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Parents are often concerned about stickfighting, but with sensible precautions, stick fighting is a great way to learn how to cooperate. For safety, insist that stickfighting games must be done outside and with an evenly matched partner. If both friends remember to hit "not too hard" then the game stays fun. You can explain that "if you hurt your training partner, they will not want to train with you." and that sounds very official. Stickfighting helps children learn to distinguish the difference between play and reality. They can usually tell the difference right away between "an accident" and a whack that had malicious intent, and many good conversations can develop between friends, as they figure this out.

COOPERATION
Stickfighting is one of the best ways to practice working cooperatively, which is needed for group projects at school, of course, but also for all of life.
KINDNESS
Stickfighting for fun often leads to an interest in martial arts. High quality martial arts instruction focuses on peaceful behaviors and improving relationships through good communication skills and eliminating the causes for violence. A "true" martial artist will not use their size or skill in an overbearing or bullying way, but instead uses their powers for Good and for the protection of those weaker than themselves. Martial arts can be a great way to help your entire family improve health, develop stronger minds and bodies, and become self-disciplined.
COURAGE
Children need chances to feel brave and powerful, but for many of them, these opportunities are few and far between. Stickfighting gives them a chance to become familiar with those feelings.
SELF-CONTROL
If you get too rough, then no one will want to play with you. Stickfighting is a great way to learn self-control and the difference between fantasy (I'm battling a huge foe unto the death!) and reality (but really this is my friend and I need to keep things at an appropriate level for that).
LARGE MOTOR SKILLS
Stick fighting helps develop hand-dominance, hand and arm strength, and hand-eye coordination.

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