The Benefits That Martial Arts Can Provide for 7 to 9-year Olds
Seven to nine-year olds are what most people consider “the golden age.” They are proficient in their vocabulary and problem-solving skills, yet they are not at the age where they want complete independence from adults. However, there’s always room for improvement, right?!?
Here are 4 ways martial arts help 7 to 9 year olds grow by building skills that set them up for success.
• Physically – Seven to 9 year olds typically have weak fine motor skills, so they can look a little “sloppy” when doing physical activity (we like to call this spaghetti arms/legs). Martial arts helps kids this age build these motor skills by focusing on having great technique in their movements. Martial arts also gets students to apply speed and power an agility without being “sloppy”.
• Intellectually– Seven to 9 year olds are extremely bright, but they typically have a hard time concentrating during distractions. They also sometimes tend to over-think things. Martial arts teaches 7 to 9 year olds how to have great concentration despite other distractions and how to retain simple information without trying to put excessive thought into it.
• Emotionally– Kids ages 7 to 9 are wonderfully stable and love challenge. However, they will typically show excessive fear when they over-process something. We expect them to have emotional stability for the most part on normal days. We also expect them to initially show excessive fear when put on the spot. Martial Arts helps them persevere through challenges, especially when they initially feel like giving up, and show courage by facing their fears when trying something new.
• Socially– Seven to 9 year olds are typically social butterflies! They love to interact with others, especially adults. However, they can get frustrated when things don’t go the way they think they should. Martial Arts helps them learn how to address problems and challenges properly without interfering on the overall flow of classes and the constant need for feedback from instructors.
Want to know more? Be sure to check out our age-appropriate curriculum at fortbendtkd.com!