Life Skills Developed Through Martial Arts
Updated: Feb 17
Martial arts is an effective way to develop self confidence and to be able to defend yourself.
Martial arts can certainly make the difference in the lives of many through character building. It teaches discipline and confidence. No matter how tough a person is what a person excels in, there is always someone two steps ahead of you, forcing you to know your own limits and respect boundaries. This in turn teaching humility.
You can learn a lot more than just how to do a good roundhouse kick at your local martial arts school.
Here are just a few life skills and lessons:
Whether a student is punching a pad or breaking a board, he or she must have a tremendous amount of focus in class. When a student learns to focus energy on the task at hand in the dojo, this same focus will eventually develop into a transferrable skill, and can be applied to reading a book or completing a task.
Most Martial Arts organisations teach a series of Patterns. These Patterns require students to remember specific techniques in a specific order. Many martial arts also require students to remember a series of self defence moves that they must perform. The memorisation skills developed in martial arts can help students as they prepare for tests in school.
Martial arts classes tend to be very strict when it comes to behaviour. Most instructors will not tolerate excessive talking or goofing around in the dojo. Improved behaviour in class often translates into improved behaviour in life.
4. Goal setting
There are many opportunities for goal setting in martial arts. Most schools have a belt ranking system with white belt being the lowest rank and black belt being the highest. This ranking system encourages students to strive to reach the next level. This teaches students to work toward the achievement of a goal. Getting in to the habit of goal setting often develops in martial arts students and they work toward other goals in life such as going for the bigger promotion, or working towards a better grade in education.
Dojos are a place where students are pushed to give 100 per cent on a consistent basis. Students are encouraged to kick a little higher or punch a little stronger at nearly every session. This encourages them to never accept less from themselves and it forces them realise their true potential. Martial arts teaches students that they can be far more than average and always strive for more.
As students become stronger physically and find that they can handle themselves in compromising situations, they become more confident individuals overall. A heightened sense of self confidence will likely benefit students throughout their lives.
One of the most important words in martial arts is respect. Students are taught to respect their instructors, each other, and themselves. Many instructors spend time in class discussing the importance of respecting school teachers, mentors, parents and grandparents. Respect is often missing in many facets of today's society and when students are taught lessons about respect it can have a major impact on the future of our world.