Despite your best efforts, it can be hard to spend time together as a family. Between work, school, individual activities, and alone time, it’s not easy to do things as a family. The last thing you want is to turn around and realize 18 years have passed. Fortunately, karate is an activity that the whole family can enjoy together. Here are some benefits to taking up karate as a family:
When the whole family participates in karate, it gives every individual a shared interest with another member of the family. Your son might like Ninja Turtles, your husband might like to watch the Toronto Blue Jays, and you might like quiet reading time, which makes it hard to talk about your interests. But when you all enjoy karate, everyone is on the same page. The Stewarts are a karate family, and they know this all too well. Whether they “goof around in the house” practicing new moves or “have serious conversations about martial arts,” karate gives the entire family a shared interest that builds stronger bonds.
With today’s busy lifestyles, it can be hard to find shared time together. Karate makes it a possibility. Even just an hour a week spent together at the dojo learning new moves gives the whole family an opportunity to spend time with each other that couldn’t have happened otherwise. When you add in the time spent at home practicing and talking about how awesome karate is, nothing compares.
Better Home Life
The Stewarts recognize the value of practicing karate as a family. “Whether at the dojo, at home or wherever life finds us, we are never at a loss when communicating. We have something we are passionate about, something that brings us together and gives us that family time.” Even better, karate instills “quality life lessons” that can be translated to home life. Practicing karate as a family reduces overall stress levels, improves communication, and increases respect.
Exercise is key to maintaining physical health and reducing risk factors for disease as you age. These habits have to be instilled at a young age, and parents need to set a good example. Practicing karate as a family kills two bird with one stone. Your kids learn to enjoy exercise at a young age, and as parents you lead by example.
Kick your family life up a notch by participating in karate together.