What do you think of when you think of the word confidence? Maybe trust or belief or reliance, or even assurance. Then you might be asking how does confidence relate to martial arts? First, think of the self-defense moves and techniques that our students learn and develop during their martial arts training here at Championship Martial Arts-Holland. The moves and techniques taught, help them to develop confidence about which move they will use to defend themselves. This helps to sharpen self-reliance and the confidence to make decisions outside of the mat as well. Second, a few things to remember when it comes to confidence during one’s martial arts journey is to focus on individual improvement, treat others with respect, and enjoy learning something new along the way. In martial arts, you will learn an abundance of skill, but it won’t always come easy. So remember when you fall, learn what it takes to get back up. Being strong enough to get up and keep going also leads to a boost in your confidence. One of the universal expectations at our school is to treat others with respect. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how long you’ve been training, or how fit you may or may not be. You respect your instructors, your fellow students, and yourself. An environment based on mutual respect allows you to feel comfortable being yourself. Finally, the process of learning something new is yet another pathway to increase self-confidence.
“Strength does not come from external performance, strength comes from internal belief.” ~Dolvett Quince