When we watch a really good movie, it’s only natural that we want to mimic the characteristics that we find most appealing in the protagonist. This is especially true for kids. The need to connect with those movie characters we admire has led to fun hobbies like cosplay and collecting memorabilia. And, at MP USA, we welcome a number of new students to our Youth Martial Arts program who want to learn the skills demonstrated in the following top 5 kids martial arts movies:
1. The Karate Kid (1984)
Starring Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio, this influential film focused on a youngster developing karate skills so that he could protect himself from bullies. Karate Kid is full of classic lines that have become part of our cultural lexicon, including “Sweep the leg” and “Wax on, wax off.” Though critics call the movie dated and predictable, it’s still a favorite because of the sincerity, warmth, and the relationship between Macchio and Morita. And, just recently, YouTube introduced Cobra Kai, where the hero and antagonist are now middle-aged.
2. Sidekicks (1992)
Sidekicks is about a young man, Barry, who dreams about someday being the sidekick for Chuck Norris. He envisions battling Norris’s enemies, who are often personified by Barry’s real-life bullies. To take steps toward achieving his dream, Barry tries to join a karate dojo, where he is rejected because he’s too weak. The owner of a local Chinese restaurant teaches him instead. This all culminates with Chuck Norris beating the dojo owner with Barry as his sidekick.
3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is based on a comic book of the same name. The iconic movie introduced a generation of youngsters to Donatello (the smart turtle), Leonardo (the leader), Michelangelo (the partier), and Raphael (the angry and rebellious turtle.) Their master is a rat named Splinter, and their enemy is Shredder. The turtles practice ninjutsu, which is a Japanese martial art that integrates a variety of other forms.
4. Kung Fu Panda (2008)
King Fu Panda is the only animated movie to make our list. It follows the story of a panda bear who becomes a dragon warrior through learning kung fu. Though the movie’s story is formulaic, there are healthy doses of action and humor to keep kids of all ages interested. The movie has spawned sequels, animated TV series, video games, and more.
5. The Karate Kid (2010)
Starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, this 2010 reboot of The Karate Kid focuses on an American boy who moves to China and learns kung fu to stand up to some local bullies. Though it isn’t as good as the original, this film is definitely still worth a watch.
Does Your Child Want to Try Martial Arts?
Perhaps, your young one just learned about the Karate Kid franchise thanks to the growing popularity of the new Cobra Kai series. Or, they’ve taken a liking to those ninja turtles. Whether your child is interested in martial arts because of the top 5 kids martial arts movies or some other reason, it’s important for you to nurture their interest in a hobby that will help protect them, teach them discipline, and encourage positive health decisions.
Fortunately, MP USA in Ogden, Utah offers a Youth Martial Arts program that aims to help develop your child’s mind, body, and spirit through the practice of Merpati Putih. Want to learn more? We are currently offering a 3-day 50%-off trial for kids aged 6 and over. Included in the cost of the classes is a free uniform. If you are interested, contact MP USA today!