We often talk about participating in activities that “build character.” But what does this mean, and why is it so important?
Building character is all about shaping a person in a way that benefits the individual and others. Good character traits are typically virtues like respect, honesty, integrity, courage, and loyalty. These are just a few of the character traits that contribute to who we are and the choices we make.
How Martial Arts Builds Character
Martial arts is one of many activities that contributes to a child’s character development. Here are just a few of the character traits that kids develop by participating in martial arts:
One of the key character traits inherent in martial arts is respect. Kids learn to respect their instructors, fellow students, and themselves. Not only are kids expected to demonstrate respect in class, but they’re encouraged to take this trait to all areas of their lives.
Another valuable character trait that kids develop through martial arts is self-discipline. The nature of martial arts training promotes a strong work ethic to learn and improve. Commitment to hard work, persistence, and focus lead to greater self-discipline.
Kids build confidence in themselves through martial arts, as well. Rather than being told that they are successful, this sense of self-belief develops from within each individual student through experience.
Patience is not an easy character trait to learn in a world built for instant gratification. But in martial arts, there is no fast-track or shortcut to success. The learning process requires patience. Through practice, kids learn that the ability to be patient will pay off if they’re willing to put in the time and effort needed to learn, improve, and be successful.
Through martial arts and wrestling, Ascendant Martial Arts in Regina aims to make better people and, in turn, make for better communities. To learn more about the programs we’re currently offering, contact us today.