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Martial Arts Students Get Better Grades!

This article explains how martial arts training frequently leads to high marks, good grades, and more opportunities in school by developing character traits such as self-control, self-esteem, courtesy, and respect for others. Martial arts training and educational training share a very important goal: to inspire attitudes and actions that turn students into motivated, confident, capable, and self-reliant leaders. Karate students typically become confident, capable, and self-reliant leaders as their training progresses. They develop helpful values and skills over time through continual practice. By showing respect to their teachers and classmates, learning to listen and respond properly, and being “open” to learning new things, their improved attitudes and actions make them better students – with higher grades – and more capable leaders.

  • Self-control is a vital trait both in school and in martial arts. In school, a student must pay attention to the teacher and not be distracted to learn the day’s lessons. Focus and concentration are vital to achievement in karate. Students practice tuning out distractions, working under pressure, and focusing on the immediate activity. Practice gradually becomes habit, carrying over into other settings – especially the classroom.
  • Self-esteem is improved through the process of (1) setting and reaching goals and (2) earning rewards for the work that achieved them. In school, a goal might be to read a book chapter by a deadline, rewarded by a good grade on a test of that material. In karate, the goal might be learning a series of moves, rewarded by a belt stripe, uniform star, or higher rank. Students work toward large goals by setting smaller goals that build upon each other, just as knowledge is acquired in school.
  • Courtesy shows respect, care, thankfulness, and humility. Speaking and acting with courtesy builds a sense of community. It’s shown in school by obeying the teacher, completing assignments, and helping classmates. Martial arts students show respect by bowing, applauding peers, following commands, and thanking parents as class ends.

Martial Arts helps with the development of a lot of skills that students need, so if your child is struggling with school work, you might want to consider registering him/her for karate classes.

1. Being prepared leads to success

Benjamin Franklin said “by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. Much of academic success hinges on being prepared and organized.  Karate teaches kids that they always need to be prepared. For example, when they’re getting to spar, they know they need to stay in fighting stance and stay on their bounce so they can explode into action when they need to. Kids who train in karate carry this trait over to their school work.

2. Rigorous academics require discipline

A good student is one who understands that life is not a free-for-all, where they can just do what they want when they want. Good students do their homework even when their favorite show is on TV. In order to get good grades, they must complete their homework, turn it in on time, and study and prepare for tests. The trait necessary for achieving all these is discipline. Karate helps to develop this discipline because it helps students learn structure, order and most importantly, how to have self-control.

3. Good students have to be able to focus

With all the opportunities and channels of entertainment available to today’s kids it can get difficult to focus. But in order to cope with rigorous schoolwork, students must learn how to listen to the teachers and not get distracted by their surroundings. Karate can help your child to develop this very important character trait; focus and concentration. When in karate class, they learn to shut out distractions, whether they’re external (classmates playing around) or internal (negative thoughts and doubts).

4. Setting and achieving goals is very important

Success comes from achieving a series of smaller goals which ultimately culminates in the accomplishment of larger goals. In school, this could mean finishing an essay on time or reading a few chapters ahead of the class. In karate, it means passing an evaluation and earning a new belt. As a karate student, your child learns to enjoy the satisfaction of accomplishing goals and this will spur them to seek out opportunities to replicate in school and at home



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