Martial Arts Teaches Confidence

Having confidence wasn't something that I always posed.  It took time... including encouragement   from instructors and wins at tournaments... it took time. As a kid, I wasn't the most confident person.  I was very shy.  I sorta believed in myself, but it probably depended on the day. When my parents enrolled me in Karate classes, things started to change.  I began to believe in myself.  My parents began to notice a difference in me too.  Positive changes started to come out of my training. Training in Karate or any type of Martial Arts can make some dramatic changes in a child's life.  I remember one of my first instructors was Mr. Gaines.  He was a great Karate teacher.  He always pushed me as a student and never let me slack in class.  However, he was extremely encouraging by using positive reinforcement.  Mr. Gaines helped me to begin believing in myself and my skills by giving me the tools to be successful, but never letting me settle for mediocrity.  Usually I had to pay twice the price for doing something like that :D As I got older, another instructor stepped into my life.  He can almost be responsible for getting me involved in Karate tournaments and helping me grow and gain even more confidence in myself and my skills as a competitor.  Mr. Robertson was one of those Karate instructors that truly saw the potential in me as a Martial Artist.  Though his way of teaching me confidence can be considered an "old school" version of teaching, but as a teenage Black Belt, it was needed for me to grow. The reason I am sharing these stories is because training in the Martial Arts will not only help your child with their self-esteem, but improve their self-confidence.  Their confidence will show in the way they walk, the way they talk, the way they socialize... the list goes on. You will begin to see a difference in how they study for tests, prepare for school, play with their friends, and how they act at home.  A child with confidence has the ability of accomplishing anything in life. Karate is an activity that thrives on personal development, rather than comparing you to someone else.  There aren't very many sports that emphasize this type of characteristics because its always about keeping up with the Jones' or doing better than someone else.  There are different levels to this type of competition, but as parents and role models, it's important to know when to push this into your child's life... At The Dojo of Karate, we mold our students to become leaders in our school and in their lives.  We teach them about self-confidence and how to gain those intangible skills.  We challenge them to become better Karate students and better children by giving them goals that they can accomplish. Javier Lozano, Jr. Owner / Head Instructor NASKA World Champion Certified Personal Trainer Child Safety Instructor 3rd Degree Black Belt




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