Let’s talk about something really important today- the mental benefits of taekwondo. Most people see martial arts as a purely physical sport but it actually requires a lot of mental stamina and self-talk. We help hundreds of people in our AmeriKick Martial Arts community transform into the best versions of themselves through the power of martial arts and self-defense. Here’s how:
Confidence is a Huge Advantage of Taekwondo
There’s probably an area of your life that you already feel confident in, like how you handle tough situations at work or your ability to be a supportive friend.
You might already feel confident in your body and even work out regularly. But do you feel confident in your ability to protect yourself? If it came down to it, would you know how to defend yourself against an attacker? Would you know how to protect the people you love?
Self-Respect: A Little-Known Benefit
These are scary questions, but they’re necessary, and fear can sometimes motivate you to act appropriately- nothing worse than not knowing self-defense in an emergency and wishing you did! Learning how to protect yourself and the people you love is so important. It’s why we have the goal of teaching everyone in Levittown how to defend themselves against an attacker.
It’s not just because it saves lives, either: imagine how much more confident you could be if you were sure you could handle any physical situation that came your way. Knowing how to keep yourself safe would just be one more thing for you to feel confident about. It’s a huge mental benefit of martial arts.
How These Mental Benefits of Taekwondo Can Change Lives
So we all know confidence is great to have – but why is self-respect important? Because once you learn to respect yourself and your body, you start to make better choices. When you decide to take martial arts classes, you may notice you feel more energized.
You may start to want to eat healthier and think, “I wouldn’t be respecting my body if I ate this… I want to feel amazing so I’ll skip the chips.” You may also find yourself wanting to take a walk in the afternoon or finally making time for a hike with a friend. This just makes you even more confident because you’re doing what’s right for you, you have more energy to do things you love, and you feel in alignment with your best self.
That little conscience in your head guiding your decisions is finally being heard. Bonus – when you respect yourself, you start to treat others with more kindness and patience because you see and respect them, too. This makes others more confident because they feel your kindness, and then they pass that feeling on to others… and there’s a compound effect in the community. Magic? We think so. And it’s all because of this little old sport we call martial arts.
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We see it all the time – a new student will come in to start training, and within months, they’ll get a promotion. Or negotiate a better salary. They may even get the courage to ask someone out on a date. Or speak their mind to a disrespectful colleague. These aren’t just crazy random happenstances – they happen because martial arts classes build confidence and self-respect. Period. Again, when you respect yourself, you also start to treat yourself better.
You start to see how you can reach new heights in martial arts classes, and you find bravery and confidence within yourself that you never knew you had. Are you starting to see how the benefits of taekwondo for kids arts can really change your life? Just these two benefits- the mix of self-respect and confidence- can help you realize that other people’s judgments and the value you place on other people’s judgments are worth less than how it feels to respect yourself.
When you know how awesome you are because you’re kicking major but in your martial arts classes, you’re not afraid to confidently create awesomeness in your own life. You feel empowered to make bold decisions in your life, embrace new opportunities, and do the things you never thought you could do. It’s awesome! One last thing. In terms of textbook mental health, martial arts provide serious benefits. Staying active, maintaining a fulfilling social life, and achieving new goals each week- these are pieces of the mental health checklist that every martial arts class checks off. Your mood and health can improve tremendously right alongside your mindset.