Parents according to KidsHealth.org  Kids this 6 – 12 need physical activity to build strength, coordination, and confidence — and to lay the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle. 
 
School-age kids should have many chances to participate in a variety of activities, sports, and games that fit for their personality, ability, age, and interests. Brainstorm with your kids on activities that feel right. Most kids won’t mind a daily dose of fitness as long as it’s fun.
 
Physical activity guidelines for school-age kids recommend that each day they:
    •    get 1 hour or more of moderate and vigorous physical activity on most or all days
    •    participate in several bouts of physical activity of 15 minutes or more each day
    •    avoid periods of inactivity of 2 hours or more unless sleeping
 
I have been teaching martial arts for a long time and I don’t know another sport that gives a child everything her or she needs.   Two to three sessions a week give kids a structured time schedule for fitness, fun, self defense and protocol. Classes begin with respect and courtesy followed by stretching, strength building, aerobic training, jumping, kicking and learning self control and self defense.   Everything the medical community recommends with a healthy dose of fun, says Master Greg Silva from Black Belt Schools International.  This is a great time to start kids with training.  Many parents are looking for an indoor activity to keeps kids active all winter.
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