SHS should add martial arts

Cornelius’ Corner

Whether you are learning for self-defense or for sport, martial arts can be a great way for people of all ages and sizes to be trained mentally and physically. 

In many martial arts, students are taught core values such as determination, responsibility, sportsmanship, and discipline. Those core values can give high school students big advantages after graduation, whether it is in their workplace, or in their home lives. 

Martial arts can also be very beneficial for high school students and adults to stay active, serve as a form of self-defense, if ever in a situation where it is needed, and also give students or adults an outlet to release stress. 

Physical education classes already teach students different sports such as basketball, soccer, football, and others. Adding a martial art — for example, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu — could teach students about a different culture and sport while also keeping the students active and exercising. Many schools have a program similar to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu currently in the form of wrestling. If a sport such as wrestling is commonly accepted as a sport, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu should be accepted as well.

Some martial arts, like boxing and taekwondo, contain sparring that could potentially harm peers. Instead, they could be taught on proper training equipment (pads, training dummies, etc.), and not require the use of sparring or striking upon another student. 

Giving students different opportunities to find a skill or talent can help students learn more about themselves and adopting a martial art can give students one more opportunity to try something new. Some students at SHS actively participate in at least one martial art, and schools should look further into martial arts for the future of high school sports.

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