It is not a coincidence that judo is becoming seen by many parents and carers as part of a childs education. Clearly, it is a sport which can bring so many positive things to a child’s life and the life of children in general creating a space that makes for better mental as well as physical health. If their parents do it as well then we have a circle of well being.
.Judo is a world-wide known martial arts discipline and sport. For anyone making the choice of Judo for themselves or their child or perhaps both, Its important to understand it involves strength, tactics, endurance strength of will
Starting at an early age Judo can be very useful for the development of children, whether it considers their body or their psyche.
Yes it will help you get fit and lose body weight if you are practicing regularly and for many this also has a knock on effect of helping self esteem and alleviating depression. Ok, but we are talking about something here that involves the martialling of a violent nature. But as we learn to defend ourselves we also do this in a friendly environment. Children are exposed to each other, sharing experiences relying on each other while training. Also, if one child shows violence to another, the other will respond in the same way making children realize that the harm to others may be punishable and that violence, as such should be avoided. But this is a rarity as the structure and formality of judo teaches respect and courtesy as a must.
This formality, courtesy and routine gives children and in fact gives many martial artists something they can organise their lives around, teaching them to be responsible for their actions and their arrangements as they move through life.
Then in Judo comes the grading and belt system Judo coloured belts stand for different levels achieved by those training this discipline. This characteristic gives, especially for children a positive motivation and boosts their competitive spirit and skills while the courtesy and respect (bowing and formality) constantly puts the accent on fair play.
For many parents Judo’s concentration on self defence helps their children to be able to stand up against bullies which might have tortured them daily before. This ability reduces the number of bullies and aggressive children in general since they are, most of the time fed on the fear of other children. That fear being gone and the child having enough self-esteem to stand up to the bully is another benefit Judo may bring to your child’s life.
The benefits of Judo and its cousin Ju-Jitsu are numerous and last long into life, the benefits you get you wish to pass on to others. It amazing to think that this sport 75 years ago was little n=know outside Japan, yet now is a worldwide and Olympic sport and pass time.
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