Raising Confident Kids with Martial Arts at Total Ryu
It takes confidence to be a kid in today’s world. Whether going to a new school or stepping up to bat for the first time, kids face a lot of uncharted territory. Martial arts at Total can help a kid gain the confidence needed to be
Naturally, parents want to instill a can-do attitude in their kids so that they’ll bravely take on new challenges and, over time, believe in themselves. While each child is a little different, parents can follow some general guidelines to build kids’ confidence.
Self-confidence rises out of a sense of competence. In other words, kids develop confidence not because parents tell them they’re great, but because of their achievements, big and small. Sure, it’s good to hear encouraging words from mom and dad. But words of praise mean more when they refer to a child’s specific efforts or new abilities.
Martial Arts Instructors call this “Stacking”. When students first come to Total Ryu we talk to them about avoiding comparing themselves with other kids. In martial arts the student’s real opponent or competition is themselves. “In the beginning instructors are “good finders” pointing out each child’s strong points and praising them while challenging them to do something more” according to Grand Master Silva.
Once the martial arts journey begins at Total Ryu, kids will gain competence at basics, falls, throws, rolls, self defense and working with others. They earn and are rewarded belts, stripes and recognitions for practicing, patience, courtesy, goal setting and more, This “Stacking” of success gives kids confidence to try new techniques and reach new levels in life and martial arts because they are accomplishing things very few of their peers will ever do. A child that becomes a Black Belt is like a scout that becomes an “Eagle”.
Martial Arts is also just fun, healthy, great for fitness and more. The gift of martial arts lessons is a gift that will go a long way. Remember, kids that take Total Ryu Martial Arts and then want to try new things, where before were shy and reserved, gained that confidence from their efforts and success at Total Ryu. Can you imagine what kind of success your child will have if they stick with Total Ryu to Black Belt and beyond? I can, I have seen it. These kids turn into awesome adults the exhibit integrity, honesty, drive, and live life to the fullest, they chase their dreams and succeed.