Martial Arts has not only helped adults to live a different life style that becomes healthy, but it can also change and develop a mind of a child, to have and grow high self esteem, confidence, and maturity, to even teach discipline. The study of the martial arts is more than just learning to use the body to become a weapon, but it does teach the child how to change their attitude from changing their negatives into a positive.
Many kids have a problem how to solve their emotional issues if they are not getting enough exercise or not developing their minds in a science that comes from an art. Martial Arts is more than just a demonstration of performances but it also using the science of developing precision movements for accuracy, power, and speed. It teaches the child to become a better citizen and to learn to not be involved with peer pressure which most kids run into at school.
Not only it increases self awareness, but it also helps kids to have a positive outlook in school to have better grades and do better in their classes. Having their minds clear and calm that can increase a confidence to become somebody in life. There are today martial artist who do also have college degrees or other professions outside of the martial arts. It teaches the kids to become future leaders and to be better citizens through the study of the martial arts.
Does it really matter what martial art to put your child in? Not really, if the school does have a children's program, perhaps it will be a good school to have the child to take lessons from the school. Usually most schools today do provide a program to have kids to grow self esteem. Some schools provide a black belt club program to be part of a group to make friends in class other than being involved with peer pressure inn school.
Where not only martial art practices are involved, but where the child can learn to grow with those they can trust and build honest friendships that can last a life time. To even be great competitors with each other becoming great martial art instructors. To even become a better citizen.