WHAT WE HAVE TO SAY:
There are many different martial arts out there today, that makes choosing one, a lottery, so a word of advice, research what you are entering into. There are many martial arts organisations out there with instructors of limited or little experience with no lineage, that have no defined syllabi for different ages, choosing to teach the same material to every age group, including adults! That’s like sending your child to school where there is only one classroom and everyone is expected to learn the same material regardless of age or developmental stage let alone taking into account any other considerations, such as disabilities. Most parents and even some martial arts instructors have no idea what damage can occur when maladaptive behaviour is taught to children. It is therefore vitally important that the martial art you choose for your child to learn, has knowledgable, experienced, established instructors to not only teach your child the respective martial art discipline, but to do so in a safe and effective manner with attention paid to correct biomechanical movement, physical and mental health, as well as instilling a sense of respect, self-esteem and confidence to aid your child as they mature and become young adults.