Muay Thai and other forms of martial arts can be really good for teens. Generally, the sport promotes self-discipline, builds strength, flexibility, and agility, and instills values of honor, hard work, and respect.
When choosing a class, make sure you and your teen have a basic understanding of that particular style of martial art. There are many different types, each with its own unique history, focus, and style. Some classes are more about the individual practice and mastery of kicks, punches, blocks, and other moves, while other styles focus more on competition or direct combat with other students. Muay Thai kickboxing involves kicking, sparring, and punching with boxing gloves. It’s performed with different levels of protective equipment.
Whether you want your teen to gain some basic self-defense skills or you’re hoping they’ll learn self-discipline, martial arts can provide the structure kids often crave and be a great teaching tool.
Participating in martial arts can offer many advantages to students of all ages.
- Motivation and work ethic
- Physical fitness and muscle strength
- Improved cognitive function
- A sense of community