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St. Patrick’s Day is a time of year that brings fun and excitement for many families. It’s a time when people come together to celebrate Irish culture and heritage. As a parent, you may be looking for ways to engage your child in activities that are not only fun but also beneficial for their development. Of course the activity I always recommend for kids and families is Martial Arts. Specifically my Mat Monkeys and Jr Judo programs, but I thought it would be fun to explore what this Irish themed holiday has to offer.

Needless for me to say, Martial arts are a great way for kids to stay active, develop self-discipline, and improve their overall health and wellbeing. Let’s explore some of the ways celebrating St. Patrick’s Day can be tied to Martial Arts.

What is Mat Monkeys?

Mat Monkeys is Martial Art themed physical education specifically designed for primary aged children. This Kids’ Martial Art program includes a combination of physical and mental training, including strength and conditioning exercises, coordination drills, and self-defense techniques. While physical education is Mat Monkey’s mission, in this kids’ program students are introduced to the beginner skills of Judo, both the world’s first “modern martial art” and most popular Martial Art.

What are the benefits of Mat Monkeys, Martial Arts for Kids?

There are many benefits to kids’ martial arts. First and foremost, it’s a great way for kids to stay active and develop physical strength and coordination. It also teaches discipline, self-control, and respect for others. Additionally, it can improve focus and concentration, which can translate to better performance in school and other areas of life. Martial arts training can also help build confidence and self-esteem, as children learn to set and achieve goals, overcome challenges, and gain a sense of accomplishment.

How can Martial Arts be tied into St. Patrick’s Day?

While martial arts may not seem directly related to St. Patrick’s Day, there are ways to incorporate elements of Irish culture and heritage into your child’s training. For example, you could introduce your child to Irish folk music and dance, which could be incorporated into warm-up exercises or training routines. You could also explore the history and traditions of Irish martial arts, such as the art of Irish stick-fighting.

Another way to tie in St. Patrick’s Day is to focus on the principles of courage and determination that are often associated with Irish culture. These principles are also fundamental to martial arts training. By emphasizing the importance of perseverance and hard work, you can help your child develop a sense of pride in their training and their heritage.

If Martial Arts is not your cup of team maybe you would like to try Irish Dance! 


What should parents look for in a Kids Martial Arts program?

When looking for a kid’s martial arts program, parents should look for a school that emphasizes safety, respect, and a positive learning environment. It’s also important to find a program that is age-appropriate and tailored to your child’s skill level and interests. Look for schools with experienced instructors who are passionate about teaching martial arts to children and have a strong track record of success.

While you might look for a program that offers a variety of styles and training options, we have developed the opinion that grappling Martial Arts, most specially Judo, are the best Martial Art for young Martial Art students. However, if there is not a grappling option where you are located, any program that can help keep your child engaged and interested in their training could be a healthy alternative and give them the opportunity to explore different aspects of martial arts.

Remember, kids’ martial arts can be a fun and rewarding activity for children of all ages. By incorporating elements of Irish culture and heritage this month, you can help make martial arts training even more engaging and meaningful for your child. When looking for a program, be sure to prioritize safety, respect, and a positive learning environment, and find a school that is age-appropriate and tailored to your child’s needs and interests. With the right program and approach, your child can develop physical strength, mental focus, and a sense of pride and accomplishment that will last a lifetime.