Kids' Fun Martial Arts: Facts & Ideas

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Kids' Fun Martial Arts: Facts & Ideas

Interesting facts about Kids' Fun Martial Arts: Facts & Ideas

  • The term ‘Martial Art’ is Latin and means the art of Mars, referring to the Roman God of war.

  • The 2010 remake of “The Karate Kid” depicts American teen actor, Jayden Smith, actually doing Kung Fu.

  • Famous Martial artist Bruce Lee invented his own style called ‘Jeet Kune Do.’

  • Wing Chun is a form of Kung Fu invented by a small woman to defend herself against attacks from large men.

  • Actor Chuck Norris was a student of Tang Soo Do in Korea in the 1960s and has since founded his own martial arts school.

  • In the film ‘Way of the Dragon’, Bruce Lee fought Chuck Norris in the Roman Colosseum.

  • Earning a black belt in any martial arts is usually the end goal for most students. This can take anywhere between 3 and 10 years, it all depends how much effort you put in!

How to pick a martial arts class for your child about Kids' Fun Martial Arts: Facts & Ideas

Some key points to consider when choosing a Martial Arts club/class for your child:

  • What ages and skill levels does it cater for? Does this suit your child?

  • What is your child hoping to gain from Martial Arts classes? Confidence? Self-defence skills? Fitness? Strength?

  • Will this style of class achieve these aims?

  • What style or form of Martial Art does the teacher use?

  • What style is your child interested in learning?

  • What should your child wear for the classes?

  • Do you need to buy anything specific prior to starting?

National associations & clubs about Kids' Fun Martial Arts: Facts & Ideas

NAKMAS (National Association of Karate and Martial Arts Schools) - Established in 1992, NAKMAS is a National Governing Body which provides insurance, documentation, grading, etc. to its members.

The Jitsu Foundation - Jitsu is a martial art based on the traditional styles of Jiu Jitsu.

Qualifications & exams about Kids' Fun Martial Arts: Facts & Ideas

Qualifications/grades for children

Most martial arts use a grading system based on coloured items such as a belt or a sash. The basic system starts with yellow, then green, blue, purple and black but may incorporate more colours between, before or after. Individual differences occur between different martial arts so it is important to understand how the grading system of your chosen style works. If your child starts a martial art, it is a general guide that he/she will advance one grade per year at the very least. Therefore a child starting at age 8 years old is likely to have their black belt by the age of 18 at the latest.

Qualifications of tutors/coaches etc

This again is dependent on the individual sport.

Different teachers will have different qualifications for the type of martial art they wish to instruct so it is important to check that the qualification the instructor holds is relevant to you.

Learning from the activity about Kids' Fun Martial Arts: Facts & Ideas

  • Balance

  • Agility

  • Coordination

  • Strength

  • Physical fitness

  • Gross motor skills

  • Endurance

  • Reflexes

  • Concentration

  • Precision

  • Stamina

  • Stealth

  • Discipline

Each martial art has a different focus. A parent needs to consider what a child hopes to gain from a martial arts class (e.g. fitness, self-confidence, spirituality, self-defence, flexibility, strength, social skills, etc.) and then can research the different styles available, choosing the one that best provides the skills required.

Famous people about Kids' Fun Martial Arts: Facts & Ideas

Sherlock Holmes was supposedly a master of the uncommon but very real form of British martial arts “Bartitsu”, which helped Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s hero defeat his nemesis, Professor Moriarty.

Batman star Christian Bale (born January 30, 1974) and Chaplin actor Robert Downey Jr (born April 4, 1965) both have trained in Wing Chun, a form of Kung Fu.

Elvis (1935 – 1977) – Pop star during the day, master of Chito-ryu (Japanese form of karate) by night. Earning a black belt in this, the 60s singer also dabbled in Shotokan karate and Taekwondo.

Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan (born April 7, 1954) is a Chinese martial artist widely known for injecting physical comedy into his martial arts performances and for performing all his own complex stunts. He has appeared in more than 150 films starting his acting career by being a stuntman in Bruce Lee films.

Bruce Lee (1940-1973) learnt Wing Chun (a close range combat martial art) from the age of 12 years old, before developing his own style of martial art as an adult. He was very much focused on the acrobatics and fitness side of the sport and managed to translate this into his role as a film actor and director.

YouTube about Kids' Fun Martial Arts: Facts & Ideas

CCMAA CNY 2012 Martial Arts Demonstration (Multiple) - A Martial Arts demonstration celebrating Chinese New Year in Boston 2012.

Black belt karate kid 8 year old - A film of Mark Garry who was the youngest person to achieve Karate Black belt at only 8 years old.

9 Year Old Jake Ramos Testing for Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do - There are lots of films out there of cute children trying different martial arts but this one is really worth watching. 9 year old Tae Kwon Do student, Jake Ramos, testing for his Black belt after 6 years of training.

Interesting articles about Kids' Fun Martial Arts: Facts & Ideas

Facts about martial arts -  A short article about choosing martial arts instruction for children.

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