Your Parent's Guide To Martial Arts Instruction For Their Preschooler

You will find many aspects to consider when thinking of a martial arts school for your adolescent. Listed below are more than a few factors to search for in a martial arts school.

Does the martial arts instructor implant self-confidence in the student?    What sort of programs does the karate school propose? Make sure the teacher shows you how the school programs inspire self confidence, have a constructive effect on the child's self image, and show a student how to make use of more self confidence in social situations. 

As an illustration, Master instructor Jeff Ellis of Jeff Ellis International Karate Centers said "In martial arts training, we teach in groups, based on rank. However each student is progressing at an individual speed. Also there will be an emphasis on each child striving to advance themselves lacking the pressure of being compared to someone else."

Ellis went on to say "When the student moves to another belt level, they know they did it by themselves. The result is a feeling of accomplishment and a dramatic raise in that student's self esteem."

But make sure your youngster isn't by themselves in their efforts. When asked about this, Ellis said "Our students are working together to achieve their common goals by helping each other with courtesy, politeness, and cooperation....all necessary values instilled through proper instruction at International Karate Centers. 

Can the karate teacher teach self control? Ellis defines Self-Control as "a person doing what they are supposed to do, and only that".

Does the school teach a range of skillsets? Does it teach your son or daughter blocking, striking, kicking, punching, and self-defense? Can your child enjoy the teaching? Are they engaged? Most of this has to do with the quality of the trainer. 

Does your child learn skills that will help them in other areas? To illustrate, following several months of training in karate, is the son or daughter better able to be in command of their actions, have power over their temptations, and also make them better students at school? 

Ellis said "Once the student knows they can defend themselves from a bully, they have a choice...and the walk away and feel good about that decision. These life skills can even help an adult in their workplace. A confrontation may not be physical, but the situation could provide pressure in a variety of ways. The confidence and control gained through traditional  karate practice will give that person the ability to better deal with any school...and at their workplace.

Jeff Ellis is owner of Jeff Ellis International Karate Centers. Locations include 17112 Pearl Road in Strongsville Ohio and 720 Avon Belden Road in Avon Lake Ohio.. For more information go to or call at 1-440-238-9390 Jeff Ellis International Karate Centers serve the Strongsville, Berea, Brunswick, Hinkley, North Royalton, Middleburg Heights, Medina, Columbia Station, Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Shefield, Sheffield Lake, Westlake, and North Ridgeville Ohio areas.