It’s been said many times that listening is much more important than talking. When you take the time to listen to others, you are almost guaranteed to learn and grow. Listening is a skill that is taken for granted by most, and few of us realize how much of a difference truly hearing someone else’s words can make. Whether you learn what to do, what not to do, or something completely unexpected, the act of listening is something we could all improve upon.
Here are some ways that a martial arts practice helps you to become a better listener:
Most of the time, when people start talking, the instinct is to come up with a response. The mind starts concocting a reply before the other person’s thought is even fully expressed. This may feel like you’re being attentive and listening. But really, the mind has already wandered into ignoring the words being said. Practicing martial arts cultivates a listening ear because there is a risk of losing a match or getting injured without full attention to instruction. To progress, listening is necessary.
Silence Will Serve You
You will find that a martial arts studio is full of activity and the noise of students working to improve their technique. You will also notice that when the teacher is speaking, full attention is on their words and instruction. Silence out of respect for the instructor opens the door to truly listen. Knowing how to close your mouth and open your ears takes as much practice as any other self-improvement technique, so practice silence and see how quickly learning something new happens.
Listen With All of Your Senses
Listening doesn’t have to be through the ears only. Listening to your body by being aware of the signals it sends is critical to avoiding injury. Seeing others improve and paying attention to their effort is a form of listening. Allowing all of the senses to inform your decision-making is the most complete way to listen, hear, and understand what you need to do to improve. Each time you fully expose yourself to understanding the lessons being taught all around you, you listen at the highest level.
Ascendant Martial Arts in Regina sees martial arts as a path to understanding. When you can listen to the world around you, you can better understand your place in it. Knowing that you can learn through simple observation and silence is one of the most important techniques we teach. Contact us today to learn what we can do for you.