Confidence- What Your Child Needs Out Of Martial Arts

Jan 20, 2020

 by Bryan Preston

What’s The Most Important Thing Your Child Needs Out Of Training Marital Arts?

According to a recent survey went sent out to parents, confidence was in the top 3 for reasons parents want their child to train martial arts. Many parents, had it as their number 1 reason. So what is confidence, why is it such a big deal and can martial arts really improve it? Let’s take a look at these questions and provide you with a little insight to the answers.

The dictionary, defines confidence as, “the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust” or “the state of feeling certain about the truth of something” and “a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities”. I think the last one speaks to the confidence that most parent’s are talking about.

As parents, we want the very best for our children. We want them to grow up independent, successfully and happy. We try our best to instill the knowledge, drive and confidence that they need to be success in life. Parents look for different ways to foster confidence in their children including sports, hobbies, music, martial arts and more.

Martial Arts creates an environment that can help anyone become more confident, on the mats, at school, at work and in all aspects of life. Let’s take a look at a few of the reasons that Martial Arts is one of the best ways to improve your child’s confidence.

Love and acceptance are two key components for the growth and development of a child’s confidence. In Martial Arts we accept all child, from all walks of life. When you put on your uniform, tie your belt and step onto the mats for the first time, something powerful happens. You become part of a team, a family. A place where everyone on the mats cares about each other and each other’s success. Students grow together and help each other grow, every day.

In Martial Arts, we have a ranking or belt system. This allows us to see our progress and have real goals to work towards. Goal setting is an important part of success and confidence. When people achieve their goals, they feel a sense of accomplishment and that develops confidence.

In class as students work hard and challenge themselves, they receive praise from their instructor. Genuine praise for a job well done is very powerful to students. They will feed off that praise and want to continue to work hard in order to receive more praise. This allows them continued success which further improves their confidence.

One key to success and confidence is to surround yourself with confident, successful people. They say that you are to closest to the 5 people you spend the most time with every day. So if I am around confident, successful people every day, it will help to grow my success and confidence.

There are so many more ways that Martial Arts helps develop confidence in children, these are just a few. Learning Martial Arts in a positive environment can be life changing for your child. We see changes in students every day and it is an honor to share Martial Arts with them. If you are considering Martial Arts for your child, don’t wait. If you would like to speak about how Martial Arts can help your child, just ask! We are here to help.