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How Does Karate Boost Confidence in Kids?

Karate Boosts confidence in Kids

The word confidence is defined as “belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities. So what exactly is it about karate that promotes such confidence in kids?

To begin with, successful completion of rank gives students a feeling of accomplishment. Every few months, a student is promoting in rank and therefore, bursting with confidence and an “I can” attitude.

Karate gives you the confidence to handle uncomfortable or unnerving situations. Whether it’s the awkward task of performing in front of a group of students or as you move higher in rank, the pressure of stepping into a ring with somebody and actually having to spar with them. This confidence also helps kids in school with grades and when necessary, to stand up to others or in front of a class.

Another important confidence builder in karate is it doesn’t matter if you are as “talented” as some others in the class.  Although there are many group aspects to karate class, karate is about individual success. You will never be “benched” for making an error; will never feel inferior to other students in the class. You will be praised and complimented on your accomplishments and your successes.

Confidence is built into everything we do in a karate school because confidence in one’s self will lead to success and victory in every aspect of life.

Lori Miley is the Program Director and an Instructor at Jim Smith Karate.

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thomas February 14, 2013 at 04:52 PM
martial arts are false gods mmmmm inhaling demons says this former chucker, Christ is the only way. selah
Carl Petersen III February 14, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Thomas: What does this have to do with religion?
Racman63 February 14, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Absolutely nothing. Thomas' comment does not offer a contrary opinion, or even a knowledgeable critique of martial arts; instead, he represents another stellar example of the thorough mind scouring that the American Taliban (i.e. the Christian Right) has perpetrated on a vast segment of contemporary American society. Someday Thomas may read a book other than the Bible, perhaps he'll discover some of the fine Christian thinkers such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, or consider the historical crimes perpetrated upon indigenous peoples in the name of J.C., or maybe one day his conscience will simply and miraculously alight to the realization that he's been utterly, thoroughly and completely wrong in his world view. But until that day comes, he's entitled to his opinion, as am I.
Hannah Johansson February 15, 2013 at 04:45 AM
Very true! Months back, I started noticing a change in my son’s character. He was growing to be practically scared of everything around him. I later learned that he was developing a sense of phobia and inferiority complex in him that he was too weak to defend himself from his schoolmates who found it interesting to bully him physically and mentally. I grew worried about this and desperately looked around for a solution. That is when I happened to hear about Classical Martial Arts Centre in Toronto. After having enrolled at the Classical Martial Arts Centre, my son has never been the same. He is confident and mentally strong now. He is focused and is doing pretty well in his academics. He now knows how to defend himself and is no longer scared of anything around him. The meditation classes that he attended there have worked out for the best. Certainly, karate can boost the confidence level in children!
Aidan February 15, 2013 at 06:56 PM
" he represents another stellar example of the thorough mind scouring that the American Taliban (i.e. the Christian Right) has perpetrated on a vast segment of contemporary American society." Clown.

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