What is the most important thing for kids to learn in Martial Arts?
Why should my kid learn Martial Arts?
How can Martial Arts help me?
Why are traditional Martial Arts important?
The answers are often evasive or self centred basing the response on a level of ‘come to my martial art as it is the best’.
The best martial art has a teacher and instructors that can communicate the importance of self defence and respect rather than fighting especially for kids. There are martial arts out there where the sporting aspect requires a particular fighting mindset and thats fine but only if that child is the kind of kid that wants that. There are many kids that do not have that fight in them and will feel safer in a martial art that will cater for each individual kids needs. That requirement must be clear and understood by the instructor who, through experience, will know the needs of each child and direct their training in a way that gives them full exposure to developing their full potential and not feel left out. For example, it is easy to teach a child how to protect themselves from bullies but it is equally important to make a child aware of the devastating effects of being a bully and to instil that from an early age. Good martial arts teach discipline and manners to a level that makes kids aware of bullying but also how not to become a bully. It is how you impart that knowledge and carefully place those valuable teachings on the minds of young people.
The most important thing for children to learn in martial arts is self defence but what is self defence? it is not fighting, it is being clever and dealing with difficult situations that will harm or hurt you and others. It is the last resort to fight your way out of trouble and the first thought or natural reaction, through good training should always be to escape. Running away is said to be the best escape but if a child has fear or worse, hatred, after running away then they have not truly escaped and have only partially removed themselves from danger. Strength in the mind is equally important to a childs understanding of self defence as much as physical techniques.
At Shogun martial arts Navan kids learn all of this with emphasis on good behaviour throughout all aspects of their lives and time spent well in good manners with a disciplined mind will keep you safe. Safety however is not just something that you can magically summon or wrap yourself in an impenetrable lovely warm cocoon. It is earned through hard work and good training.
All instructors at Shogun Navan are trained in Japan and each with their individual knowledge and training history bring valuable teachings to the kids here at the Navan ninja kids martial arts club. Manners, discipline, respect and the highest level martial arts techniques to train the body and the mind imparted at a level of understanding the needs of each child make the instructors in Navan Martial arts the most qualified teachers of kids martial arts.
The best kids martial arts teach manners, discipline and respect as well as good self defence for kids. Navan martial arts club not only imparts this knowledge but does so in a fun filled happy environment. Kids martial arts classes in Navan co Meath cater for all ages and parents are very much a part of the club. All our instructors are trained in Japan under grandmaster Shoto Tanemura and all members are registered in Japan. Martial arts Navan cover all aspects of childrens martial arts and encourage this discipline throughout other aspects of their lives. Kids martial arts Navan teach children the value of respecting their parents and teachers as well as the best childrens self defence through awareness. It is better if a child can see danger before it happens and escape. This is the age old way of teaching children good martial arts and martial strategy. They must only engage in conflict when there is absolutely no other option and in that case they must have good childrens self defence.
An important part of kids martial arts Navan is learning how to deal with bullies in a way that does not turn the child into a bully. If a child has self worth then they will not bully others. The best childrens martial arts classes teach children self worth.
Adults martial arts classes in Navan teach traditional Japanese Kobudo in the traditional way with emphasis on the highest level of manners. Kobudo forms the basic levels of all Japanese martial arts and therefore the best adults self defence. Navan martial arts club teach Genbukan Martial Arts which covers the complete martial arts spectrum of training from kicking, punching, blocking, locks, throws, escapes as well as Japanese sword, bo staff (stick fighting) spear and archery. There are specialist weapons after this and the highest level of martial arts training that round the person. In ancient times women had to walk the mountains attending shrines and some were even monks. They had to learn the highest and best womens self defence in order to survive. This again was achieved through traditional training. It is not about fighting or competition. It is about self defence and the preservation of life. It is about teaching children good manners and the best childrens self defence through martial training. It is about giving women the tools to deal with difficult situations while enjoying training. It is about the best fun things for kids to do in Navan while learning valuable life skills. Kids can learn great skills through a very good childrens martial art but they must balance this with good manners and understanding the essence of the martial arts.
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Live by the sword, die by the sword is a common saying related to the savagery of war or a lifestyle that would bring about an unhappy ending. The reality of sword training is very different from this and teaches us the culture of the sword because that is where the training brings the person and eventually the personality that becomes intertwined with this culture. It breeds a very different understanding of why one would train with the sword and defines the art in its true light. The culture of the sword is of course intrinsically tied to warfare but it has a disciplined nature and that makes it very different to firing a gun or even training with a knife. There is of course discipline in all weapons training but the Japanese sword was taken to a much higher level and with it those who afford themselves that time and patience in becoming part of that training in its most stringent and controlled manner become enamoured to its power and more so its strength.
At Shogun.ie Navan and Mullingar students come to train for many different reasons, some simply love the culture of Japan and its history. It is important to know that history makes you what you are and by immersing yourself in the culture of what you are learning history becomes a part of you.
The power of a sword is in its cut and ultimately in one who wields it well, but Its strength, when realised, is not one of warfare it is of the forging of a more disciplined mind.