There’s no doubt about it: pre-school age children look adorable in karate uniforms! But martial arts training for this age group provide more than cute photo and video opportunities to share on Facebook™, Instagram™, or Pinterest™. Many of the same benefits that older children, teenagers, and adults receive as a result of training in a quality martial arts program can be gained by kids age two to five years old. That’s on a slightly smaller scale, of course!

Karate is a great tool for getting young children started on a physical fitness routine. Exercise can actually be fun! It helps prevent obesity, and develops better focus and gross motor skills. Pre-schoolers develop self-confidence practicing martial arts in a setting designed specially for children. They are taught valuable pre-school lessons like kindness and honesty that will help shape the rest of their lives.  Children develop these life skills and use them at home and at school. Even daycare workers and schoolteachers notice the difference.

Courtesy, self-control, and other traits improve across all ages through karate training. The basic elements of a martial arts program designed for pre-school children are the same. Pre-schoolers are taught to respect one another as well as their teachers, parents, and instructors. Mind and body improve with help from caring, capable, and experienced martial arts role models.

With focus on attention and awareness, instructors prepare very young “karate kids” to become good students. Pre-schoolers are taught – at a level appropriate for their ages – to memorize form, technique, and quality within the martial arts. They learn to apply their life lessons at home and at daycare. This helps children learn memory skills essential for success in school and beyond. Martial arts give pre-school age kids a solid foundation from which to build their bright futures.


Many martial arts schools offer programs specially designed for kids, in addition to programs for other age groups. A quality program provides much more than just self-defense training. It also imparts life skills and good values such as:

  • Courtesy and Respect
  • Patience
  • Focus and Concentration
  • Self-Control

With sincere effort, the results are very impressive and easy to see!

Although not every area has a quality martial arts school, there are now more clubs and schools across the nation than ever before. Finding one that suits your needs could be just a quick Google™ search or phone call away! In fact, some regions are very competitive, so karate schools work extra hard to provide superior programs and facilities.

Some martial arts disciplines offer life skills that can be applied to any age group. For a six year old, they might be self-control and respect. For adults, stress relief or better presentation skills could be most helpful. For anyone at risk, self-defense skills could be most important. Senior citizens seek a “total body” fitness routine in a safe, supervised environment.

Martial arts of all kinds provide a calorie-burning workout that builds strength, endurance, and flexibility. The practice of stances, strikes, blocks, kicks, and other moves should vary in pace and intensity based on age and fitness level. The same is true for life skill lesson. Kids are taught differently than senior citizens, though many basic lessons could be the same.

Quality martial arts training works to improve the lives of students in three vital areas: physical, mental, and emotional. Similar to meditation, karate deserves its reputation as being good for body, mind, and soul by getting results for all ages.


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