I'm contempling the possibility to teach martial arts to my kids. Well... I WILL give them the opportunity to learn
at least some form of martial arts. I'm just thinking if they are grew enough to start. I think martial arts are a wonderful way to develop
both physical and mental skills. Kids between 6 and 9 have a huge physical need for moving around. They feel the " desire to run" like all the puppies and move around as much as possible in all different ways. On one side kids have also the need to develop coordination skills , and martial arts are great at this, on the other side they still have a very minor amount of muscle growth, and their capabilities to tense their muscles and perform anaerobic work are quite limited.
This happened just yesterday evening. I was warming up before lesson, rotating arms in opposite direction. Two kids tried to emulate and one of them did not get how to perform such movement. It seemed that it was behold his body capabilities so I had to make him do the first couple of swings before just to get started. Then everything looked extremely natural. And he started to run around to show his fiends how wired he could move his arms.
I fear he could take off like an helicopter. This made me think also at the mental / social aspects of kids training martial arts:
their capacity of relate with other kids and adult is in the making, which means they have a hard time seeing themselves as a part of a group of different
people with different needs. This is part of their process of developing a code of conduct, a sense of honor, in high terms, the difference between
f right and wrong. Along with that there is also the importance following rules and instructions. The way to go, IMHO, is to lay down the ground rules and establish what’s right and wrong, in terms of how to behave in the gym/ dojo, when martial art (what ever it is) can/can’t be used. Other moral stuff should be left to parents who have full right to give proper education to their own sons and daughters.