Practicing a martial art is a great way to develop physical strength, mental fortitude, and self-confidence, but each martial art has its own language that connects with different people. You want to do your best to find the martial art that best suits your child. Below are a few martial arts to consider.


Karate is one of the most well-known martial arts practices. It is a good option for children who need discipline and need to learn the value of inner-happiness. The technique does teach children how to defend themselves, but it is mostly about self and defense rather than fighting an opponent. It is important to point out that karate requires a lot of kicking, flipping, and striking, making it one of the most active martial arts.

Tae Kwon Do

This practice focuses on competition, and it is one of the sports featured in the Olympics. Children with high ambitions are probably going to find this type of martial art quite rewarding. At competitions, this martial art is especially entertaining, and children aiming to perform well are sure to impress.

Kung Fu

Kung fu focuses on the upper body and balance. This is one of the most popular options for children who do not want to do a lot of flipping or kicking. Learning this martial art is a powerful way to fight and defend yourself, which should give your child newfound courage. The philosophy within this particular type of martial art is based on peace, so it might help children with anger issues. 


This is another kind of martial art that does not rely too much on kicking or striking. It actually relies on children learning how to use the other person’s body weight with attacks. It is a very calculating type of martial art that is perhaps the purest form of self-defense fighting there is. Children who learn judo will be encouraged to think critically, and those who are more logical could be good fits for this martial art. 

Muay Thai

This is a basic martial art, but it is also one of great intensity. The focus required to master this martial art should help children who have problems paying attention. This practice is one of the most all-encompassing types of martial arts out there.

Hopefully, one of these techniques speaks to your child, but make sure the decision is his or hers since choosing is a very personal decision.


  • Javill Byron

    Senior Instructor at WMB Martial Arts

    WMB Martial Arts

    Javill Byron is an accomplished martial artist, self-defense instructor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. His organization, the WMB Foundation, strives to improve the lives of children and their families, primarily by influencing their education. At WMB Martial Arts, Javill Byron is particularly interested in teaching women, single parents, and children with ADHD & Autism the ways of various martial arts. He is sympathetic to individuals who have been bullied and firmly believes that confident kids don't get bullied; learning martial arts, he endorses, is a great way to boost confidence and individual capabilities. Understanding that there are parts of life beyond our control is important, but Javill Byron promotes the belief that learning martial arts improves the agency and confidence necessary to seize control of aspects without the realm of possibility. From self-esteem and physical capabilities to interpersonal relationships, martial arts can aid in the development and improvement of these things. Javill Byron, as both a student and a teacher of martial arts, strives to instill these ideas and values in his students so that they can grow to be successful individuals and martial artists. As a lifelong student of martial arts, Javill Byron attests to the numerous benefits a martial arts background can provide. Javill spent much of his younger years learning forms such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission grappling, and in practicing these styles every week, Javill was able to hone his physical prowess and connect with a community of individuals who shared beliefs. Javill Byron also promotes self-defense training, especially for single parents, women, and other vulnerable groups of individuals, and he owns Top Shot Miami, a business dedicated to educating individuals on proper methods of gun safety and self-defense shooting. He believes that it is important to take your safety into your own hands, and ensuring that your education is comprehensive and accurate is especially crucial.