Teaching Martial Arts: The 3 Ways Kids Learn

When Coaching Your Kids

Martial arts is an exciting world that attracts both kids and adults. However, teaching martial arts requires a certain amount of patience that not everyone has. If you’re a parent trying to encourage the martial arts principles your child has learned, it can sometimes be quite difficult and frustrating to connect with your child and keep them motivated. So what’s a parent to do?

Keep reading to get a snapshot of what that looks like and how to use the three ways kids learn to help direct coaching conversations.

Teaching Martial Arts: Patience Required

👇 Actual Conversation 👇

“Don’t step back, step forward.

Try again. The foot you just used, step forward.

No no, the other foot.

Step forward.

No sir, step forward.

That’s backwards, step forward.

You just changed your guard completely. Please change your guard back.


Now, bring your knee and elbow together, and step forward.

Watch me. Like this.

Slap your leg.

No no, your other leg.

Yes sir, that leg.

When that leg finishes blocking, step forward, like this…

Understand? Let me see you try.



Do it again.

Nope, you stepped back again.

Step forward…”


During the moment, it could be easy to get frustrated with a conversation like this. You’re making perfect sense, explaining a technique and showing them. They “get” it… and yet they don’t.

The 3 Ways Kids Learn

It’s important to remember that students (read: YOU) learn in 3 ways: seeing, hearing, and doing/feeling. Let’s take a closer look at how these affect a student’s ability to retain information and give the desired response.


Some students can see the technique performed and immediately grasp it and do it. These students are visual learners and can easily pick up new things by watching them being done.


Some students need to hear a very technical explanation, and then they will be able to perform it. These are your auditory learners, and they benefit from a very thorough description of what to expect. While visual learners are more likely to tune out lengthy discussions, these students thrive with more information.


Some students need to just move their body (or in some cases, have their bodies moved) in order to learn. They don’t easily pick up seeing or hearing instruction; they need to experience it first-hand to truly grasp a concept.

While most individuals lean a certain way when it comes to learning, it’s important to note that there is no perfect way to give instruction, and many individuals need a combination of all three to have the msot effective learning environment.

Once you are aware of these three different learning modalities, compassion and patience come much more easily.

You teach and explain perfectly and they don’t get it? Try showing it to them.

You demonstrate it to them and they still don’t grasp it? Pick their leg up and position it the way it’s supposed to be done. (In a non-COVID world, of course)


Martial Arts in Ashburn: The Super Kicks Commitment

Super Kicks is dedicated to not just teaching martial arts but also understanding how students learn. 

We invest in our student’s lives for the long term. That way we can truly keep our promise to change lives with martial arts. We live this stuff. We breathe it. Check out an online class to see how we do it at Super Kicks Karate!

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