Tardiness can affect several aspects of the student’s participation. First, the instructor will usually explain what the plan is for that day’s class to the students. Kids who miss this may struggle with understanding the theme or message of the class. Next, most classes begin with exercises designed to warm-up, and stretch and strengthen their bodies. Warm-ups also help to minimize injuries, and helps build focus and immersion for more complicated skill-building drills and activities. Arriving late can also make a child feel alienated from the rest of the group, distracting them from learning and enjoying the class. All of this can be exacerbated when the child has learning challenges or behavior issues.
So, if you’re a parent or caretaker responsible for bringing kids to classes, please arrive about 5 minutes before their class begins. This allows them to remove their shoes, stow their gear, and mentally prepare for class. If the student needs to change into their uniform, they should be given another 5 minutes to get ready. Arriving on time will ultimately allow them to maximize their participation and progress in their martial arts journey. Please remember to keep track of tuition due dates and be prompt with this aspect of the student’s participation, too.