Parents have a lot of options when it comes to choosing activities that help get their children away from the TV. Deciding which will benefit the child the most and be fun enough that they do not hate you for forcing them to go to every practice or class is hard. Martial Arts, or karate specifically because that is the style I have the most experience in, is one of the many my mother tried and I am still training almost seventeen years later. There are many benefits that come from the martial arts (like the ability to defend yourself, the confidence you can gain, and the physical health it promotes) all of which are great from the view point of Mom or Dad but just as importantly they are FUN which as I’m sure you are aware is the most important part for the kids.
Earlier I said that training is fun. It most certainly is but does that mean that children are always going to want to go to class? Of course not, their … Sensei, Sifu, Master, the teacher could be called any number of things depending on style and rank … will require that they work hard while they are in class. Do you want to get off the couch to go do a workout that you know is going to push you to your limit? No one does all of the time so it is crazy to expect that from your kid, but while they are there and after class ends they and you are going to be glad they went. I would even bet my car that they leave with a big smile on their face.