Being active is an essential part of a child’s growth and development. It doesn’t only make your child physically stronger and healthier, but it can also help to socialize with other kids and improve the cognitive function of the brain.
If you want to teach your children discipline, respect, self-defense, and healthy living, you should definitely consider enrolling them in martial arts. It is not only good physical fitness, but it can also improve flexibility, balance and muscle tone of your kid. Indeed, practicing martial arts is a lifestyle.
The best way to inspire your kid to enroll in martial arts is to show how cool it is. You can have a trial lesson in MMA gym. However, sometimes kids are too shy and feel uncomfortable with new people. So, if you don’t practice martial arts yourself, you can make a family movie night and show your kid martial artists.
The first lesson your children will learn from movies is that the concept of martial arts is not about attacking or being brutal. A martial artist has control over his body and a peaceful state of mind.
Here are Top 10 kid-friendly movies that can help to boost your children’s’ interest in martial arts and rescue your family Friday night.
Top 3 movies of Chan Kong-sang
Don’t worry if you have never heard of that guy. The world knows him as Jackie Chan. He encourages kids all over the world to practice martial arts. At the moment Jackie Chan is 64 years old. He can boast of the fact that he was a part of at least 107 movies. And he has been fighting bad guys in all of them! Let’s not forget that he did the most dangerous stunts himself.
Here are the top 3 of Jackie Chan’s movies:
The Spy Next Door (2010)
Former C.I.A. spy has a very important mission. He needs to look after three kids and put Russian terrorist behind bars. Jackie shows how good he is at martial arts and with kids.
The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
It is a fantasy kung fu movie that parents and kids will enjoy watching together.
It shows a band of martial arts warriors and kung fu obsessed American teen. Jackie Chan and Jet Li will impress your kid with their martial arts skills.
Jackie Chan Adventures (2000-2005)
It is a short animated television series for kids with 95 episodes in total. The main character, archeologist Jackie Chan cooperates with a secret organization and tries to rescue the world in every episode. His martial arts skills help him to face dangers.
The Karate Kid (1984/2010)
This movie might be a huge inspiration for young boys and girls to learn Kung Fu or Japanese-Okinawan Karate.
The first martial arts drama film called ‘The Karate Kid’ was released in 1984. From that time, there were also three sequels: The Karate Kid II, The Karate Kid III, and The Next Karate Kid.
There is also another The Karate Kid movie from 2010 starring cute 12-years-old Jaden Smith. Jackie Chan plays the role of the kung fu master.
Enter the Dragon (1973)
It is a classic martial arts movie starring Bruce Lee. It will be an excellent movie for older teens to watch. It is definitely not for kids under 12 years old since there are some violent scenes. Bruce Lee is one of the greatest martial artists and a pop culture icon of the 20th century. He is a legend for a reason. Bruce Lee performed most of the stunts in his movies.
Shaolin Soccer (2001)
It is a Hong Kong super funny comedy where creators show what can happen if you mix soccer and martial arts.
However, parents should know that the characters of the movie smoke and drink and there are some violent scenes as well. So, you can watch this movie with your family in case your kid is at least ten years old. Otherwise, it will need some explanations.
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
This cartoon has a positive message. It will teach your kids how important it is to believe in yourself. Parents and their children will enjoy cute awkward Panda rescuing the world. Luckily, there is also the sequel Kung Fu Panda 2. So, you can see even more stories of the martial arts hero!
Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior (2006)
It’s a Disney channel original movie about a popular American teenager who needs to battle the evil. It can be very inspiring, especially for girls who think that only boys can be martial arts masters. The good thing about this movie is that kids can observe a beautiful and strong female character who knows how to practice martial arts.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
It is an American superhero movie that was released in 2014. Kids will love to see Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Donatello fighting against a group of criminals.
You can also find many other movies about the legendary turtles. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II, III.
Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008)
It is an animated television series about a boy who needs to develop his supernatural powers and unite four nations. It was quite popular back to 2005. Most kids couldn’t wait to watch the next episode. At some point, the show had more than 5.6 million viewers. Fans are still waiting for its sequel.