Martial arts is a great way to build self-confidence at any age. But what does this show of confidence actually look like? Or feel like?
Here are a few signs that you’re increasing your self-confidence through martial arts:
You feel strong and healthy.
Martial arts is a great way to stay active, release built-up energy, and learn self-defense skills. And physically training your body to be strong and healthy makes you feel more confident. As you learn more and grow in your practice, you’ll continue to build confidence in what you’ve learned and in yourself.
You’re willing to try something new.
Trying something new takes guts. And if you doubt yourself, then taking on new challenges is a challenge in and of itself. But your willingness to try something new, like a new skill or technique, is a sign that you’re confident enough to give it a try.
You perform a skill or technique for the very first time.
Practicing something over and over isn’t easy. It can be repetitive, and maybe sometimes a little boring. But when you finally succeed at what you’ve practiced, that small sense of accomplishment you feel contributes to your confidence level in big ways.
You smile and talk to your friends (or meet new ones).
One of the great things about martial arts classes is that they take place in a respectful environment in a supportive community. You can feel more comfortable being yourself and getting to know your fellow students. It’s not always easy to meet new people or make new friends. But when you’re able to smile and chat with others, that’s your confidence showing.
You make a mistake, but you shake it off and keep trying.
No one likes to make mistakes – especially in front of other people. But if you happen to mess up, don’t let that discourage you or make you want to give up. Instead, shake off your mistake. Or even better, find something to learn from it. And then keep practicing. You show self-confidence every time you make a mistake and decide to keep trying.
Small, confidence-building moments can add up to significant changes in your practice and your life. At The Way Family Dojo in Magnolia, we promote confidence-building and other character traits like discipline and respect.
To learn more about the programs and classes we’re currently offering, contact us today.