Life’s Hidden Gem for Kids

Tallahassee Parents,

If you are looking for the ideal activity for your child whether they are 4 years old or 14 years old, mostly likely the answer is right in front of you. Sometimes the answers are simpler than we realize, although our brain might not have considered the idea.

Recently the Tiger Rock Martial Arts franchise hired a company to interview parents, elementary school kids and teenagers. After gathering 7 hours of information, the results were very interesting.

Trust me, you will want to continue reading. Most likely you or your children share the same thoughts of the people interviewed.

Parents realized if their kids do not get into a sport early in life, it is very difficult to play at the high school level because of the competition level and experience needed.

Martial arts allows students to start at any age even as early as 4. In fact we prefer students who do not have any previous knowledge or experience so we can start fresh. Some teenagers in the study actual thought you had to start earlier in life at the elementary age. In fact, there is a class just for teenagers.

Parents weren’t as concerned with the exercise component of sports, but wanting to reduce screen time with their kids. However, if their child did not know any kids in the neighborhood, it was a battle to get them outside. Similar battles would arise if they did not have any close friends on a sports team.

One of the many exciting characteristics about martial arts is “no one” sits on the bench. Second, our instructors introduce students to each other on a regular basis helping them become more social and many great friendships often come from these type of interactions.

Parents like to be social too and enjoy time talking with other adults.

Being a parent is not an easy task. Talking with other parents about challenges with your kids, where the best places to shop are or sometimes just venting is important. The martial arts academy lobby is a great place to bring parents together and make new friends just like the training floor does the same for kids.

Parents default to familiar sports.

It is not uncommon for parents to encourage their child to play a sport they are familiar with or played when they were younger. However, kids do not respond as effectively being coached by mom or dad as they do from an outside source. 2 time World Series Champion and manager of the Chicago Cubs, David Ross, says his son doesn’t listen to him for baseball advice. Ross lets his son’s coach do the work and he sits back and enjoys watching his son learn.

Another alternative, learn something new with your child. Martial Arts is a great total body workout and amazing for your mind too. We have several parents that train in the adult lessons while their child trains in the younger classes. It builds a stronger bond in the family and teaches your child a great sense of pride if they can help mom and/or dad at home learn too.

Although it is not always in the front of your mind, many parents liked the idea of their children learning how to defend themselves.

Self-defense is not just important, it is a necessity in today’s world. Knowing how to physically defend yourself is only a small part, self-awareness, being more aware of your surroundings and the people around you is just as important. Martial arts stimulates your brain as much as it strengthens your body.

Kids don’t want to commit to just one activity.

When you are young, you want to experience different things. You should. These experiences help your mind grow. Unlike many other activities, martial arts usually requires a 2 day/week commitment. Tiger Rock Martial Arts academies offer 6 lessons a week to choose from and the flexibility to attend different times each week. The agility, speed, flexibility and strength you receive from martial arts compliments all other sports. In fact, a large number of professional athletes train in martial arts during their off season.

Kids, especial teenagers want to know they are improving and need validation.

If you do not know you are improving, it is hard stay motivated. Metics or statistics are vey important when it comes to measuring your success. Several kids, especially the teenagers liked the idea of earning belts as their skill progressed. They wanted “validation” (their words not ours) that they were improving to stay motivated and inspired!

In Summary…

Parents, if you haven’t looked into martial arts for your child, teenager or even yourself; we encourage you to do so. It is a hidden gem that has been around for centuries and the activity of the future!

Most likely there is a Tiger Rock Martial Arts center in your area ready to welcome your family with open arms. You can contact us locally at or go to to find the closest center to you.

If you are interested in contacting Brad Fantle for speaking engagements you may reach him by email at He is a 7th Degree Black Belt with Tiger Rock Martial Arts, has 25 years experience working with children and teaching self-defense, an Optavia Health Coach and has a BA in Sports & Fitness from the University of Alabama.

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