Our ATA Tiger program has been years in the making and has been designed by experts. Do we teach them to kick and punch, of course we do, but we do it in a fun way that makes then think they will be the next would champion. In reality we are working on the things that will make them better behaved and more responsible at home, church and school. We work with them to better their listening, paying attention, following directions and showing respect. One of the central tenets of all forms of the martial arts is an absolute focus on self-discipline. Partner-driven training can also foster camaraderie, as they force kids to pair off and build their skills together. Limiting screen-time is a great idea when it comes to getting kids off the couch and encouraging them to be more active. Most forms of martial arts are based around an accomplishment system of colored belt that signify the wearer’s degree of skill. When your child strives toward each new belt, he’s learning valuable lessons about setting and reaching his or her goals. Thinking that martial arts instruction promotes violent behavior is justified if your only experience with the activity comes from television or movies. If fact, many defensive styles teach kids peaceful, non-violent conflict resolution skills and emphasize the importance of avoiding physical altercation. The benefits of martial arts training don’t end in the classroom. The boost in confidence, increased fitness level and new cooperation skills will also help your child navigate the academic and social aspects of school, affect his behavior at home and have an all-around good influence on him as he develops into an adult.