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My son is three years old, and I’m considering signing him up for karate. Did you do this?

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: Yes, our family has always done karate.

My husband started teaching each of our children when they turned three years old and training continues today for each of them. I believe that martial arts promotes self-confidence in everyone by providing the skills necessary to non-violently resolve conflict. This gives them the resources to deal with conflict in their lives.

Ideally they never have to use the physical skills that they learn to defend themselves. For example, in the case of bullying, they understand why the bully is acting the way he is, and so they are more peaceful and compassionate toward them—are more likely to avoid physical confrontation

Lisa Dado, MD, a mom of three children, ages 21 to 16, a pediatric anesthesiologist with Valley Anesthesiology Consultants, and the Co-Founder and CEO of the nonprofit organization, The Center for Human Living, which teaches life skills with an innovative approach to traditional martial arts training in six centers in and around Phoenix, AZ

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