Let’s talk about something significant today–the benefits of Taekwondo. A lot of people see martial arts as a purely physical sport, but there’s a lot of mental stamina and self-talk required to knock it out of the park. We help hundreds of people in our Foster Hills community transform into the best versions of themselves through the power of martial arts and self-defense. Here’s how:
Confidence is One of the Huge Benefits of Taekwondo
You likely already feel confident in one area of your life; your job, your role as a parent, or your studies, for example. You might already feel confident in your body and even crush it on the treadmill. But how confident do you feel in your ability to protect yourself? Do you know some of the benefits of Taekwondo for kids? If push came to shove, would you know how to defend yourself against an attacker? Would you know how to protect the people you love? These are some of the questions that make you wonder if you haven’t learned martial arts or self-defense.
Self-Respect: A Little-Known Benefit
These questions may not be fun, but you know what’s less fun? 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 want to teach everyone in Foster Hills how to defend themselves against an attacker, to have that knowledge in a critical moment.
It’s not just because it saves lives, either: imagine how much more confident you would be if you were 100% certain in your ability to handle any physical situation that came your way. That knowledge of self-defense would just be one more thing for you to feel confident about. It’s one of the huge mental benefits of Taekwondo.
How The Benefits of Taekwondo Change Lives
So we all know confidence is great to have, but why is self-respect important? Once you learn to respect yourself and your body, you start to appreciate the advantages of taekwondo. When you decide to take martial arts classes, you may notice you feel more energized. You may want to start eating healthier and think, “My body doesn’t feel so great when I eat pizza, maybe I’ll choose a salad tonight instead.” You may also find yourself wanting to bike instead of driving up the street or finally making time for a hike with a friend.
Then you become even more confident because you’re doing right by your body, 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. Also–this is huge–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 understood, and then they pass that feeling on to others and there’s a compound effect in the community. Magical? We think so. And it’s all because of this ancient practice we call martial arts.
Confidence & Self Respect – Join Us to Learn More!
We see it all the time – a new student will come in to start training, and within months, they’ll get promoted at work. Or negotiate a better salary. They may even get the courage to ask someone out on a date. Or speak up for themselves in an unhealthy friendship. These things don’t just happen out of the blue – they happen because martial arts classes build confidence and self-respect. Plain and simple.
When you respect yourself, you also start to respect other aspects of your life. You recognize that you can reach new heights in martial arts classes, and you find bravery and confidence within yourself that you never knew you had. Do you see now how the mental benefits of Taekwondo can seriously change your life? Just these two benefits–the mix of self-respect and confidence–can help you realize that other people’s judgments can only get to you if you let them.
When you know you’re awesome because you leave your martial arts class feeling super accomplished, you’re not going to shy away from creating awesomeness in your own life. You make bold decisions in your life, embrace new opportunities, and do the things you never thought you could do. It’s awesome!
Okay, one more thing. In the classic mental health sense, martial arts provides serious benefits. Staying active, being a part of a community, 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.