When parents join their children in karate class, they both benefit in several ways. The active routine provides “quality time” that they don’t get at home or in sports where one party is just a spectator. Children often see their parents in a new light. They are more open to discussions about values and virtues. Parents get to model the actions and attitudes they want their children to have. This makes a powerful impression on a child’s developing persona, much better than lectures alone. There is a special joy that comes from sharing trials with family members, in addition to the mental, physical, and emotional health rewards earned in the martial arts.
The old saying that “the family that kicks together sticks together” is true in many cases. That’s because of the unique fellowship students enjoy while training, competing, and growing in knowledge and skill together. Family members learn to encourage and rely on each other. This builds loyalty, respect, and gratitude.
By working together in a social setting like karate class, good relationships with other individuals are made easier to create and maintain. Families in karate often become friends with other karate families. This opens the door to positive, lasting relationships that improve the quality of life for everyone involved.