Why Children Should Learn Karate

Why Children Should Learn Karate

by Luca L’Aurora: Essay Contest Winner

“I believe that martial art training is one of the best activities a child can participate in to build confidence, self-esteem, and discipline.” Ruth A Peters, PhD

I think most people would concur with the above statement from Dr Peters if only because they have heard this said any number of times from any number of people (informed and otherwise). Let us consider the other, more obvious, if less ‘noble’ reasons, why children should learn karate.


Practicing karate can be just like playing a sport and has the potential to be an enduring way of life for some of its practitioners (karateka). As per most sports, karate,[pay] through its physical exercise aspects, can have a positive impact on a child’s health. Areas such as weight management and cardio endurance are all positive consequences of a fitness regime. There are many studies which show how physical fitness can help to reduce chronic health issues, and karate is an excellent way to stay fit.

Self Defense

Consider the schoolyard bully. Not a far-fetched notion. Typically, we instruct children to report instances of bullying. But, quite often the reality is that that approach is ineffective, as bullies pay little mind to punishments and instead continue tormenting their victims to maintain and often increase their fear.

Children who can defend themselves against such torments will quickly convey to the bully that they would be wise to steer clear. It’s not too much of a stretch to understand why it may be even more desirable for a girl to be able to better defend herself. Self defense from a karate perspective is as much about generic acomplia 20mg self-awareness and one’s own presence in perilous situations, as it is about how one deals with the physical threats and how to overcome them.


There are plenty of bad examples that children come across with regards to conduct. A refreshing change from the “smack talk” one often hears while attending other sporting events, or from high-profile professional athletes, is the decency and respect one is privy to, in the presence of karateka.

One of the core values of karate is respect. Respect is earned and demonstrated continually, amongst the students, between the students and their Sensei and even their Dojo (consider that bowing is not only between students and Sensei but also upon arriving and departing the Dojo). Learning respect for those with more experience or higher rank will carry over into other facets of life, such as in school and at home.


The shared experience of meeting challenges and the training and focus needed to surpass them, instills in students a sense of accomplishment and specialty that can only be appreciated by others of the fellowship.

I’ve briefly summarized just a few of the many reasons why children should learn karate. With karate‘s now mainstream adoption, childhood is the time to start new students on the life-long study of karate. Leverage the interest stirred by Bruce Lee, the “Karate Kid” and the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”, to set your child upon a fruitful, fun, rewarding endeavor that can last a life time.

Author Biography
Luca L’Aurora is the father of Eli, a 6 year old boy who has been practicing Shotokan karate for two years (8th Kyu) under Sensei Adriaan Van Vuuren (SASKA USA)

Luca L’Aurora  Eli essay winner why children should learn karate

Luca L'Aurora Author with Eli


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  1. […] “World renowned child psychologist Dr. Ruth Peters (featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, CBS Good Morning, NBC’s Today, CNN Morning News, MSNBC and Lifetime Live) recommends sending children with ADHD and other behavioral and discipline problems to a martial arts school to increase their focus, concentrate better, and have more self-control.” She goes on to say: “I believe that martial art training is one of the best activities a child can participate in to build confidence, self-esteem, and discipline.” Article source […]

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