Here is why parents and children should train in martial arts together

If you’re reading this, someone in your family probably already trains in the martial arts – some popular choices in the USA currently are Jiu Jitsu, Karate, Taekwondo, Kickboxing, and Kung Fu. Maybe you enrolled your kids for the health benefits and discipline and you’re thinking about starting classes yourself. Or maybe you’re a parent who signed up to improve physical fitness, flexibility, and ability to defend yourself, but now you’d like your children to benefit as well. We can say from experience that it’s a great idea!

Here are some reasons why Plus One Defense Systems supports families training together.

1. It is a bonding experience.

We are all very busy these days. Most families have 2 working parents, and the kids’ time is spread between school, homework, and extracurricular activities that are only open to their age group. So when can families spend quality time? Since Plus One Defense Systems has classes for all ages, it offers a shared experience in growing mentally and physically for the whole family. Take martial arts together, and suddenly the dinner-table conversation becomes truly engaging for all.

2. Everyone gets in shape, opening new doors!

We all want the best for our kids, so enrolling them in activities such as sports or martial arts has become the norm for American families. But sometimes we forget about our own health as parents. Healthy parents can engage in other activities with their children in a new way when they are regularly exercising. Suddenly, a challenging hike or jumping into a backyard kickball game becomes a possibility. By taking martial arts in the same place at the same time, everyone benefits – and without the hassle of trying to get the kids to one place while still squeezing in time at the gym*.

*PSST – did we mention that we have a full featured gym facility with showers and lockersIf you’re just looking to work out while the children take a class, our memberships cover access to the fitness equipment as well!

3. By training together, you’re working toward common goals.

Imagine being able to discuss your progress and challenges in your kickboxing, karate, or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class with your kids or your mom and dad? Conversations might sound like:

  • “How did you get out of that arm bar? It was awesome!”
  • “Dad, I actually got the scissor kick today!”
  • “Next week, we’re breaking boards … how many do you think you can do?”


Sure, we’re a little biased because we love teaching martial arts and think everyone should train, but we know for a fact that the benefits of families training together are real. If you have been on the fence, it’s time to jump in with both feet. Start the new year with common goals, better health, and more quality time with family at Plus One Defense Systems in West Hartford. We look forward to training the whole family.