5 Great Reasons to Enroll Your Child in Karate

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The Olympic Games over the past week have, as they always do, proven to be awe-inspiring. Watching athletes push their physical and mental limits to achieve greatness puts into perspective just how much effort, time, and energy they have committed to their respective sports to get where they are. Sure, anyone can take up swimming, basketball or gymnastics, but not anyone can do what Katie Ledecky, Kevin Durant or Simone Biles do. They show incredible discipline and endurance in practice every single day.

One sport, however, that doesn’t get a lot of attention in the United States, requires superior discipline, endurance and respect from everyone who practices it – whether they’re just in it for the fun, or to ultimately win a medal at the Olympics—and that is martial arts.

This week the Taekwondo events will begin in Rio. If you get the opportunity, watch some of the matches with your kids. Korean karate (which is probably the most common martial art found around our country), and other martial arts, are fantastic sports to involve your children in from a young age. I started Tang Soo Do (which is now Soo Bahk Do) when I was just eight years old. I trained for five years straight and earned my black belt. It was one of the best things I have ever done. Here are some reasons why:

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