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Does Martial Arts Increase Confidence in Kids?

Are you wondering if the Martial Arts will increase the confidence level of kids? Especially those kids who are very shy and introverted.

Of course I could just give you my biased opinion based based on my 20+ years as a Martial Arts Sensei, but instead I would rather explore the issue and let you decide for yourself.

What is confidence really? And can you measure it? Do you know someone who, when they walk in the room changes the atmosphere? You can feel their power and strength.

I like to ask my students all of the time, “Who here thinks that I have a lot of confidence?” Of course we know what the answer is. Then I go on to ask them questions. “Why is it that I have confidence? Was I born with it? Was I trained? Was it engrained in me from constant repetition in order to create a new habit?” I would say that the latter is the most important, mixed with proper training.

You see, the positive traits (we are not interested in the negative ones) that successful, confident people have are almost universally the same. The reason you can “feel” the atmosphere change when someone enters the room is because of a few key traits that anyone can alter and improve on.

The most important trait is your physiology. Tony Robbins states that “by altering your body’s physiology, you can achieve an immediate change of your emotional state.” Another words, if you consistently alter your posture, facial expressions (Smile!), shoulder position, chest, etc. then you can successfully alter your mental state. We do this every class.

With a new and improved mental state, you will achieve a more positive outlook on life. This new positive outlook on life will give you more energy and excitement, and therefore increase your confidence. Please post your questions and comments below. Thank you.

Sensei Ryan

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