Martial Arts Improve Life Skills for Soul, Body, and Mind Part 2

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Many martial arts schools offer programs specially designed for kids, in addition to programs for other age groups. A quality program provides much more than just self-defense training. It also imparts life skills and good values such as:

  • Courtesy and Respect
  • Patience
  • Focus and Concentration
  • Self-Control

With sincere effort, the results are very impressive and easy to see!

Although not every area has a quality martial arts school, there are now more clubs and schools across the nation than ever before. Finding one that suits your needs could be just a quick Google™ search or phone call away! In fact, some regions are very competitive, so karate schools work extra hard to provide superior programs and facilities.

Some martial arts disciplines offer life skills that can be applied to any age group. For a six year old, they might be self-control and respect. For adults, stress relief or better presentation skills could be most helpful. For anyone at risk, self-defense skills could be most important. Senior citizens seek a “total body” fitness routine in a safe, supervised environment.

Martial arts of all kinds provide a calorie-burning workout that builds strength, endurance, and flexibility. The practice of stances, strikes, blocks, kicks, and other moves should vary in pace and intensity based on age and fitness level. The same is true for life skill lesson. Kids are taught differently than senior citizens, though many basic lessons could be the same.

Quality martial arts training works to improve the lives of students in three vital areas: physical, mental, and emotional. Similar to meditation, karate deserves its reputation as being good for body, mind, and soul by getting results for all ages.

 

Martial Arts Improve Life Skills for Soul, Body, and Mind Part 1

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No matter what your age, weight, or fitness level, a quality karate program will improve a variety of important life skills while you explore your capabilities and get a great workout. You might join for one reason, but you’ll get other great benefits in addition to your primary goal.

Martial Arts in the Movies

Anyone who’s ever seen an action movie knows that martial arts play a big role in modern cinema. Virtually every hero uses karate to defeat his or her enemies at some point in the story. But there’s a lot more to martial arts than just flashy, fast-paced, computer-enhanced excitement on the big screen.

Hollywood hits like “The Karate Kid” make many people wonder whether they could become “karate kids” too. The answer is a resounding YES! Nearly everyone – young or old, thin or obese, differently-abled or not – can become skilled in self-defense. But martial art training teaches students much more than just kicking, punching, jumping, and yelling. A good karate program offers life-changing benefits to anyone willing to learn and practice.

Real Martial Arts Training For Young and Not So Young

Whether you’re eight or 85, it’s never too soon or too late to start training. Martial arts aren’t just for self-defense. (Though for many, that’s the main reason they enroll and continue.) For some, the most attractive aspect is mental and physical fitness. For others, creating good habits like courtesy, respect, and discipline is the primary draw.

 

How Martial Arts Training Leads To Better Grades In School

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This article explains how martial arts training frequently leads to high scores, good grades, and great opportunities in school by developing character traits such as self-control, self-esteem, courtesy, and respect for others.

Martial arts training and educational training share a very important goal: to inspire attitudes and actions that turn students into motivated, confident, capable, and self-reliant leaders. In school, high test scores are rewarded with good grades. Martial arts develop skills and traits needed to meet diverse challenges, such as studying to earn good grades. Just a few are discipline, self-control, self-esteem, self-worth, courtesy, and respect for others.

Karate students make habits of these virtues through classes that focus on fitness, self-defense, and self-confidence. They practice these skills and traits at our facility, then apply them at home, at school or work, and in the community. Martial art teachers take a genuine interest in every student and family. Most are active, respected civic leaders too, giving students many chances to give back to their cities and towns.

  • Self-control is a vital trait both in school and in martial arts. In school, a student must pay attention to the teacher and not be distracted to learn the day’s lessons. Focus and concentration are vital to achievement in karate. Students practice tuning out distractions, working under pressure, and focusing on the immediate activity. Practice gradually becomes habit, carrying over into other settings – especially the classroom.
  • Self-esteem is improved through the process of (1) setting and reaching goals and (2) earning rewards for the work that achieved them. In school, a goal might be to read a book chapter by a deadline, rewarded by a good grade on a test of that material. In karate, the goal might be learning a series of moves, rewarded by a belt stripe, uniform star, or higher rank. Students work toward large goals by setting smaller goals that build upon each other, just as knowledge is acquired in school.
  • Courtesy shows respect, care, thankfulness, and humility. Speaking and acting with courtesy builds a sense of community. It’s shown in school by obeying the teacher, completing assignments, and helping classmates. Martial arts students show respect by bowing, applauding peers, following commands, and thanking parents as class ends.

Karate students typically become confident, capable, and self-reliant leaders as their training progresses. They develop helpful values and skills over time through continual practice. By showing respect to their teachers and classmates, learning to listen and respond properly, and being “open” to learning new things, their improved attitudes and actions make them better students – with higher grades – and more capable leaders.

 

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