If you’re planning to enroll your child in advanced martial arts classes, be sure to consider your decision carefully. Advanced martial arts training are definitely more challenging than basic classes, but they also have other challenges that you may not be aware of. So if your child is interested in more advanced martial arts then here’s what you need to know.
What Does Advanced Martial Arts Classes Involve?
Advanced martial arts classes have several features that set them apart from more basic classes. For starters, they teach more advanced moves and techniques. In the case of Karate and Jiu Jitus, for example, their advanced classes include katas, disarming moves and locking moves. In the case of Lickboxing and Muay Thai, they may also include more explosive punches/kicks, take downs and submissions. For those martial arts that use weapons, like Kendo or Arnis for example, they may involve the use of blunted swords and practice knives.
Another feature of advanced martial arts classes is that they teach lethal moves designed to incapacitate opponents. For example, depending on the type of martial arts your child is taking, he or she may also learn about some of the weak spots in the human body. A good example is the Filipino grappling/wrestling martial arts known as Dumog, which exploits sensitive nerves and muscles to allow for faster and more efficient submissions.
Another characteristic of advanced youth martial arts is that it tends to hybridize different moves and techniques. For example, if you want your child to take up youth Pankration then they will need they will need to have a certain degree of mastery in Karate and Taekwando. This is because Pankration is based around each student’s ability to combine different fighting techniques in a particular fight. A similar mechanic can also be applied to more modern forms of Karate and Jiu Jitsu, both of which require students to integrate and combine various basic moves to create more powerful techniques.
However, the most important characteristic of advanced martial arts is that they involve sparring sessions with equally skilled opponents. Most basic martial arts courses are usually limited to strikes, blocks and the most rudimentary grappling and locking moves. They are also conducted with limited or highly regulated sparring sessions
In contrast, advanced martial arts sparring sessions are meant to simulate on real life situations or competitions. For example, your child may be asked defend himself against an attacker who is armed with a knife, or they may be asked to fight off two opponents within a given amount of time. Some sparring sessions are also conducted to prepare students for martial arts competitions.
Issues to Consider When Enrolling Your Child in Advanced Martial Arts Classes
Before you enroll your child in advanced martial arts classes, be sure to consider a few things first. First of all, there’s the physical issue to think about. Generally, it’s not a good idea to enroll a child who is 7 to 8 years old or below in advanced martial arts classes. Not only do they lack the physical capabilities for these kinds of classes, they may also lack the emotional and mental fortitude for the more intense training.
Secondly, you need to make sure that your child has some prior background in basic martial arts. As we’ve mentioned before, advanced students need to be aware of the basic moves before they can progress on to the more difficult courses. In Karate, for example, advanced disarming and locking techniques are no good if the student does not know the basic blocking moves.
The third issue to consider is your child’s motivation. Advanced classes are physically and emotionally demanding, so you need to make sure that your child is prepared to make the necessary sacrifices to see things through. They need to be disciplined with their schedule, so as to balance school with their martial arts classes. Also, they will need to start exercising in order to keep up with the physical demands of learning martial arts.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that advanced martial arts opens up new opportunities for talented students. Children who have started their advanced martial arts training when they’re still around ten have a very good chance of becoming professional martial artists or competitors once they’ve grown up. So if your child wants to pursue that opportunity then they can get started as soon as possible.