Taekwondo, Kung Fu, Karate, Jujutsu, Muay Thai, and Judo. To the uninformed critic, these activities encourage violence and aggression. However, practitioners of these martial arts will tell you that they are much more than self-defense mechanisms. Aside from paying homage to long-standing traditions, martial arts promote both physical and spiritual / ethical health. Children (and adults) who pursue these sports are challenged on their strength, stamina, flexibility, balance and aerobic prowess. So if you're looking to change up your workout routine, click here to read more about the benefits of martial arts.