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Martial Arts are one of the best extra-curricular activities/ sports for kids in Toronto, North York and Vaughan. Martial Arts can help set up a foundation of good learning skills, athletic skills, and coordination. A key thing which separates martial arts from traditional sports such as hockey, basketball, and/or soccer is the strong cultural and mental components involved. Children in martial arts not only learn about the rich cultural heritage of the art/country it was derived but also learn key skills of respect, discipline, and integrity. As a martial arts instructor, I always say that is not my responsibility to just teach kids martial arts but to also teach them life skills and a strong foundation of learning skills to ensure success in school, athletics, and socially.
In Toronto, North York, and Vaughan we are lucky to have a plethora of martial arts schools. While there are many different options in the Toronto, North York and Vaughan area, not all schools are the same nor do they cater to the same goals of parents. When shopping around for a martial arts school for your kids here are some key things to consider:
-How often do you want your kids training?
-Do you want your kids training in just one discipline or multiple disciplines? e.g. a school that just offers striking program, or a school that offers both striking and grappling.
-Do you prefer traditional martial arts such as karate or taekwondo or more modern/combative arts such as Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Boxing and/or MMA ?
-What is the martial arts background/experience of the Head Instructor? What experience does he/she have working with kids?
-Do you want the focus of the program to be on technique development, life skills development, or competition development, or a combination of 2 or 3 of these?
-Does the school have a formal grading system and standardized curriculum?
-Is this a community oriented school? Is the school a community or just a gym/drop in center? Is there a sense of family/comradery instilled into students?