Martial arts is a good form of physical exercise, increasing self-esteem and sport confidence. From the time the kids step onto the mat, they’re working on self-esteem. They bow and say, “To do my best,” which is a promise to themselves and the instructors that they will work their hardest.
Dictionary.com defines self esteem as a feeling of trust in one's abilities, qualities, and judgment. By practicing moves repeatedly, skills increase, which in turn increases confidence.
What Do Studies Show Us About Self Esteem and Martial Arts?
Studies have shown that taking martials arts increases self esteem:
Confidence Leads to Tenacity
In “Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology,” we learn that an athlete’s confidence comes from:
Confidence allows people to get through difficult situations by utilizing self efficacy. Self efficacy is one's belief in one's ability to succeed in specific situations or accomplish a task, according to Wikipedia. People are more likely to participate in an activity and will put forth more effort to reach his or her goal.
Confidence is situational. While some people are confident while talking in front of large groups, they may not be confident with using a computer. Our school works to improve low self-esteem situations through belt advancements, giving each student an opportunity to lead the class, and praise while doing various techniques.
Belt rankings break down skills at a good progression. Beginner belts learn basic motor skills to produce complex motor skills.
Coping Mechanisms Learned through Martial Arts
Martial arts uses several major coping mechanisms a person can develop through training:
Martial arts increases confidence through a highly structured and ritualistic environment. Students increase their self image and have reduced fear of failing after applying effort.
Martial Arts in East Mesa
If you want to learn more about how our school can help you or your child increase confidence, call 480-986-7177 today or fill out our online form.