While people often think of sport martial arts and competitive tournaments when they think of martial arts for children, the more traditional styles of martial arts usually do not involve competition. In keeping with our philosophy at Renseikan Dojo, we teach only non-competitive styles of martial arts.
In today's fast-paced and frenetic world, our children are continuously exposed to competition. They learn quickly that they must be the best, place at the top and always be A # One. It's not surprising, then, that studies show that children today suffer from many stress-related ailments.
This focus on competition and winning has another downside. No matter how you look at it, when being the winner is the goal, there will always be losers. At Renseikan Dojo, however, we teach children that the goal is not to be "the winner", but rather to always win through continuous self-improvement. We achieve this through an emphasis on self-discipline that enables students to do better today than they did yesterday.
We do not believe that competition or tournaments are a productive or long term method of training individuals in karate. It is our belief that sport karate does not truly build self-confidence and self-esteem the way traditional Karate training methods do. Our emphasis is on each child's individual improvement, rather than being based on how well your child performs in comparison to another child.
How do you tell if a non-competitive form of martial art is suitable for your child? The styles of martial arts we teach at Renseikan Dojo provides a number of benefits and builds certain skills:
We acknowledge that sport and competition are wonderful activities for both children and adults to be engaged in but we also believe that many individuals develop both a deeper understanding and more proficient ability by focusing on competing daily with themselves, rather than with others.
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