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Kids Kung Fu

Benefits of Kung Fu for Kids

Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm to 5pm weekly. Cost is $100 per month

While fun and beneficial at any age, Kung Fu offers kids a good start to a healthy, active lifestyle. In our plugged-in, sit down world, studies show that children spend more than seven and a half hours a day in front of a screen (e.g., TV, videogames, computer). According to the Presidentís Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, only one in three children are physically active every day.

Worse yet, the American Heart Association estimates that 51% of children will be overweight and 11% will be obese by 2030. This is especially alarming when, according to the same findings, overweight adolescents have a 70% chance of becoming overweight or obese adults. Kung Fu is a super way to get kids off the couch, away from the TV, and engaged Ė no video game is going to do that, not even the Wii.

Whatís more, martial arts are known to improve social skills, discipline, and respect in children. A central tenet in Kung Fu is the emphasis on self-discipline. A child finds discipline through controlled practice and in following the instructor. Memorizing exercises, techniques, strategies, and protocols boosts concentration and focus. Kids learn to respect their instructors, their peers, and most importantly, themselves. And Kung Fu is a great way to make friends who share common recreational interests.

Additionally, this ancient art form teaches self-defense as well as provides a great stress relief. This all can lead to improved confidence and self-esteem as a result of accomplishment, better motor control (including poise and balance), and recognizing oneís potential.

Best of all, studies show physically educated and active kids are more likely to thrive academically and socially. Itís no wonder that Healthychildren.org, from the American Academy of Pediatrics, reports more than 6 million children in the United States participate in martial arts.

Through effective martial art instruction, children learn how to incorporate safe and healthy activities into their lives that may continue throughout their lifetime. Chuan Tao Kung Fuís focus is on personal development and life skills such as health, flexibility, and discipline. Instruction is offered in a non-competitive, encouraging, and fun atmosphere. As in starting any sport, it is best to consult with the instructors at Chuan Tao Kung Fu to see what level would be best for your child to enroll in.