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Recommendations for Martial Arts, Soccer or Swimming

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Recommendations for Martial Arts, Soccer or Swimming

Thinking of getting my 3 and half year old enrolled in either of these classes: Martial Arts, Soccer or Swimming
Which one of these activities do you guys suggest should be first on my list?

And if possible, please suggest places with good reviews around Don Mills/Sheppard area?

Thanks a lot
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Swimming definitely. One of the most useful skills that he will benefit for life.
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My kid was enrolled in martial arts since 3 and it looks to be something that will be ongoing.
The confidence, independence and discipline shows, as we never had issues with transitioning into daycare and this year JK.

First week of school had passed and not even one tear, with the exception from mom.
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vkizzle wrote:
Sep 9th, 2017 6:26 am
My kid was enrolled in martial arts since 3 and it looks to be something that will be ongoing.
The confidence, independence and discipline shows, as we never had issues with transitioning into daycare and this year JK.

First week of school had passed and not even one tear, with the exception from mom.
In Toronto, most of the places accept from age 4 for martial arts
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I would do swimming during the school year, you should be able to get 2-3 levels out of the way. And then soccer in the spring.

Swimming is the most important IMO because it is an important skill froma safety point of view. And soccer at that age is just great for getting them active. But really take your kids likes as your guide. If you think your child is the type who would just complain/cry/ or sit and pick the grass at soccer then try something different.

Martial arts I would wait a couple years of your child is doing other things. Don't over schedule them.
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membrs wrote:
Sep 9th, 2017 9:14 am
In Toronto, most of the places accept from age 4 for martial arts
Same min age requirement here in Ottawa also, which required us to enroll as a family for the first year.
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At that age we did swimming in the cooler months (indoor) and in the summer we did tball and soccer.
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I think Karate is really great. Im sure you can teach your child how to swim. Until they are a strong swimmer just make sure they wear a life jacket. They probably don't swim every day, but karate can teach them something they will use everyday.
We have our son in Karate and I think its worth it.

Your child will learn:
Self-discipline, responsibility, focus, fitness, self confidence, respect & self respect, Self-Control and good decision making, self-defense, teamwork, memorization, balance & posture, coordination & motor skills,
etc etc too many to list.

(I know swimming and soccer have some of the same benefits)

The world can be pretty nasty. You can say dont talk to strangers, or run away from bullies all you want but when something does actually happen will they be prepared?
A year or so ago my son was grabbed by an older child in the playground, they were going to take him over to the side and beat him up. He knew how to get out of the hold if someone grabs you. He walked away no problem and found a teacher.
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Both of our boys do all 3 of them and hockey. Karate is year round, soccer in summer, and hockey/swimming during the school year. Both of them have no choice for karate and swimming, but they choose to play soccer/hockey. It's a bit of a pain to shuttle them around, but we're used to it now.
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Swimming for sure! It's a lot of fun and so, so important to learn. When you're child is a little older, he/she can let you know what interests them.

Some martial arts places will allow you to go for a free class to see if it's something your kid will like, worth checking some clubs to see if they offer this.

I found a very affordable soccer class through the city that my daughter tried out...good thing it was cheap, she was terrible at it (but still had a ton of fun)...really, soccer when they are this young is just a bunch of kids running around doing their own thing...
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Like others have said, swimming is key. Have them learn that to avoid becoming a statistic.

Martial arts are nice and all but in a real world street fight you can forget disciplined techniques. Best to teach your child to avoid, flee a fight esp if outnumbered. If must battle, then dirty as possible. Eyeballs, nuts, nothing off limits. Of course this more applicable as they get older.

Soccer is good for conditioning.

Above all, give them unstructured play time too. Research shows that kids benefit tremendously from making their own games and rules, etc.
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Swimming is definitely the most useful skill to have. It also opens up other water-based activities/sports down the road if that's their interest.
sprung wrote:
Oct 10th, 2017 2:16 pm
Martial arts are nice and all but in a real world street fight you can forget disciplined techniques. Best to teach your child to avoid, flee a fight esp if outnumbered. If must battle, then dirty as possible.
Most karate school basically teaches kids this as the first level of self defense - scream and run away. Second level is almost the same - punch/kick "sensitive" areas and run away. To reinforce the this, they've had black belts demonstrate by sparring against 2-3 opponents at once and you can clearly see that is a losing proposition if you stand your ground. It's not like the movies where the bad guys attack one at a time.

That being said, my daughter can now throw quick, strong punches and easily knock me (~210lbs) down with one kick. Doubt that would've been possible without having the karate training to strengthen those muscle skills over the years.
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any of those are good options. for that age, here are a few places to go depending on your budget. any of the city programs are usually pretty solid. if you want to go private, here are a few options in the area.

swimming - shendys (york mills/leslie) - salt water pool - side note, we've tended to stay away from swimming in the winter, but to each their own. but yes life skill for sure.

soccer - little kickers (great for that age, more drills than actual soccer games, and they usually have some subsidies, also ongoing enrollment)/also power kickers is fun as well

karate - northern karate schools (york mills/leslie) - fairly big franchise, reasonable cost, kid-friendly, and ongoing enrollment as well.

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