I have 2 kids in karate classes at UMAC, ages 8 and 5. Besides general martial arts techniques, each class has a discussion about 'real-life' issues that affect kids. They're socialization and conflict management skills have improved as a direct result of their karate classes. They are picking up the little nuances of socialization that comes with responsibility and respect of classmates. PLUS, the kids have fun. There is no pressure to perform, but all of the students seem so enthralled to be a part of every lesson.