Kids need movement. The thought isn't revolutionary, that is until you've spent weeks at home, in isolation with rambunctious children. Then the thought becomes a daily reminder of your reality. While many martial arts programs are spreading the virtues of kicking and punching on all facets of social media, you might want to ask yourself a few questions before jumping in.
1. Do I have adequate space for virtual training?
The great thing about most martial arts is they don't require a lot of space for solo training. If you're living in a one bedroom studio apartment with more than two people, well, that's a different story. Most families can squeeze out an 8x18 foot area for purposeful martial arts training. Be sure to remove lamps, vases, or any other breakable items from your virtual workout area. Flying arms and legs can make for a nasty cleanup!
2. Will my kids be encouraged to kick and punch each other while learning virtual martial arts?
While it can never be 100% guaranteed, a good virtual martial arts program will teach self-control, discipline, respect, and a host of other positive tenets that go along with punching and kicking. Virtual training is not a substitute for controlled sparring. A quality program will prohibit this from happening in your home.
3. What devices will I need to watch virtual training?
Today's tech-centered society is well-equipped for our current isolation. Just about every kind of tablet, phone, or laptop computer will connect you or your children to platforms ranging from Youtube, Zoom, or Facebook. Be sure to set audio levels at an optimal performance for efficient communication between instructors and participants.
Kids thrive while allowing their brains and bodies to adapt to new adventures. The martial arts are a great way to keep them engaged and healthy. Exercise caution and heavily research any program you might be considering.