If you follow the news, you are apt to become disgusted by how some of our nation’s leaders conduct themselves, no matter where on the political spectrum you may fall. Many of these leaders are a lost cause, but there is something we can do to develop children, our future leaders. Here are 7 ways youth martial arts develop better leaders.
“Finish what you start.” How many of us were told this when growing up? Once you commit to a task or project, it is important to see it through to completion. In order to progress in martial arts, students must commit to a program of training. They are not only expected to attend training sessions, but they must also conduct themselves in a certain way outside of class: completing homework, performing chores, and more.
2. Overcoming Challenges
Learning martial arts is not a cake walk. In Merpati Putih, students learn to find a balance of mind, body, and spirit. Since this may not come naturally for some, it takes work to maintain a meditative state, perform certain motions, or to handle adversity. Over time, though, as youngsters face several challenges and come out on top through hard work, they learn that they are capable of much more than they first thought.
3. Working together
America likes to celebrate individualism. While it is empowering to be able to do things on your own, humans are social beings. We can achieve a lot more by working together. Look no further than Congress to see how not collaborating has slowed the progress of our great country. In martial arts, kids work hard together to achieve goals. Students with a broad range of personalities learn how to best interact and work with fellow classmates.
Respect is a precious commodity these days. Yet, if we all displayed more respect for our fellow man, there would be much less pain and violence in this world. Martial arts students are not only expected to show respect for their teachers, but they must also demonstrate respect for other students. Even if two people do not agree, by showing respect for the other’s ideas and opinions, you make it more likely that the two of you will find common ground.
5. Leadership Development (Belts)
As children work their way up the belt system, they are given more and more responsibilities. In most programs, the higher belts are expected to help teach the kids with lower-ranking belts. And, through teaching, youngsters learn what leadership styles are most effective for getting the job done. And, they can use these skills throughout life.
6. Challenging Tests with Deadlines
We only hold belt tests a few times per year. In order to qualify to test for their next belt, students must demonstrate that they are ready. This includes meeting a specific set of requirements, becoming adept at certain moves, and showing their prepared mental state through answering challenging questions. If they are not ready by a specific deadline, they must wait months to test again.
7. Team Building
To accomplish anything of consequence, you have to have the right team of people by your side. This is true of progressing in martial arts as well as in other areas of life. Kids learn to gather the right people around them to achieve their goals and move through the rankings.
If you have a young one in your life who could use some guidance, sign them up for the Youth Martial Arts Program at MP USA. We train children ages 6 to 14 to take advantage of the 7 ways youth martial arts develop better leaders. To learn more, contact us today!