Who doesn’t want their children to be successful in life? Has it ever occurred to you that training in the Martial Arts can instill confidence in your child that will make them secure not only in discovering commitment but gaining the knowledge they need to succeed? The training address some of the most anxiety-causing situations your children will face. With the training, they might someday successfully navigate everything from abusive kids to panic disorders and high anxiety.
The training helps students develop the confidence they need to be successful. Take social anxiety. The problem of bullying is getting so out of control that parents and teachers are at wits end about what to do for children. Social anxiety creates a horrible future. It may be a future marred by:
- Drug abuse
Is it any wonder parents want a solution? The training diminishes the harm of teasing and abuse. With this social anxiety, it’s about lop-sided power. The powerful want to make the fragile do what they want. Is it hard to imagine a trained person unable to address the unevenness of power or the distress of being provoked by a loud-mouth kid?
Who are the Victims of Teasing and Abuse
With the teasing and abuse, who stands to lose the most? It’s the kids who are different that are often singled out by other children and teased or assaulted. The victims have similar traits:
- Less physical strength
- Less mental ability
- Less money
- Fewer friends
Those qualities make them targets. It’s unfortunate, but the weakest children are the easiest targets. The stakes are actually quite high. The damage done is far from trivial. Nobody wants their children to suffer this.
The training can also help children suffering from social anxiety. Adults are human, and they can make mistakes. They criticize a child in front of other kids. Other children then tease and abuse the criticized child. The natural response to this behavior is a child who is socially anxious. Social anxiety can also be overcome with Martial Arts training. Setting and reaching goals will create self-belief in a child and help them overcome social anxiety.
Some people associate the training with effort, but participants can focus on self-control and discipline too. Children with panic attacks can learn self-discipline and ways to overcome the panic that is often associated with having the spotlight shown on them. Many classes incorporate spiritual values:
- To foster peace and non-violence as approaches to teasing and bullying
- To encourage meditation and training that leads to inner peace
- To promote Accountability
If every teasing, abusive child in the school were held to a level of accountability, would there be less social anxiety in children?
The Value of Practice
The training also addresses anxiety in children by providing a place that is consistently safe. One aspect is the fun that the kids experience, and having a good time at every class might ease a child’s anxiety over things like being separated from their folks. The children learn social skills in groups and practice sessions. Practice makes perfect. The more occasions a child spends having fun and being independent of the parent, the less the anxiety will plague them.
The Training is a Tool
Every child needs faith to succeed in life. If a child imagines a response to anxiety and rehearses a response, it can give a child the belief to thwart it. By learning a discipline, the child can confront something as scary as violence with knowledge of what it is and how to deal with it. Taking away your child’s fear may actually instill the faith to repel abusive kids before the behavior starts. If bad kids pick on weaknesses, then the martial arts removes weaknesses. Practice is the best way to prepare your child to meet anxious situations. It builds self-confidence. The more belief your child gets from practice the more likely they can stand their ground. It may become clear to the child that faith will make them less of a mark.
About Practicing and Feeling Good
The goal of attaining colored belts is both a short-term goal and a long-term goal. This helps children understand what goals are and how they work in real life. The goal orientation in the training is designed to motivate the children to excel. The best goals are pursued because of internal pressures in the child. The pursuit of such goals makes a child feel good. External pressures are important in reaching goals too, but goals must be something children really want to achieve.
The Training Teaches Kids Values
Kids learn the ins and outs of respect by earning it and giving it. As a rule, teasing other kids is not a behavior that deserves respect so teaching children not to respect certain behaviors is a positive thing. Kids learn the ways to express respect in physical combat like shaking hands and acknowledging when you’re beaten. Children learn through the training how to measure an opponent’s true abilities and to respect their own. Children in the classes learn the social skills necessary to interact with people, and they learn to deal with bad emotions generated by their peers or adults. The training will give them feedback and a place to develop social skills. The training is a place to develop self-belief and be successful in life.
The training can help kids deal with social anxiety, panic attacks, and bullying. There’s no silver bullet that fixes every problem, but it provides a good place to start.