Will studying martial arts make my child aggressive? | House of Martial Arts
ACCESS OUR SCHEDULE
& EXCLUSIVE WEB SPECIAL

Secure your spot and get started today with our EXCLUSIVE offer!

By opting into the web form above you are providing consent for House of Martial Arts to send you periodic text messages. Standard rates may apply. You can reply HELP at anytime or learn more. You may opt-out anytime by replying STOP.
ACCESS OUR SCHEDULE
& EXCLUSIVE WEB SPECIAL

Secure your spot and get started today with our EXCLUSIVE offer!

By opting into the web form above you are providing consent for House of Martial Arts to send you periodic text messages. Standard rates may apply. You can reply HELP at anytime or learn more. You may opt-out anytime by replying STOP.
Lindi Smith

I've gone here for a few weeks now, and I still love being there every time. I've done the fitness kickboxing classes and tried out the combat kickboxing and BJJ classes as well. As other reviews mention, it is an incredibly supportive and non-judgmental environment. I always feel welcome walking in, more so than any other gym setting I've ever been in. Prices are reasonable and the people are awesome!

Dee Ann Fowler Graham reviewed House of Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

If you want a workout to challenge yourself try this place out. I’ve moved and still try to come back when I am in town. Thanks for pushing me & helping me stay healthy.

J.c. Cantrell reviewed House of Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

Stopped in to train while in town for business. I must say I was extremely impressed with the professionalism of the staff. It was only equaled by their friendliness and level of expertise when teaching classes. Definitely a top notch school.

Gagi Sigal reviewed House of Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

Amazing instructors great fitness classes self-defense overall fantastic

Brian Shotton reviewed House of Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

Family. If you train here you become a part of a family. A community driving each other towards excellence.

Steve Richardson reviewed House of Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

They make you feel right at home and they are patient. So glad I signed up

Timothy Clayton reviewed House of Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

Incredibly welcoming atmosphere. Not intimidating at all. Fantastic!

Marat Bleykhman reviewed House of Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

My son is going since 6 for the last four years. The results are awesome from fitness, technique and behavior perspective. He loves it!!!!

Donna Kishbaugh reviewed House of Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

you won't get instruction like this anywhere else... amazing group of people teaching there...

Desireé Martin reviewed House of Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

We've been enrolled here for years. We now have two girls in their Kid's Program. They are amazing!

Kathryn Wolfert reviewed House of Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

I've been taking kickboxing classes here for the past 6 months and have absolutely loved it! The facility is always clean and the staff are super friendly and helpful!

Brytnie Nicole Acord reviewed House of Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

This place is so amazing! There are so many different styles of classes and for all ages! Go try it out!!!! You won't regret it!!!

Alec Chase reviewed House of Martial Arts
5
via Facebook

This is truly the best place around. I love the staff and the environment. You'd be hard pressed to find another place like it.

House of Martial Arts Carmel Martial Arts & Fitness for All Ages!
Call us today to get started 317-575-9333
Request Information

Blog

Our latest news & thoughts

Will studying martial arts make my child aggressive?

Will studying martial arts make my child aggressive?

I want to address one of the most common questions I get from parents about enrolling their kids in martial arts classes. They worry – and you may too – that putting their kids in a martial arts classroom will teach them that fighting is the best way to resolve their problems.

I think the reason that this question is so common is that people who haven’t studied martial arts have some real misconceptions about what it is. Maybe it’s because martial arts movies put such a heavy emphasis on fighting. Parents see The Karate Kid and imagine their kids turning into bullies.

The opposite is true. The core of martial arts is respect for yourself, your instructors, and other people. When you treat other people with respect, your first instinct is not to fight with them when you have a disagreement. There’s nothing respectful about throwing the first punch.

Now, you might be wondering how that can be true. If kids learn how to punch and kick, won’t they want to do those things on the playground, too?

The reason they don’t is that the martial arts aren’t only about fighting. It’s true that people who study martial arts have the tools they need to defend themselves, but they learn other things, too. I’m talking about:

  • How the mind and body work together – and why the mind always needs to be in control
  • The importance of self-control and why they should never lead with their fists
  • How to control their emotions when they need to and avoid being distracted by them
  • How and why they should respect themselves, their instructors, and their fellow students

Unprovoked aggression is contrary to what we teach in our classes. Our students spar in class, but they do so to learn. There are some moves that can be taught only in practice, but we monitor the students and their goal is not to hurt one another.

Some kids choose to do competitive fighting. If your child wants to do that, then we’ll help them prepare. But again, the fights are in a controlled environment. The goal is not to hurt their opponent, but to demonstrate a superior grasp of the martial arts.

In a future email, I’ll share a story about how martial arts study has helped kids stop being playground bullies – but for now, I’ll sign off with this. In our classes, we don’t teach kids to fight. We teach them about themselves, and how to control their minds and bodies. That’s a big difference.

If you’re ready to sign your child up for a trial membership, please click here.

Until next time,

George Nae