Martial Arts is about Education not Recreation
Posted: August 03, 2017
Martial art is about education not recreation! It is not just a sport, or a game or an activity to fill up some time, but an established (5000+ years old) system that teaches life skills. Many times we look at the martial arts as recreation and something that we can quit if it gets too hard. What are we teaching our children? It’s easy to do thing right, or do things in general if it is fun, or not challenging but where integrity will kick in is when it gets a little tough or when it becomes work. As adults, we are responsible for our lifestyle choices and in many cases, our children’s lifestyle. Whether or not our children get enough exercise and eat healthy foods has a lot to do with the example we set for them and the choices we provide them with. According to recent studies, the percentage of children who are overweight has doubled in the last 20 years! However, do not blame the kids. Keith Ayoob, an associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine says, "I never see a child who has better eating habits than his parents." Children eat the foods that are served to them or what is easily available at school or home. Family rules and routines can compromise exercise and eating habits. An adult can exercise any time they like, but an eight-year-old more than likely requires supervision. Children have obstacles to overcome when it comes to lifestyle choices.