Finding a Martial Art That Your Kids Will Love to Learn

publication date: Jul 4, 2020
author/source: Emily Roberts.

Martila arts for kids – karate

Martial Arts isn’t just about fighting. It can help children develop new skills, qualities, and habits that will last a lifetime. Not only that, but your children will have a great time taking part too.

But how do you choose which martial art is the right one for your child? No matter which martial art you choose for your child, they will benefit from the psychological and physical benefits of studying that sport. Keep reading below to find out about some of the most popular martial arts in the UK:

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

One of the most popular martial arts for children in the UK, this martial art teaches children how to outsmart their opponents through grappling and submission.

Brazilian jiu-jitsu can help your child develop their problem-solving skills, and it can improve their patience too. This sport is suitable for beginners and trained athletes alike. It’s also a brilliant choice for families who want to share a hobby together. So, get your Jiu-Jitsu GI on and get down to your local class for your first lesson.


This martial art can benefit you and your children in a number of ways. Not only will your children build up their strength, balance, and flexibility, but it will also help them to learn how to control their bodies.

Muay Thai

Muay Thai is a brilliant choice of martial art for your children. It is similar to kickboxing (another popular martial art) in many ways, however, in Muay Thai, you're taught the art of using your elbows, knees, sweeps, throws and the clinch.

Children who learn Muay Thai learn the art of control as they are expected to spar lightly with their partners and not hit unintentionally. This martial art also allows your kids to set themselves personal goals to work towards instead of working towards a set group goal.


Lots of kids love watching their favourite wrestlers fight on TV, but often as parents, we’re frightened to let our children take part in this type of martial art. Wrestling is one of the oldest martial arts in the world, and it involves getting your opponent in a number of locks, takedowns or pins.

Wresting is one of the hardest sports your children could choose to compete in, but don’t let this put you off. There are a number of physical and mental benefits that come with competing in this sport.

Mixed Martial Arts

If you’re unsure of which martial art is the best one for your child, then a mixed martial art class might be a good option for you. Unlike the martial arts above, which focus on their own goals, mixed martial arts will teach your children a mixture of them all. This can help to make them more well-rounded.

Choosing a martial art that suits your child can be tricky. All martial arts have different benefits to them, so it’s a good idea to talk to your child about which style they’d enjoy practising the most. The more your child enjoys the sport, the more likely they are to try their best and want to go back.