The Benefits of Being a Karate Mom

karate mom with son

Did you know that many of our students are parents of children who study at our school? Here are some of the benefits that mothers of student’s have gained from their karate training.

Physical Development

Learning martial arts is a great way to stay in shape and learn how to defend yourself. Through training, a karate mom will become stronger, have better coordination, and even have more energy. At Buzz Durkin’s Karate School, we teach our students to have a balance of power and coordination in their karate. As they progress in their training our students find that they become stronger, better balanced, and recover faster from injuries.

Emotional Balance

It is becoming well known that karate is not just about punching and kicking. At Buzz Durkin’s Karate School, we strive to emphasize the importance of self control and patience necessary for martial artists. We find that our Karate Moms are some of the most hard working and positive students we encounter! They learn to be more confident in themselves and their abilities and become comfortable with being politely assertive. All of our students find that they will have a place to de-stress after a long day and can learn how to protect themselves and their loved ones.

One of our karate moms, Adrienne, is training to receive her black belt with her son Connor. She says that Uechi Ryu “Has increased both mine and my son’s self-confidence Two years ago, he wouldn’t have been able to get in front of a room of people In addition to increased self-confidence and focus, Connor has learned more about respect, discipline, and social skills; skills that are needed in all aspects of life.

Family Bonding

With the differences in ages and interests, it can sometimes be difficult for parents to connect with their children. Being able to share something with your kids can be great for bonding over something fun that everyone enjoys. If you and your children are practicing martial arts together, it can lead to a better understanding of your kids. This better understanding leads to an easier time helping them through hardships and challenges they may otherwise have decided to tackle alone.

It’s often joked about how children would never be caught willingly hanging out with their parents. But practicing martial arts together builds a sense of trust and camaraderie that comes naturally. The trust that is built when working through challenges together is priceless. After seeing Mom following her dream and persevering through challenges, her kids will gain the confidence to follow their own dreams and will be less likely to give up at their first challenge. Kids will have more confidence in their parents, and more confidence in themselves.

One of our karate moms, Diana, received her blackbelt with her son Iain. She says that, “The commitment with which my son approached his karate was amazing! I watched as my son became stronger in body, more driven in school and inspired to help others. Iain’s enthusiasm was absolutely motivating. When my determination would waver, Iain was MY biggest cheerleader. We conquered many pain barriers together, physical ones, mental ones, and emotional ones.


Stephanie Rodenhiser is a 4th Degree Black Belt at Buzz Durkin’s Karate School, having trained since she was eight years old. She teaches students of all ages and especially enjoys teaching kids and adults who work hard and develop great outlooks on life.