Your kids don’t need to know the Kung-Fu Panda dance to discover a love of martial arts. Participation in martial arts, such as Karate, Kung Fu or Jujitsu, is a great way to boost a child’s self-confidence and fitness. Plus, martial arts facilitate socialization, focus, determination and respect. According to Parenting, martial arts can go a long way toward helping children with ADHD improve self-control and concentration, not to mention develop patience. Of course, there’s also the important self-defense aspect. Proper martial arts instruction teaches children when force is acceptable and how to avoid or diffuse conflict.
In Vermont’s NEK, there are options for kid-friendly martials arts training. For example, in St. Johnsbury, there is a USA Karate School (802-748-8411). Just beyond the VT border, in Littleton (also the “North Country”), David Badurina runs USA Karate Littleton. USA Karate Littleton offers Lil Dragons, children’s and homeschool classes.