The mental benefits of taekwondo are actually endless, but two important ones you may not know about are our confidence and self-respect. 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 really knock it out of the park. We help hundreds of people in our Barner’s Blue Dragons community transform into the best versions of themselves through the power of martial arts and self-defense. Here’s how:
Confidence is a Huge Advantage of Taekwondo
There’s probably an area of your life that you already feel confident in, like how you handle tough situations at work or your ability to be there for your spouse when they need you.
You might already feel confident in your body and even hit the gym every day. But do you feel confident in your ability to protect yourself? If you absolutely had to, would you know how to defend yourself against an attacker? Would you know how to save the lives of the people you love?
Self-Respect: A Little-Known Benefit
These are scary questions, but they’re necessary, and fear can sometimes motivate you to act appropriately- nothing worse than 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 have the goal of teaching everyone in Tacoma to defend themselves against an attacker. It’s not just because it saves lives, either: imagine how much more confident you could be if you were sure you could handle any physical situation that came your way. That knowledge of self-defense would just be one more thing for you to hang your hat on. It’s a huge mental benefit of taekwondo for kids.
How These Mental Benefits of Taekwondo Change Lives
So confidence is important, yes – but why is self-respect important? Because once you learn to respect yourself and your body, you start to make better choices.
Once you start taking martial arts classes, you may notice you feel more energized. You may start to want to eat 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 take a walk in the afternoon or finally making time to teach your kid how to play soccer. Then you become even more confident because you’re doing right by your body, you have more energy to do things that benefit you, 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 your kindness, and then they pass that feeling on to others… and there’s a compound effect in the community. It’s kind of great, isn’t it? And it’s all because of this little old sport we call martial arts.
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This happens 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 their mind to a disrespectful colleague. These are not coincidences – they happen because martial arts classes build confidence and self-respect. Period. When you respect yourself, you also start to respect other aspects of your life as well. You start to realize that you deserve better treatment from others, professionally and personally, and you find the courage to stand up for what you want.
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 and the value you place on other people’s judgments are worth less than how it feels to respect yourself.
When you know how awesome you are because you’re kicking major butt in your martial arts classes, you’re not afraid to confidently create awesomeness in your own life. You feel empowered to make bold decisions in your life, embark on exciting new adventures, and do the things you never thought you could do. It’s awesome!
One last thing. In the classic mental health sense, martial arts provide serious benefits. Staying active, maintaining a fulfilling social life, and consistently accomplishing new goals each week- are the basic building blocks of mental health that martial arts classes can provide. Your mood and health can improve tremendously right alongside your mindset.