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Should Martial Arts be taught as part of Physcial Education?

Asked by: Sabre16
  • For the sake of self defense

    There many reasons why martial arts should be taught in school. Martial Arts can range from Karate to Wushu to Grav Maga to Systema and so on. However, the expense and time dedication of various martial arts tends to reserve the practice only for socioeconomic elites & middle-class who have a surplus of both. In foreign counties that take pride in their history of martial arts (e.G. Japan & Judo, Thailand & Muay Thai) classes and competitive teams are offered in public schoos, making the practice accessible to all persons. Why not the United States? I find myself wondering what arguments there are against such a proposition and welcome any and all disagreement.

  • Teaches you lessons

    Martial arts will give you confidence in everything you do. Everything you learn inside that dojo will come into your normal life. All the lessons you learn will help you and it'll teach you how to better yourself. Martial arts is extremely underrated, it will teach you many life lessons.

  • Martial arts is not just about attacking...

    I've trained in martial arts for over 15 years. And for starters it's not all about how to throw kicks and punches or how to beat the crap out of each other. It teaches self control, awareness, and supports independence. It helps to show a better way out of a difficult situation, it teaches you to avoid situations that may be dangerous, how to handle situations in a non violent way, and how to protect/ defend yourself if you can't avoid or walk away. I really think it should be taught in schools because I know people who have been raped, physically abused, or almost kid napped. Martial arts can provide a broader self defense aspect in school to prepare one for the real world. I think it's always best to prepare for a situation you may never be in, then get caught in it and not know what to do.

  • Martial arts stereotype

    Reading through the opposing arguments on this site, 90% of comments criticise the exact same thing, martial arts shouldn't be taught because its violent and dangerous and 'teaches kids to fight '. The fact of the matter is if you believe this then you've probably either been taught martial arts by a bad instructor or you've never done martial arts and just spread the same stereotypical views as everybody else who bases their opinions on what they see in the media.
    Anyone who knows martial arts knows that any good martial art instructor teaches respect, safe use of the discipline they practice, helping those around you, honor, honesty, hard work and perseverance in achieving your goals.
    But like i say, no body opposing martial arts mentions those things, instead they just carry on the uneducated stereotype that martial arts is about fighting and violence.

  • Yes they need to know self defense

    It is important for our kids to understand self defense because what if they get caught is an unfortunate situation? Also it is important for our kids to discover new things. Like "Hello Karate Kid!" yes they may get hurt, but they can get hurt in other sports too. So yes let them learn Martial Arts in gym.

  • A very good advantage

    Martial arts should be taught to children so that they can defend themselves whenever they are in difficulty. Parents should allow their children to learn martial arts so that if they are not interested in any courier field they may find a way to be a good martial arts champion

  • A very good advantage

    Martial arts should be taught to children so that they can defend themselves whenever they are in difficulty. Parents should allow their children to learn martial arts so that if they are not interested in any courier field they may find a way to be a good martial arts champion

  • It will build character

    As a black belt in Muay Thai and Tae Kwon do, in addition to that I have a blue belt in BJJ, I know it has changed my life in a positive way and shaped me into the man I am today. If taught in schools it could encourage kids to further educate them and join other clubs. Who knows your kid could have a hidden talent for fighter.

  • Why; why not?

    Supposing martial arts becomes a mandatory class, I believe that parents would not mind it if their children were taught how to defend themselves. And if we want to go to the line 'we shouldn't force them into it', well, then we should not force them to learn to read or learn math. At the very least, the students should expose themselves in the ways of defense; martial arts promotes self-control and discipline, something everyone needs to learn.

  • Not only does Martial Arts teach self defense, but also other aspects of life.

    Not only does Martial Arts teach the art of Self Defense, but it also teaches control, discipline, and respect. Which are just three aspects a part of life that we use. Martial Arts also teaches a lot more than those three aspects. It would definitely be beneficial for students at a young age to learn. They also learn pride in themselves from being able to complete certain forms of the martial arts and so forth. It also gives them a sense of belonging to a group that is there for the same thing as them.

  • It's NOT a sport!

    Physical Education is comprised of a variety of sports. The Martial Arts, in ANY form, are not a sport. They are form of defense. That is two very different things. In Asian countries, you will find the Martial Arts in schools because those nations are historically Bujutsu societies. It is tradition -- literally a way of life to them. From this same tradition comes Seppuku (suicide), Kamikaze missions (suicide), Banzai charges, etc. To deeply ingrain this culture into its people, the indoctrination starts early. The United States is not a warring society. We have never incorporated such training in our school systems, because we have very different social norms.

  • Why force something on kids?

    Maybe we should make military boot camp a school curriculum as well. Just in case we have to send the average Joe or Jane out to fight overseas or to protect our borders. Why force something on kids that is not part of their culture? Martial Arts will only make them practice it on themselves it's basically giving kids knives and guns and telling them to "protect" themselves when anyone knows they will use it on each other.

  • Why force something on kids?

    Maybe we should make military boot camp a school curriculum as well. Just in case we have to send the average Joe or Jane out to fight overseas or to protect our borders. Why force something on kids that is not part of their culture? Martial Arts will only make them practice it on themselves it's basically giving kids knives and guns and telling them to "protect" themselves when anyone knows they will use it on each other.

  • It is going to be a big disadvantage

    Tall people are always tempted to use their physical superiority and neglect or totally deny or make fun of other means.It does not make you a good fighter.It takes a lot of time to learn it.You are going to get banged up.It costs a lot of money.You need to train a lot to get good at it.

  • It is not a major sport

    Not many minor sports are actually incorporated in PE, and martial arts, dance, and gymnastics are some of these sports. I love dance, but not many people do, and it's probably the dame for martial arts. I know that there's only like 1 or 2 people in my PE class who would enjoy a week long martial arts unit. Also, martial arts seems like a hard unit, and I know that it would take more than a week to actually learn.

  • It is not a major sport

    Not many minor sports are actually incorporated in PE, and martial arts, dance, and gymnastics are some of these sports. I love dance, but not many people do, and it's probably the dame for martial arts. I know that there's only like 1 or 2 people in my PE class who would enjoy a week long martial arts unit. Also, martial arts seems like a hard unit, and I know that it would take more than a week to actually learn.

  • The Dangers of Teaching Martial Arts

    While I do agree with the validity with the opposing side's rationale for their opinion on the topic, I think that martial arts should not be taught and encouraged in physical education. By having children fight and spar in class with others, it may cause them to be more violent, affecting their life decisions.

  • It would help very little with self-defense.

    The teaching of martial arts in schools for the sake of teaching kids to defend themselves would be counterproductive. Although the bullied victims would learn some level of martial arts, the bullies would also learn these same skills. It would have the same sort of result as giving a bullying victim a knife, and then also giving one to his/her bully.

  • This would be a bad idea

    Taking karate could trick kids into a false sense of confidence as a first degree black belt I know that you wouldn't learn much about karate in a week long pe unit. This might lead to even more bullying at school because kids would think they were good at karate.

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Vajrasattva-LeRoy says2014-09-09T16:13:12.137
Of course not.
Fighting is the opposite of self-defense.
Promoting war, fighting, etc. , violates the U.S. signed
Declaration of Peace at the UN, & the UN Charter.