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You don't lack for choice in the martial arts!

Ju Jitsu, Karate, Kickboxing, Taekwondo, Kung Fu and Judo are the most popular - but the list goes on.

Ever heard of Escrima, Silat, Krav Maga, Hapkido, Savate, Muay Thai or Jeet Kune Do?

All martial arts involve a bit of rough and tumble but there are great benefits for kids - such as discipline, resilience and a healthy balance between body and mind.

Beginners work their way up through belts and badges, so your child won't get mismatched.

Check out your local sports centre to see what martial arts they run - it's worth taking your child along to watch first and see what they think.

Also remember to check the coaches' credentials - they should have some proof of insurance cover.

The Amateur Martial Association website is packed with information on courses, competitions and the disciplines themselves.


Boxing

From Lennox Lewis to Audley Harrison, there are plenty of rich role models who might inspire your child to take up boxing.

It's not a sport to be entered into lightly, but children can benefit from (or might need) the discipline and the outlet for channelled aggression.

Boxing is kept safe at amateur level - with head-guards worn and fights lasting just three rounds (two minutes each).

The Amateur Boxing Association website has information on coaching and a directory for finding your nearest club.


Or telephone 0208 778 0251.

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