Over time, studying martial arts will teach students a number of positive attributes. Above all, the ability to learn and promote a positive mindset is the most important. A positive mindset is developed over time. It is not something that a student will learn immediately. Developing a positive mindset happens through structured routine, overcoming challenges and perseverance. In martial arts, students are taught a structured routine, by simply showing up to class.
When a student arrives to class, or under current circumstances, logs in to their Virtual Karate Class, they have already started to follow a routine. This routine is very important to keep a healthy, and positive, mindset. Under the current situation, maintaining a sense of normality and structure is very important. While students are isolated at home, it is very easy to develop negative thinking. By keeping a routine, showing up to class, following the guided instruction and training on a regular basis, students will naturally develop, and maintain, a positive mindset. The No Limits Martial Arts instructors love to give positive feedback to students. When students hear that they have succeeded at a task, or impressed their instructors, it teaches them that martial arts is a positive activity. Students leave the class feeling accomplished, confident and positive. They know that they have completed a great workout and exercised their brain through learning. Thus, it gives them something to look forward to on a weekly basis. This helps to build and keep a positive routine. Of course, martial arts classes are not without their challenges.
Students will face a number of challenges on their martial arts journey. In order to overcome these challenges, students will need to learn how to think positive thoughts, and push through the difficult time. Students are taught ‘positive self talk’. This is when they tell themselves, no matter how difficult the class or activity may be, they CAN DO IT. This positive self talk does not only apply to martial arts class. Over time, as students age and mature, they learn that this positive mindset relates to daily life. Now, more than ever, families, students and communities need to tell themselves ‘I CAN DO IT’!
Finally, martial arts teaches perseverance. Not every challenge is going to be short and easy to overcome. Additionally, achieving a Black Belt will not be done in a short three year time period. Martial arts is a long term game. It is a commitment to yourself that no matter how difficult the task may be, achieving a Black Belt is something ‘I CAN DO’. Advanced students have been studying Karate for 4-5 years. They are very close to achieving their Black Belt, however they are at the hardest part of their training. The majority of students quit Karate between the Green and Blue/Black Belt levels. The ‘average’ student will not achieve a Black Belt. It takes hard work, dedication, positivity and perseverance to reach that goal. It also takes a community of support and encouragement. Students who persevere and tell themselves ‘no matter how hard it gets, I will overcome this challenge’ will see that they are successful not only in their martial arts training, but in daily life.
Martial arts has a number of amazing benefits that students learn to apply to their daily lives. Now more than ever is the time for positivity. Waking up in the morning, taking a deep breath and telling yourself ‘I GOT THIS’ sets your day off on a positive note. It does not matter what challenges come your way, you are prepared. Students who train in martial arts learn the power of positivity. It is set up for students by developing a routine to attend class, learning to overcome challenges and persevering through difficult situations. The power of positivity, taught in Karate class, transfers over to daily life. No matter how difficult the road may be, stay positive. If you maintain your positive self talk, you can overcome any challenge!