Do you struggle to get your 5 or 6 year old off their games console or iPad? When you think back to your own childhood, do you see a significant difference between how active you was as a child compared to that of your son or daughter?
At 5 or 6 years old these children should be active every day. In fact, current guidelines from the NHS suggest that children 5 years and above should be taking part in at least one hour of moderate-intensity exercise every day. The recommendations go on to suggest that the children should experience a variety of different exercises and intensities that increase bone density, build strength and develop movement skills.
Taking part in exercise from an early age is important and research suggests that the development of FUNdamental Movement Skills in early childhood has a dramatic effect on future participation in physical activity.
When it comes to taking part in a new activity, in a new place with people the children are unfamiliar with, children can find starting new activities a little challenging. Does your child sometimes say they don’t want to take part in a new activity because they are afraid of getting things wrong, even before they have even tried a new activity?
Every time a child takes part in a new activity, there is a chance they make not get everything right the first time. This can sometimes cause them to not try at all, following the logic that you can’t fail if you don’t try. The children that think their abilities and intelligence are said to have a fixed mindset. A growth mindset is a belief that anyone can improve their abilities and intelligence given enough effort.
Research has shown that a growth mindset can help children reduce stress, take on new challenges, build intrinsic motivation, enhance self-esteem and improve confidence.
Do they often stick with challenging tasks and find it hard to work towards goals? Are they easily distracted and struggle to complete activities they are started?
In the marshmallow test performed by psychologist Walter Mischel in the sixties, researchers performed an experiment that asked children to resist eating a marshmallow with the promise of a second if they managed it.
Years later Mischel followed up on his orignial study and that found the children that were able to delay gratification longer developed a higher sense of self-worth, lower levels of obesity, lower levels of drug and alcohol abuse, they pursued their goals more effectively, had higher levels of education and also enjoyed better quality relationships.
Every parents wants thier children to be able to make new friends easily. This enables their children to be dropped into different environments and make new friends easily. Are you also looking for an activity that also have a positive peer group?
As the saying goes ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together’. Being able to understand people, show empathy, respect other children’s personal space and understand how to work with a partner or as part of a group is skills that can be learnt.
Social interaction is not only important for confidence building but is also one of the reasons children love physical activities. Children start activities for lots of different reasons but often the main reason they continue to participate is the friendships they build.
Have you looked at activities for your child that often require you to pay for a term or buy expensive equipment before your child even get’s started?
All clubs to make a profit (even the not for profit clubs) so they can pay their bills and improve their facilities. While parents understand this, what they don’t like is paying a fortune for unqualified coaches delivering unorganised programmes.
The Warrior Factory martial arts centres are run as ‘not for profit’ Community Interest Companies. That said, we pride ourselves on providing a professional service. We find that this allows us to focus on developing great classes rather than maximising our income.
Our children’s martial arts programme has been up and running since 2008. Based on the MAPLE framework (Martial Arts Physical Literacy Engine), the system is designed to deliver fun sessions that are psychologically, physically and socially age-appropriate for your son or daughter.
After leaving a career as a Network Engineer in around 2008 to concentrate on teaching martial arts full time, Phill started researching for new ways to improve his coaching skills. He noticed that most martial arts instructors taught their children’s martial arts classes the same as they taught their adult classes. He knew there must be a better way to teach classes to children but he didn’t know where to look to find the asnwers.
At the time the only training courses he could find were gym based. This led to him becoming a Level 3 Personal Trainer, before going on to study for a BSc and MSc in sports coaching at Leeds Becket University. The MAPLE system is the result of over £40,000 spent on education and 10 years of research and development.
In most martial arts, all students need to do to become instructors is pass a black belt test based on their ability to perform the martial art, not teach it. Although the martial arts field has very little regulation, the Warrior Factory venues do things a little different.
Not only do our venues built on research-based children’s programme (MAPLE), but many of our coaches have a degree in either early year’s development or sports coaching. Pairing a programme based on theory and research with qualified coaches helps us to provide safe, fun and age-appropriate classes for our members.
Our kids martial arts classes teach strikes, kicks, blocks and stances along with various combinations from our Taekwondo syllabus.
FUNdamental Movement Skills games are integrated into our kids martial arts classes to build the basic movements needed for all sport & physical activity.
Our Dragons programme includes a key skills programme to help the students develop positive psychological characteristics
This is the perfect age for the children to develop the social and leadership skills they need to work in pairs or groups.
Physical fitness for this age focuses on the 8 main skills; locomotion, strength, stabilisation, coordination, flexibility, speed, agility and power.
The aim of this programme is to help the students understand the benefits of training and how it can improve their long term outcomes.