There are many benefits to learning martial arts for kids and teens at any age.
The primary focus is on how to avoid a fight, whether by avoiding the situation, using words to diffuse the situation, or, if necessary, dropping into a fighting stance to scare an opponent. All of these are taught as preferable to fighting. However, should a student need to defend themselves, they will be more prepared.
Physical Fitness & Coordination
Martial arts is a whole body activity that increases conditioning as well as coordination in a fun and supportive environment.
Discipline & Goal Setting
Martial arts is not easy. Students will learn to work hard and focus, not just in class, but at home as well. They will take on goals to make it to the next belt and work to achieve them.
Confidence comes from achieving hard things. As kids and teens advance in rank, they will amaze themselves at what they are able to do. This confidence will carry over into other areas of life outside of the dojo.
A Life Long Pursuit
Martial arts will have a lasting impact. The sooner a student starts training, the sooner they will experience the positive benefits and the longer they have to grow their skills. That being said, it is never too late to start.