The distinction between a boy and a girl had its root in history. Boys are regarded stronger and are fit to handle strenuous physical activities while girls are reserved to do tasks which are regarded as feminine. For both parents, they might be too excited about bringing their son to kids’ martial arts but too hesitant to approve their daughter’s prodding to likewise join the training. Let us face the truth: girls should be equipped with skills necessary to repel danger. It is the best gift that parents could afford to give their daughters.

In today’s world, parents are not to be faulted if they are paranoid about the safety of their kids, maybe at a higher degree when it comes to their daughters. Since girls are more likely to be subjected to sexual harassments or to other crimes against person or property (such as robbery), then there is in fact a higher need for girls to learn some defensive techniques. Nonetheless, parents should be aware of things to watch out for.

It is a fact that one who is confident about her skills may be more unmindful about going to some risky places. After all, in her mind, she can defend herself. This is what parents should remove in the mentality of their girls once they are undergoing training in kids’ martial arts. The training is not a ticket to going anywhere without assessing the safety conditions of their destination.

Do not worry about your girl turning masculine at the end. Kicking, punching, grappling are not reserved to be done by boys only. As a matter of fact, some kids’ martial arts trainer comments that girls are easier to train and are faster to assimilate martial arts skills because of their flexibility and dexterity. Martial arts, after all is not solely on strength or power – it is also about agility, flexibility and above all sharpness of the mind to assess the situation and stage a particular action necessary to repel an attack and make a blow.

If you are still adamant whether to enroll your daughter in a kids’ martial arts training, why not go to a martial arts training center and watch the kids perform? Talk to the trainers about girl’s martial arts and the benefits. Chat with some parents around. Most parents stay behind to watch their kids during the work out. Better yet, avail of trial classes. Some centers offer up to three trial classes before they will take a new enrollee.

Author's Bio: 

Travis S. Lutter is an American mixed martial artist who won the The Ultimate Fighter 4 reality show. His UFC record, not including his exhibition wins on The Ultimate Fighter 4, is 2–4. He is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlos Machado.