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Kids practicing martial arts in a class.

Kick It Up in the Smokies: Martial Arts at Rocky Top Sports World

Martial arts are some of the fastest growing sports in America, especially for children. Whether it’s Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, or Jiu-Jitsu, you are guaranteed to find a martial arts class near where you live. No matter which type your kids choose, training in the martial arts provides a number of important physical and mental benefits.

Rocky Top Sports World hosts a number of martial arts tournaments and events throughout the year, so we have seen the benefits of learning this discipline first hand. Read on for a quick look at just some of the reasons martial arts are a great hobby for children.


Martial arts are a sport, but they are also among the oldest forms of self-defense. Being prepared for a worst case scenario can put a child’s mind at ease. Parents can also rest easy knowing that their little ones can defend themselves if they need to. Of course, the various martial arts also teach methods of nonviolent conflict resolution and emphasize that fighting is absolutely the last resort.

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In today’s modern world, multitasking is the norm. Whether they’re surfing the internet while doing homework, or playing video games during a conversation, some kids rarely give their full attention to one thing anymore.

When you are participating in martial arts, however, you must be fully present. Learning an intense physical activity forces kids to be disciplined and just give their attention to one thing at a time. Spending time in silence and focusing on your breathing can do wonders for mental agility.

Physical Fitness and CoordinationTwo girls practicing martial arts together.

Martial arts provide a whole body workout unlike any other activity. Improved cardiovascular health and greater muscle strength are just some of the benefits regular martial arts practice can offer. Additionally, martial arts are also excellent for developing better balance, coordination, and motor skills. Having greater awareness of how the mind and body interact is a skill that will serve children well in every facet of their lives.


As a child trains in one of the martial arts disciplines, her self-confidence will grow. Getting a new belt and reaching the next milestone is an incredible feeling. Knowing that you can defend yourself if you need to also builds faith in oneself.

There are also a number of other mental health benefits associated with martial arts. According to Psychology Today, “People who continue to practice the martial arts for prolonged periods are different from the general populace in these ways: they have a lower level of anxiety; an increased sense of responsibility; they are less likely to be radical; they have an increased level of self-esteem; and they are more socially intelligent.”

Brother and sister after a martial arts class.Martial Arts at Rocky Top Sports World

Rocky Top Sports World has everything you need for an awesome martial arts tournament or event! Our 86,000 square foot indoor facility has plenty of space for mats and bleacher seating for spectators. Located in Gatlinburg, TN, our sports complex is just a short drive from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and all of the wonderful attractions, restaurants, and shops in the area. To learn more about everything we have to offer, check out the Rocky Top Sports World Facilities page.

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