Martial arts training creates an environment where students continuously face a variety of obstacles and challenges. As a martial arts student, you develop a range of physical and mental skills that you can then use in your daily life. Resilience is one of those skills.
Resilience is the ability to face and cope with physical and mental setbacks. When you’re resilient, you’re more likely to face an obstacle or challenge and bounce back from it.
Here are a few ways martial arts training develops resilience:
1. Physical Fitness
Feeling physical strength and health is likely to lead to feeling mental strength and health. Martial arts increases strength, endurance, power, agility, and speed. Your training leads to feeling physically empowered and confident. Applying these physical skills to a variety of situations helps you figure out how to react and respond appropriately. As your body trains and becomes more fit, so does your mind. Martial arts trains your body and your mind to be stronger, fitter, and more resilient.
2. Growth and Learning
Every student who practices martial arts has had an experience where they’ve made a mistake. Mistakes are part of learning martial arts. You won’t get something right on your first try all the time. Learning and then applying martial arts skills takes practice. So what happens when you make a mistake? If you’ve made an error, what is your reaction? Resiliency comes from looking at what happened and figuring out how you can learn from your mistake. Rather than replaying your mistake over and over, focus on what you can do differently or better the next time. When you focus on growth and learning, you’re more likely to move forward and try something new.
3. Goals and Objectives
A martial arts goal, like earning a black belt, takes years to accomplish. In that time that you’re working toward a long-term goal, setbacks and challenges are inevitable. When faced with these types of obstacles, how do you stay motivated and committed to your training? One way you can develop the mental strength and resiliency to stick with your training is with short-term objectives. These objectives act like mini-goals, and they give you something tangible to gauge your progress. Little bursts of success motivate you to persevere and proceed with resiliency.
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