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Karate is an old form of martial arts. In fact, it’s been around since around the 1300s! When it comes to popular martial arts, this is one of the most used and most popular globally. You don’t have to worry about any weapons. For kids who need more activity in their daily life, karate offers a full body workout. In addition, when kids learn karate, they often learn how to incorporate it into their lifestyle. One thing to note about karate is that it is not about the opponent, but instead about yourself.

Photo by Jyotirmoy Gupta on Unsplash. Two girls train karate wearing gi uniforms and sparring gloves.

If your child wants to learn striking techniques, this is the martial arts for them. Not only does it teach striking with the hands and feet, but it also takes a philosophical approach. Karate teaches balance in life. It teaches children how to live a happy and balanced life with an emphasis on physical activity. Kids can also learn how to use traditional karate weapons, like sai, bo, and nunchaku.

Two girls practice using nunchaku at a seminar at their dojo.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian jiu-jitsu has been sprinting upwards in popularity since the advent of UFC, which was created by the Gracies, the founding family of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. However, just because it is used by professional fighters doesn’t mean it isn’t also great for kids! BJJ is a great tool for teaching self-control. The analytical aspect of the sport (it’s all planning your moves in advance while constantly reevaluating that plan based on what your opponent does) also makes it great for building problem-solving skills.

A child practices Brazilian jiu-jitsu on a Versys V.SPAR.2. A child practices Brazilian jiu-jitsu on a Versys V.SPAR.2. 

This martial art revolves around the ground game. BJJ can be taught effectively without takedowns, which makes it more appealing to safety-conscious individuals (although any good children’s instructor, in any art, will go to great lengths to ensure a safe training experience!). Brazilian jiu-jitsu is a great outlet for kids who like to roughhouse, because you are even allowed to grab your opponent’s gi (uniform)! However, because it is a grappling art, kids need to be okay with physical contact and having people in their space.


Kung Fu

If your child has quick reflexes and doesn’t mind sparring, then kung fu may be a good option. Balance and relaxation is key when it comes to kung fu. Some martial arts rely on kicks, but not this one – kung fu relies on upper body movement. If your child prefers to focus on balance or concentration, then they’ll love this option.

A child practices kung fu with help from an adult training partner. A child practices kung fu with help from an adult training partner. 


Healthy kids need a lot of exercise and physical activity! Unfortunately, nowadays, children are not getting enough exercise. More kids are spending their time indoors. Fortunately, it is never too late for a kid to get started in martial arts. There are programs for children of all ages and all ranges of experience. No matter how young or old, you should always teach your kids the importance of being active.

Martial arts not only teach children valuable lessons, but it helps raise their activity levels and encourages a lifelong, healthy lifestyle. No matter your child’s interests or talents, there are ranges when it comes to the best martial arts for kids. You can find something that they will love.

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