First of all, as a parent, you should be aware of the advantage of allowing your child to follow any sport. It is great for his mental and physical development at the same time. Martial arts are highly recommended, because they do not only promote a balance physical strength, but they will also teach your child discipline, self-control, teamwork, and responsibility.
Do not be afraid that practicing martial arts or participating in martial arts tournaments are too dangerous for your child. Children are split into categories based on age and level of training, plus they will wear adequate safety equipment, to avoid any accidental injuries. Thus, nothing bad will happen while practicing this sport, neither while participating in competitions.
There are many benefits your child will enjoy if he will end up involved in these competitions. Competitions are an exciting way to put finally to practice everything you learned during training sessions. Your child has been practicing, and now it is finally the time to play. It will be a great way to assess how well he acquired the needed skills, where to improve and how to become better. A competition can be the best motivation for a child to want to work harder and exceed his condition. And this will not only apply to martial arts but in anything he will do in life. It is also an excellent chance to teach the child to cope with new situations.
While training with his colleagues, he already learned the weak spots and strengths of all the others, so he will always know what to do. The biggest challenge is when he will have to deal with a new competitor, needing to assess his strategy and adjust his skills. Team bonding and working as a team member will never be more efficient than when participating in tournaments. Each team member will stand by the side of the other, encouraging him and wishing him to win.
The enthusiasm and excitement will fuel up the feelings of belonging to a team, each victory being savored by the entire group. They will laugh together, cry together and comfort each other if the case. As a team, they will come back more welded after each tournament, even if martial arts appear to be an individualist sport. Also, the outcome of the competition is not that important. Most important is the experience and lessons your child will learn out of it. Even if he loses, this will make him even stronger, because he will be more determined to work and perfect his skills. He will learn that failing is not an issue, as it is another step in him becoming a better person, better at whatever he sets out to do.
The experience offered by a martial arts tournament will be something that will stick with your child for the rest of his life. He will remember the fellowship, his victories, and his losses, how he worked to get stronger and how much joy each achievement brought him.
Sensei Luis Costa
CTX Evolution Academy
8100 SW 132th Ave,
Miami, FL 33183