Yes they can. It’s actually not that hard to bring them into learning mixed martial arts. Some kids are so eager they are the ones suggesting it to be taught to them. Though with much speculation and worry, parents don’t let their child get acquainted with the sport until they have reached an understanding of what mixed martial arts really mean.
On the eyes of a child
Watching how fighters do it on television will give your kids a better idea on how the art works although, that would be a bit violent especially on the eyes of a four-year old child. If a parent wishes to let their kids understand how the sport works, it is advisable that the kids are guided as often as possible. Talk to your child about the benefits of the sport and why they are taking it. This will make the child further understand that the sport is not merely for combat but for defending oneself and as a form of creative exercise. As a matter of fact, martial arts, in the general sense can induce discipline and regulate a healthy body.
Teaching the child
Kids are easier to teach than adults. They follow whatever their instructor says and sees to it that every step are executed to its perfect sense. They are good listeners most especially when they want to obtain something new. The level of training can be chosen basing on the preference of the kids or the parents. Even the parents can help their children learn to love MMA.
There are two practical ways wherein your child can learn mixed martial arts: personal tutor like the parents themselves and enrolling them in an MMA school. A piece of advice though, if you plan on teaching your child the discipline, make sure that you know the basics. You should first see to it that personally, as a parent, you understand the rules of the art.
Steps of the instruction
1. Warm-ups. Doing some round of stretching and jumping jacks can release tension and improve the child’s blood circulation. Warm-ups are great in waking up the child’s sleeping energy and provide their heart a head start. Professional instructors and martial arts experts never fail to begin their training with some cardiovascular exercise before performing anything most especially if it’s the techniques are leading to strenuous ones.
2. By instructing your children into a push-up position, you help them strengthen their muscles, define their triceps and biceps. Push-up is considered as an excellent strengthening exercise which helps improve their obedience of the different techniques.
3. Sit-ups are also good to advise your kids before starting out. This is a good exercise for their abs to become firm so that in case they get some strikes on that area, it will be built for it.
By providing the abovementioned instructions, your child can now adapt easier when performing hard techniques. Inform your kids that through tons of hard work, there is a possibility that they will learn the art faster. Pushing your kids to the limit will help. Give them constructive criticisms that can help them improve. Support your kids every step of the way. This will create enough self-confidence that can help them in future encounters.
Mixed martial arts doesn’t require perfect participants but eager ones. And the best candidates are the kids.