Some kids have incredible self-motivation. You just point them in the right direction, and they will strive to achieve excellence. Other youngsters require a fair amount of prodding to try new things and stick with them. If this sounds familiar to you, you might find these tips for parents to keep kids motivated to practice martial arts helpful:
Help Kids to Set Goals
When you don’t have a goal, you lack direction, and any work you do will be unfulfilling. By helping your child set goals, you give them direction and make their time in martial arts classes more enjoyable. There are a number of different types of goals you might help your youngster set. The most obvious is advancing in belt ranking. However, this may be too large of a goal for them to easily conceptualize so break that up into smaller goals: learn to master a movement, practice a certain amount each day, etc.
Observe Your Child During Class
Most martial arts schools will let you pop in and watch classes whenever you want. If you feel your kid is having trouble, watch a class or two. This will give you a firsthand look at what could be hindering their motivation. For instance, if they are distracted by another classmate during lessons and are constantly missing what the instructor is saying, it could make them feel like they are behind or just not getting it. You can share these observations with your child.
Keep a Positive Attitude about Class and Practice
Whatever you do, stay positive. Let your son or daughter know that you will support them no matter what. When you keep a positive attitude, it will rub off. One way to stay positive is to ask your young one on the drive home what their favorite part of the class was. This reinforces the best aspects of class in their mind and makes them more readily recallable when they think about their martial arts practice.
Be Their Number One Fan
This tip piggybacks on the previous two. When you watch your child in a class, it shows that you care and find what they are doing to be important. Also, number one fans are always positive. In learning anything new, there are positive moments and brief setbacks. Do not ignore the setbacks. Instead, point out that setbacks are part of the learning process, and it is what your child learns from them that will determine their overall success.
Involve Friends and Family
Does your youngster have a favorite uncle, aunt, cousin, friend, or anyone close that they look up to? If you are having trouble keeping your kid motivated, consider having this close friend or family member talk to them. Or, better yet, have a few people offer encouragement.
Enroll Your Kids in MP USA Youth Martial Arts
Many martial arts studios will try to lock you into a long-term contract without giving you and your son or daughter the opportunity to see if the class is a right fit. MP USA does not operate that way. We encourage children to come to our three-day introductory class before enrolling. These lessons, which take place on three consecutive nights – Monday through Wednesday, 5 pm to 5:45 pm, will introduce your kids to Merpati Putih and help our instructors to cater lessons specifically to your youth.
For a limited time only, we are offering a 55% discount on our intro classes through Groupon. Included in this offer is a uniform, and after they complete the lessons, they will earn their white belt. If you are interested in taking advantage of this deal, visit Groupon today.