Choose a Good Martial Art School
Choosing a good school will help make the experience worthwhile. I always advise parents to check out the school, ask lots of questions, and always consider the teacher as the most important thing before a final decision. Regardless of the art, the teacher will make the biggest impact.
So what do you look for? Look for a teacher that is attentive, and genuinely loves what they are doing. See how they resolve conflict, and also how they reward good behavior. (Do they recognize good behavior?) One aspect that many people overlook is: Can the teacher actually teach? Listen to the way they explain things and consider how effective they are at conveying information. An easy test is to try the class yourself. Be brave and do it.
Since I didn’t start studying martial arts until I was an adult, I am envious of those that have the opportunity to start when they are young. I just think of all of the great life lessons that I could have learned if I could have started earlier. It is a great idea to start your child in martial arts, and if they are enjoying it and doing well, why pull them out to start some other random activity?