Can Martial Arts Teach Your Child How To Be A Good Team Player
Both in school and in life, kids need to learn how to work well with others. While they’re young, they must collaborate with fellow students on group projects – and play with them at recess. And when they grow up, they’ll need to know how to work with colleagues and clients to build success.
You might think that because the study of martial arts is an individual pursuit, it doesn’t have anything to do with teamwork. But you’d be wrong.
In our classes, kids pursue individual goals as they work to win belts and stripes. But, they do so as part of a team. We teach in a group environment for a reason. Working with other students gives kids the right environment to learn about teamwork.
Let’s talk about one way that happens. In class, students are taught to be respectful of one another. They encourage and help other students – and they get encouragement and help in return. That might seem like a small thing, but it’s not.
That doesn’t mean that your child won’t get one-on-one attention. That’s a big part of what we do, but we also encourage students to support one another. They learn that it’s helpful to cheer the success of another student – and that they can also gain something by putting their needs aside and helping someone else.
I don’t think I need to tell you how essential teamwork is to success. Kids need to learn the skill of cooperation and collaboration, and they do learn it – with our help.