Video games provide kids with another way to learn. They can help kids to think strategically, and evaluate the best ways to accomplish their goals.
While children on a whole experience far more screen time than children of previous generations, that’s not always a bad thing – if there is some form of benefit to come out of the experience.
Whether it is Minecraft or Madden NFL, these games can have a positive impact on children’s thinking, and decision-making skills. Classic martial arts video games such as Streetfighter II and Kung Fu can add a bit of fun after a long day of training- or before. In fact, studies showed surgeons who played Super Monkey Ball before surgery were less likely to make mistakes.
While not always realistic, these games still serve the purpose of exposing kids to the martial arts experience. Many kids grow up understanding team sports such as baseball, soccer or basketball. They may not have as much exposure to the one-on-one competitive experience.
Martial Arts In Video Games
Martial arts video games can give kids an early understanding of what it’s like to go head-to-head with another competitor. They can help kids understand the advantages of strength, speed, and agility – through the control of their on-screen character. There are significant differences between a one player game, two player game, or cooperative mode. One player can help you develop self-discipline. One day you’ll end up in competition, and you’ll have to learn to work with others along your journey.
Let’s be clear: employing these attributes through a video game is something entirely different than developing them in real life. But video games can still give kids the exposure and the desire to set them on a path of self-improvement. Instilling that desire for speed and strength can serve them well as they enter into their formidable years.
Customizing your character in real life takes a lot of work and effort. To improve the accuracy of your strikes, you may seek to improve hand-eye coordination. Both video games and real martial arts require this skill. Speed, strength, and agility require hard work and effort to develop in real life.
Cooperative vs. Competitive Gameplay
Video games pit players against an array of opponents. Developing the strategies, and setting the goal of advancing as far as they can give them a sense of purpose. These video games offer kids the exposure to new experiences and new options.
Most video games operate on a reward or achievement system that recognizes the player for completing certain tasks. This offers an incentive to continue and presents a challenge to be conquered. Martial arts classes offer a colored belt system to signify the achievement of a warrior, with many achievements and self-improvements made along the way.
Experiencing the next level martial arts through a video game controller may give them the drive to experience it in real life. It may give them the desire to improve their own strength and conditioning, which is never a bad thing.
Should you choose to enter a competition, you will face adversaries with different skill sets and competitive practices. The experience you acquire along the way will help you in those difficult battles. Some may not fight fair, and some may look to rattle you emotionally before the big fight. Everything you have done to prepare for the big battle led you to that point. Was it enough to be victorious? There is no reset button in the real-life martial arts.
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