All over the country, kids are enjoying the freedom of summer.  No more classes, no more books, no more teachers’ dirty looks… But, for many parents, that means that the stress has only just begun.  Having kids at home for the summer can often mean boredom, arguments, and an abundance of noise.

If you are one of those parents who struggles with the chaos of having kids home during summer break, then you may want to consider the advantages of martial arts training.

Remember, during the school year, kids aren’t just busy learning, they are being exposed to teachers, classroom assistants, and even counselors.  These individuals help them stay on task and ensure the children have a sense of structure.  Over the summer, all of that disappears.

Martial arts, though, can offer a substitute for the classroom over the summer.  There are many advantages of martial arts training during the summer months:

  1. Prevent Learning Loss Every teacher will tell you that it is common for kids to forget much of what they learned over the summer, but martial arts keeps the brain active and can, therefore, help reduce the amount of learning that is lost during the downtime.
  2. Structure The martial arts classes provide a bit of structure for kids who crave it. Scheduled at the same time week after week, the kids know that when and where they have to be, and once there, they are exposed to even more structure, in the form of instruction.
  3. Prevents Weight Gain Another problem that many kids and parents have to contend with during the summer months is weight gain. Readily accessible snacks, television, and video games can lead to a kid packing on pounds during the break from school.  Martial arts provides physical activity, but also teaches children to respect their bodies, which can reduce the snacking habit.