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Martial arts vs team sports (part 2 of a 3 part series)

There are many team sports that you and your child will come in to contact with over the years.  There are many things to be gained from team sports like teamwork, comraderie, a sense of group goal setting, etc.  However, too often there are some negative things that can happen when playing team sports.

Sometimes, when a sport is new to a child, he/she has a steep learning curve to overcome and that can lead to a lack of playing time because, let's face it, the coach wants to win and rightly so.  But what does that mean for the development of the child?  They already feel behind their peers and can sometimes feel that they are not any good because the coach doesn't play them enough.  This can lead to the child quitting a sport that they otherwise would have had a good future in if they were able to develope at their individual pace.

On the other hand, what if your child is great at a sport?  Let's say football for instance.  Myself, I absolutely loved the sport.  I dedicated three years of my life to lifting weights, running sprints, and going over plays in the off season to be better at a sport that I loved.  But what happened?  Like the VAST majority of high school players, I had to stop the sport I loved at 18 years of age.  (18!)

There are the chosen few who go on to play college ball, and even few still who would go on to play in the NFL.  But what then?  The average life of an NFL player is about two to four years.  So there you are as a mid 20's person who dedicated your life to something and you are told that you can't play it anymore.

The martial arts is unlike either of these two scenarios.  Everyone is evaluated on their own as an individual and are able to move along through the ranks at their own pace.  At the same time, at our New Cumberland taekwondo school, we try to maintain a positive team atmosphere during the workouts.

There is also the fact that you are still able to compete at ANY age.  Tournaments are matched by age and belt level.  At some of the tournaments in Tiger Rock, I have seen people in their 70's still climbing in the ring and putting their best foot (no pun intended) forward.  They were still winning medals, still punching and kicking.  It is quite inspiring to watch.

One of the best things you can do for you and your child is to become involved in the martial arts.  Any martial art, taught by a caring and professionally trained instructor, can be a great addition to any family looking for an activity that they can all do together.  In Taekwondo, we have a saying that "the family that kicks together, sticks together" and in my own experience, that has proved to be true.

So find a school that is right for you and get back in the ring or on the mat...of life.  We would like it if you chose our school but we know that there are a whole host of good martial arts schools in the central pennsylvania area.  If you need help on deciding what makes a good martial arts school, see our past blogs or come by and see us at 98 Bridge Street in New Cumberland PA.

Wishing you the best for you and your family.

Brandon Keeton

Chief Instructor/Owner

Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Central Pennsylvania 

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Tiger-Rock Martial Arts s a National franchising company providing health, skills and fitness training through its franchisees’ Martial Arts programs for members of all ages. Our programs enrich their personal and professional lives in many ways. Tiger-Rock programs are a blend of modern sport science, the latest research, and hundreds of years of martial arts tradition to provide you with the most effective experience available.