As a parent, it can be difficult to choose an afterschool activity for your child. After school or extracurricular activities such as sports, clubs, and afterschool child care are all valid options. So which activity should you choose?
Let’s discuss some options for most parents in Beaufort SC. There are many programs available for children in the Lowcountry. Sports such as football, basketball, baseball, soccer, golf, and other seasonal sports allow children to develop important skills such as a competitive nature and how to develop teamwork, but most sports are seasonal.
Other activities include non-seasonal activities such as dance, gymnastics, arts, and music lessons. Each of these activities offer your child with the chance to learn a specific skill and develop a talent that they may already have. Dance and gymnastics seem like the first choice for many girls who are not interested in sports but would like to develop balance, coordination and fitness. Art or Music lessons in Beaufort SC are a great choice for talented children or those that are looking to develop creativity and pursue an opportunity to become a star int he music or artistic world over time.
Another option that some parents overlook is after school martial arts classes. Martial arts like Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Kung Fu are known for the level of discipline required in each class, and many parents of children that lack focus or discipline look for martial arts classes as an option for their child. But martial arts are not just limited to developing discipline and focus. There are many benefits to enrolling your child in a martial arts class in Beaufort SC.
Martial arts programs offer one aspect of growth that most other afterschool activities due not: Self-Defense! Self defense is an extremely important skill when it is required, but unfortunately many men, women, and children seriously lack the ability to stop an attack from a larger or stronger person. This attention to self-defense makes martial arts a great choice for bully prevention or to help children that are currently being bullied at school or in their neighborhood.
In addition to developing focus, discipline, and self-defense skills, martial arts classes can provide any child with confidence in their ability to defend themselves which translates into confidence in other areas of their life. Like sports, martial arts students are able to compete in tournaments and since the training is physical they are guaranteed to get a great work out each class.
So why choose Beaufort Martial Arts over another afterschool activity?
Martial arts allows each child that participates to learn and develop the same character traits that other afterschool activities offer such as respect, confidence, discipline, creativity, fitness, balance, coordination, competitiveness, and more. But it also teaches your child how to defend themselves if attacked, how to make smart decisions in dealing with bullies and other potential threats, and how to be confident to know when and how to fight back if necessary. Our classes includes realistic techniques from martial arts such as Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Krav Maga, Muay Thai, Boxing, and Wrestling to develop a truly mixed martial arts (MMA) class. The classes are terrific for both boys and girls of all ages, and as an ongoing activity, you won’t have to change your schedule every few months for the next sport.
At Beaufort MMA, we teach children mixed martial arts techniques starting as young as 3 years old. As instructors, we offer strong mentoring of each student that becomes a student and push for excellence not just in martial arts, but in our students’ academics and their behavior and home. We would love to get the opportunity to teach your children martial arts. If you are interested, please read our class information below and sign up for a free class for your child.
Our youth classes meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Omni Fitness in the Beaufort Town Center. 3-5 year old students are welcome to try the class at 5:15pm and children from 6-14 years old can try our class at 6:00pm. We also offer classes for teens and adults. If you or your child would like to try a class, please enter your information in the form below. If you like the class and decide to sign up for classes, please mention the “Afterschool Discount” when you enroll to save $10 per month on your membership. We also offer family discounts!