Martial Arts Training at MIMA Meets Kid's Activity Needs

According to KidsHealth.org children 6 - 12 years of  age need physical activity to build strength, coordination,  confidence — and to lay the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle.

They're also gaining more control over how active they are.

School-age kids should have many chances to participate in a variety of activities, sports, and games that fit for their personality, ability, age, and interests. Brainstorm with your kids on activities that feel right. Most kids won't mind a daily dose of fitness as long as it's fun.

Many parents choose martial arts for a structured activity because Martial Arts teaches kids a lot.

1. The fitness includes strength training with aerobic benefits as well as flexibility.

2. According to martial arts professional Scott Dolloff "Martial Arts is a transformational instruction sport.  It’s about developing people from the inside out using their sport or the art they love."  

3. Kids like the kicking, self defense, and parents love the "Transformation" of their kids with more perserverence, confidence, self esteem, courage, respect and courtesy

Physical activity guidelines for school-age kids recommend that each day they:

  • Get 1 hour or more of moderate and vigorous physical activity on most or all days.  Martial Arts 2 - 3 days a week keeps kids on a schedule
  • Participate in several bouts of physical activity of 15 minutes or more each day
  • Avoid periods of inactivity of 2 hours or more unless sleeping.  Once again a scheduled martial arts class will give them something to look forward to a couple of days each week.

To learn more,  click the information button or call our school to arrange a tour or free trial session.

About the Author:

MeLisa Turcott Strongheart is a Master Instructor and owner at Mercer Island Martial Arts.  She is a 6th Dan, and in the process of testing for her 7th Dan Master Instructor.  She also holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Mental Health Counseling.   She brings these two areas of specialization to her work with families, children, teens, and in designing curriculum.   

Master Strongheart emphasizes and has taught thousands of students the value and power of respect.   Respect for oneself, other, and the community.   

 (MIMA), located on Mercer Island between Bellevue and Seattle in Washington is celebrating 20 years on the island in 2017.  MIMA's curriculum is intentionally designed to build fitness, flexibility, self-defense, as well as to create a milieu which engenders physiological growth, respect, courage, and community activism and leadership. 

  

MIMA has programs for families to practice side by side, as well as adult, teen, and children's classes.  Also offers before and after school, and summer camp programs for kids.

 

You can contact through email:  strongheart@mercerislandmartialarts.com; calling 206 230-9050.

 

The school is located at:

2630 77th Ave SE #106-108 Mercer Island, WA 98040 

Parking free under the building.

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