While sports may initially appear as a simple after-school pursuit or a hobby to keep children active, they hold profound significance beyond mere recreation. According to the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, engagement in sports plays a pivotal role in the comprehensive development of children, encompassing both physical and mental aspects. The Academy emphasizes that sports contribute significantly to keeping kids active, fostering essential physical skills, cultivating new friendships, instilling the importance of teamwork, and enhancing self-confidence.
However, not all sports accomplish these goals. Some sports environments create a “highly stressful, competitive, ‘win at all costs’ attitude” that affects the heart of a child and can contribute to an unhealthy environment by not teaching the importance of the other side of the competition coin. It’s important to always compete for the win, but it’s just as important to learn that losses are a part of the journey, and more importantly how to recover and bounce back from a loss.
The difference between winners and losers is a never give up grit and attitude.
That grit and attitude is what we teach our students here at DCA!
Juniors Kung Fu
Kung Fu provides students with a well-rounded and super fun way to get active! This Martial Art focuses on perfecting balance, quickening reflexes, and improving concentration and coordination. Your child will begin by being introduced to the basics of Kung Fu and slowly grow in complexity. By the end of the class, students will be able to successfully execute the core sweeps, strikes, takedowns, and kicks of Kung Fu. Through this wide variety of movements, kids who practice Kung Fu are getting a full-body workout!
When you sign your child up for a new activity, you want to get the most out of your money! While your child may wind up warming the bench or watching from the sidelines in sports such as soccer, baseball, or basketball, that is never the case in Kung Fu. Because the Martial Arts are individual sports, students receive one-on-one instruction and are able to take advantage of every last minute of class.
While all physical activities teach students about the importance of staying active and getting exercise, not all implement the healthy lifestyle habits that Kung Fu does. The Martial Arts not only show kids that physical activity is fun and fulfilling, but teach students about healthy eating, working hard in school, and fostering balance in their day-to-day lives.
When you hear the word, “sportsmanship,” what comes to mind? A group of kids passing soccer balls back and forth? Children becoming friends as they chat during their basketball warm-up? We’re guessing Kung Fu isn’t the first thing that pops into your head. Well, it should be!
The Martial Arts promote teamwork like no other activity does. Unlike other sports, Martial Arts focus on mental growth just as much as physical growth. Not to mention, because Kung Fu is an individual activity, its class atmosphere is far less competitive than other popular sports. Rather, all students are given the opportunity to try new things, receive hands-on training, and be cheered on by their classmates.
While other sports focus on improving their students physically, Kung Fu believes that physical, mental, and emotional improvement must happen simultaneously. At Dragon Claw Academy, we teach our students values that carry over to all areas of their lives, such as respect for oneself and others, compassion, focus, discipline, and perseverance. As students’ abilities improve on the mat, their confidence will improve in all areas of life. We believe that Kung Fu shows children that they are capable of so much more than they realize!
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