves, shin guards, etc.
- Allow to teens to compete in safe environment. Make sure your child has learnt all the self-guarding techniques and is proficient in them before they go in for any competitions.
- Educate your child about the difference between martial arts and violence. Learning martial arts does not mean they can indulge in violence or bully other kids. Rather how they can benefit in self-discipline and self-defense.
A Word From H2FCare
If your child is interested in learning any form of martial art do encourage them. It is an overwhelming positive activity for teenagers. It helps mentally aggressive children to channel their energies into a more focused, self-esteem-building physical activity and provides holistic development.