Martial Arts Virtues for Kids
Martial arts serve more purposes than providing self-defence techniques and physical activity for children. Martial arts is a discipline that is steeped in history and teaches children confidence, respect and self-discipline. Schools should have martial arts training as part of its curriculum. Then children can have basic training to strengthen their minds and body and have confidence to stand up for themselves. But until this happens, martial arts virtues are learnt in the dojo.
Perhaps one of the most important martial arts virtues. From the moment a child enters their first class they will be taught to respect their teacher, their fellow classmates and even the classroom in which the classes take place. It is important for children to understand boundaries. They learn proper respectful behaviour and to learn that martial arts requires respect of their opponents and their physical ability to cause harm.
Children who participate in martial arts classes from an early age are often found to behave better in school as well as to have better relationships with their teachers. Respect is often missing in many facets of today’s society. When children are taught lessons about respect it can have a major impact on the future of our world.
Our kids also learn self-respect. Self-respect is the main foundation of a healthy lifestyle. It is through self-respect that we choose to train. It is through self-respect that we choose to eat healthy. We make sacrifices that will benefit us later. Through self-respect that we choose to be a better individual and set an example for others. Martial arts training develops this foundational self-respect by gradually building a person’s character through difficult exercises, drills, and applied stress. The longer and more effectively a person trains, the more resilient they become. Self-respect is one of the things severely lacking in today’s society. The shelter and softness of modern life, coupled with the insanity of “political correctness” creates weaknesses in people, they lack the basic self-respect to stand up for what they believe. Once self-respect is developed however, a new individual emerges. It becomes a part of their identity, and in turn, creates a much stronger person that is not afraid to do and say what is right based on their basic foundation of beliefs.
Another very important one of our martial arts virtues. Many people do not know what the definition of self-discipline is. The proper definition is: “To be successful in martial arts, or anything you choose to learn or be proficient at, requires self-discipline. Martial arts focus on movements that require concentration, flexibility and balance. Students learn to control their bodies as well as their emotions and instincts when participating in martial arts classes. This is another reason children who participate in martial arts classes from a young age learn to behave themselves in class as well as how to manage their workloads more effectively. Even children with symptoms of ADD and ADHD see an improvement in behaviour in school as well as at home when taking martial arts classes. No matter how tough you are and how much you excel in it, you will always know that there are others who are far better than you. This will make you know your limits and respect boundaries.
You will learn to be humble for knowing that there are others who are stronger than you. The self-discipline that develops as a result of learning and practicing the techniques learned in martial arts usually carries over into other areas of the child’s life. School grades often improve as your child learns to focus on objectives and to work toward achievement. The self-discipline which martial arts develops can provide your child with the skills and mindset necessary to resist peer pressure. To sum it up, self-discipline is a valuable virtue which can be mastered through learning martial arts. It can then be carried forward and used towards other goals and aspirations.
Probably one of the most challenging of our martial arts virtues. But once gained this virtue will last a lifetime and will have a lasting effect on the success of our children in life. Martial arts classes are an excellent way to help build a child’s self-esteem and confidence. I think the biggest weapon that a child has is self-esteem, and that’s one of the biggest things martial arts does for youth. Learning how to prevent confrontation with a bully or a dangerous situation is enhanced by their confidence. High confidence leads to better and faster decision-making in difficult situations. Verbal defence is always preferred over physical defence. When kids have confidence to stand up for themselves they almost always diffuse any confrontation. Of course, if being emotionally and verbally strong doesn’t work, then they would have the confidence to defend themselves physically if needed. In our kids martial arts program, they are allowed to progress at their own pace. They reap the rewards of their hard work as they work their way through the different levels of belts. It is an unspoken way of providing rewards for good behaviour and children learn that each level they achieve is due to their personal performance and achievements. Kids who have confidence issues can really do well when participating in martial arts classes. They will discover they are capable of achieving their goals and even have an easier time making friends as they will share a common interest with their classmates.
One of the most effective ways to tackle the problem of bullying or other challenges kids face today, is to build a strong foundation in the mind of a child by strengthening it with confidence through martial arts training. Respect, Confidence and Discipline are only three of the many martial arts virtues taught through our kids martial arts program. The 5 martial arts virtues of our school are: Patience, Perseverance, Kindness, Understanding and Humility.
Some other benefits are: Learn to defend yourself through rigorous, comprehensive training. Develop your endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance along with your self-defence techniques. Learn to defend yourself, not only physically, but mentally as well. Learn to unite your body in a single effort to achieve your goals. Develop an inner calm. Bring up deep-rooted, long hidden fears and weaknesses, face them, and conquer them. Bring out anger and frustration in a positive environment where you can learn to deal with them effectively. Rise above laziness and inner doubt. There are countless other martial arts virtues and additional benefits kids acquire through learning martial arts. Parents must realize that these learned virtues will be with your children for life not just in a training environment.
Quote of the Day
I often share quotes from Bruce Lee a martial arts master, I will leave you with this one below which I find is very powerful, and relates well to martial arts: “I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized. I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery. I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude.” –Bruce Lee
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