Toddlers are a force of nature. They exude more energy than most parents know how to contain. So what about karate for toddlers? Does karate help direct some of that energy into a positive outlet?
Absolutely! Teaching kids karate from an early age gives you an opportunity to let them run out their energy in a safe environment. Plus, on top of learning when hitting is appropriate, they also learn a little self-discipline, self-control, and enjoy a fun way to get exercise while they’re at it.
However, teaching a younger child requires a different teaching method. You can’t exactly teach a child that young the same way you would teach an older child. That’s why we decided to implement a 2-4-year-olds class designed specifically for their age group.
Let’s check out a few of the benefits of our Little Leaders Karate classes for toddlers in Ashburn.
What Are the Benefits of Karate for Toddlers?
1. You’ll experience focused quality time together.
Don’t think you’ll be sending your little one off by themselves when they start studying martial arts in Ashburn. We know how hard that can be on parents and want to include you in the process. Instead of cheering them on from the sidelines, you take the class alongside your little champ.
You model and motivate the exercises by doing them with your child. Plus, you’ll be there to hold the targets and striking pads, helping your child stay engaged throughout the whole class. Believe us, no one will ever be standing around bored during one of these classes!
2. Karate for toddlers lays a solid foundation for next steps.
We structure our curriculum here at Super Kicks Karate in a very specific way. What your child is learning in their Little Leaders class will carry over and prepare them for moving up to the regular family class. By no means is it a requirement for your child to start in the Little Leaders class, but it definitely gives them a great foundation for the next step.
3. Your child will develop a fun fitness routine.
As the parent of a toddler, you’re already well aware that your child has plenty of energy to burn. Getting kids this age to exercise isn’t too difficult—it’s getting them to sit still that is usually the problem.
Kids are active by nature, and they’re doing all those acrobatics because they’re learning how to use their bodies. Martial arts classes give them a safe environment where they can stretch, run, jump, and flip without hurting themselves. Plus, they can get all that energy out so it’s easier for them to sit still when the occasion calls for it.
You’re also instilling healthy habits from an early age. Developing a love of martial arts from this early age sets them up for years of training and makes fitness second nature.
4. Karate helps develop hand-eye coordination.
Hand-eye coordination is a critical skill necessary for everything we do in our daily lives. However, we aren’t born with a well-developed sense of hand-eye coordination. That’s why you’ll see babies have a hard time doing something as simple as reaching out and picking up a rattle.
Seeing an object, understanding where it is in space, and then telling your hand to reach out and grab it at the right point in space is actually quite complicated. As life goes on we need this important skill for everything from picking up a cup of coffee to driving a car. This is why it is essential for kids to work on this skill as they grow.
People that are good at sports or who seem to naturally be good with their bodies have a well-developed sense of hand-eye coordination. The best way to develop hand-eye coordination is to regularly find ways to use it.
As you might have guessed, learning karate is an excellent way to further develop this important skill. Practicing striking a target, as well as defending against attacks coming at them helps kids train their eyes and limbs to work together more quickly and smoothly.
How Does Super Kicks Karate Deal with Attention Span?
This is a question we get quite a bit. Little kids are notorious for not being able to pay attention or focus on repetitive actions—which is exactly what we often do in karate classes when we’re working on techniques.
For this age group, we disguise the drills in different activities. They think they’re being allowed to bang their heart out on a target pad, but they’re actually teaching their bodies the movement for a hammer fist. We have all sorts of ingenious tricks for different techniques that have proven to keep toddlers engaged and teach them to better control their bodies.
How Is Aggression Addressed?
Many parents are nervous about encouraging aggressive behavior by sending their child to a martial arts class, but it’s an unfounded worry. We can say this with absolute certainty because we’ve been teaching for decades and have seen very few situations where aggression became a problem.
In contrast, karate classes provide an outlet for kids and can help address aggressive tendencies. In class, they can express aggression and the strong emotions that often spur it on in a safe environment. Do you know how good it can feel to beat up a punching bag when you’re frustrated about something? It’s the same for a little kid.
Plus, martial arts classes are not just about punching and kicking. Kids learn discipline and when it is appropriate to use the techniques they are learning. The discipline and control that karate instills serve to create an individual who looks for a peaceful resolution but can defend themselves if the need arises.
We also include plenty of “stranger danger” messages into our curriculum, but in a fun way so we don’t scare anyone. And remember, you’ll be there for the classes too, so you can observe your toddler and address any issues they may have.
Interested in Karate Classes for Toddlers in Ashburn?
Ready to try karate in Ashburn for your toddler? If you’re still having a hard time wrapping your mind around the benefits of karate for toddlers, we encourage you to plan a visit. Take advantage of our 30-day guest pass here at Super Kicks Karate and try out the Little Leaders classes for yourself.
Meet some of the other parents and watch how your child lights up during a class. We’re sure that once you try it, you and your toddler will be hooked!