The Language of Martial Arts Leadership Part 2
Speaking the language of martial arts leadership in class – with terms like courtesy, integrity, and loyalty –gives parents many chances to teach children their own values too. For example, the use of mannerly terms like “yes sir,” “no ma’am,” “please,” and “thank you” inside and outside the classroom quickly turns courtesy into a positive, life-long habit. The ability to build character by shaping the attitudes and actions of students is extremely valuable.
Karate students learn to “walk the walk” and “talk the talk” of leaders as they advance in skill, rank, and belt color. By the time they earn Black Belts, many virtues have been explored and adopted. This process helps students frame positive worldviews and build self-esteem. There is simply no other sport or non-religious activity that has such a good influence on so many.
Martial arts schools often reward students for good behavior inside and outside the classroom. Positive reinforcement lets students know that their good deeds were noticed and appreciated. Praise and rewards encourage them to become second nature. By thinking, acting, and looking like leaders, students experience their lives with new confidence – Black Belt confidence. In time, most become motivated, capable, and self-reliant leaders!
Karate training offers students of all ages many benefits, but one of the best by far – especially among young people – is its ability to influence self-talk, actions, and outcomes. By teaching leadership skills with patience and purpose on a regular basis, martial arts students learn a language they will speak through all the journeys of their lives.