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How Martial Arts helps to Improve Communication Skills!

Communication skills play such an integral part in today’s society. If we lack the proper skills to be able to communicate with others in a healthy and positive way, we often times misinterpret the messages that we are trying to convey to others as well as receiving messages we receive from others. I can’t tell you how many times as my time as a social worker how many of the clients that I worked with struggled with their own relationships because of poor communication. Here at Yi’s Karate of Vineland, we take the time to work on communication skills with our students. We find that it’s important that our students are able to communicate with their parents and with others that they engage with so they can be able to address any concerns they end up running into. By improving our students communication skills, your child too can:

  1. Develop Respect and discipline: Martial arts instill values such as respect for instructors and peers, discipline, and self-control. These principles create a structured environment where children learn to listen and follow instructions, fostering respectful communication with their instructors and training partners.
  2. Work on Verbal cues and instructions: In martial arts classes, instructors often provide verbal cues and instructions for techniques and movements. Children learn to actively listen, focus on details, and respond appropriately. This improves their ability to understand and follow directions in various contexts, which translates to better communication skills outside the training environment.
  3.  Understand Non-verbal communication: Martial arts heavily emphasize body language, gestures, and non-verbal communication. Children learn to pay attention to their training partners’ movements, anticipate their actions, and react accordingly. This helps develop sensitivity to non-verbal cues and enhances their ability to read and interpret body language, which is valuable in effective communication.
  4. Build Confidence and self-expression: Martial arts training helps boost children’s self-confidence as they master new skills and overcome challenges. This increased confidence can translate into improved communication skills, as children feel more comfortable expressing themselves, sharing their thoughts, and engaging in conversations with others.
  5.  Develop Cooperation and teamwork: Many martial arts classes involve partner drills and group activities that require cooperation and teamwork. Children learn to communicate effectively with their training partners, coordinating their movements and actions. This collaborative environment encourages children to express their ideas, listen to others, and work together towards a common goal.
  6. Conflict resolution: Martial arts emphasize the importance of resolving conflicts peacefully and avoiding physical confrontations whenever possible. Children are taught techniques to manage their emotions, control aggression, and seek non-violent resolutions. These problem-solving and conflict resolution skills extend to their interactions outside of the martial arts setting, enabling them to communicate more effectively and resolve conflicts in a positive manner.
  7. Improve Focus and concentration: Martial arts training requires focus and concentration to perform techniques accurately. Through consistent practice, children develop the ability to maintain their attention on specific tasks and filter out distractions. This enhanced focus can improve their active listening skills, allowing them to better understand and respond to others during conversations.

These are all critical skills that an individual can improve upon just by working on their communication skills. Many of our students here at the academy have improved in many of these different areas just by being able to improve their communication skills. As a result, many of our parents have also been happy to know that their children are able to communicate more with them as a result. If you are reading this yourself and are wondering how you can start to do this with your child, take a FREE lesson at our academy and find out!

See You soon!

Mr. Lee MSW

3rd Degree Black Belt Instructor


To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others. - Tony Robbins


Yi’s Karate of Vineland L.L.C. was founded in 2008 by Master Chuck Vertolli, an 7th degree Black Belt and Chief Master Instructor, Yi’s Karate of Vineland offer lessons for preschool children ages 4-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

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