The Benefits That Martial Arts Can Provide for 5 and 6-year olds


Children between the ages of 5 and 6 are in the “dynamo” stage of development. They are now at a point where basic skills become the foundation for their continued growth. With the right mindset and curriculum, martial arts can help them build a more solid foundation for basic fundamental skills, which are essential for continued development.

Below are milestones that martial arts can help accomplish:

Top PHYSICAL development milestones:

  • Demonstrating BALANCE by performing high repetitions of kicks without putting the foot down.
  • Showing good CONTROL with the body while keeping it in motion.
  • Demonstrating good FITNESS by applying technique in exercises beyond ten reps.

Top INTELLECTUAL development milestones:

  • Demonstrating good FOCUS to the task at hand, with little or no distractions.
  • Demonstrating good MEMORY by retaining three or more commands at once, and beyond, while staying in order.
  • Demonstrating COORDINATION by performing various left and right commands with a variety of different strikes and kicking combinations.

Top EMOTIONAL development milestones:

  • Maintaining DISCIPLINE by following directions after only being told once.
  • Demonstrating DISCIPLINE by not acting silly when performing activities that require leadership.
  • Showing CONTROL of the mind to work through during difficult tasks

Top SOCIAL development milestones:

  • Demonstrating good TEAMWORK in competitive situations.
  • Showing CONTROL by not interrupting, such as raising your hand when someone else is speaking.
  • Having the FOCUS to sit still when appropriate.
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