After School Activities: Martial Arts

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Do you want something that teaches your children discipline whilst keeping them active? Something that can help your child defend themselves and aim to get better at, whilst having fun. Maybe these martial arts are what you’re looking for!


Developed by Morihei Ueshiba, Aikido is a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Ueshiba’s goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury. Aikido techniques consist of entering and turning movements that redirect the momentum of an opponent’s attack, and a throw or joint lock that terminates the technique.

Here are some options for kids to practise Aikido in Luxembourg:


Judo means ‘gentle way’ in Japanese and although the art of throwing an opponent to the ground may not seem that gentle, Judo is a great pedagogy for kids. In its simplest form, character building in judo comes from the ability to be thrown on the mat, and then to get back up and keep fighting. So , whilst judo is a martial art, and therefore a combat sport, the fighting that children do in the dojo is actually a form of preparation for life’s many challenges. They also learn that it is not winning that is always important, but the time and effort dedicated to the training. One of its unique aspects of judo training is the respect for others that is taught and required in the dojoleading to a heightened level of self-confidence and discipline.

Here are some options for kids to practise Judo in Luxembourg:


A system of self-development using kicks and punches, Karate is predominantly a striking art, although, in some modern styles, grappling, throws and restraints are also taught. Its quick, sharp actions involve snapping movements of the joints, which means that kids need to warm up carefully. A true discipline with lots of action.

Here are some options for kids to practise Karate in Luxembourg:


Borne of street fighting, Krav Maga is a self-defense system that can help your child to protect themselves. Taking real life situations, your child will learn the tools and techniques to avoid physical abuse, from bullies and any adult assailant as well. At the same time, Krav Maga teaches children when it is and is not appropriate to use these techniques.

Here are some options for kids to practise Krav Maga in Luxembourg:


Taekwondo hails from Korea and can be characterized by unity: the unity of body, mind, and life. A contact sport, it is very dynamic with active movements that include a mirage of foot skills and a principle of mind training. Children practising Taekwondo learn complicated movements, which help their concentration and memory skills, whilst they learn to coordinate their bodies.

Here are some options for kids to practise Taekwondo in Luxembourg:



If we haven’t covered your martial arts club or focus, do let us know and we’ll do our best to incorporate it. For an exhaustive list (in French), please check out the website of La Fédération Luxembourgeoise des Arts:


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