One of the best things about martial arts for children is that every child has an opportunity to be a winner. Notice I didn’t say that every child automatically gets to be a winner. Certainly not, our testing standards are quite high and we require that each student put forth his or her best effort before we award them their stripes/belts.
However, their success or failure has nothing to do with height, athleticism, speed, etc. (although martial arts training can certainly help to develop athletic attributes). It also has nothing to do with competition between teammates for a starting spot on the field.
Not that I don’t like team sports, in fact our dojo is very proud to sponsor several teams in the Lutherville Timonium Rec Council Leagues. However, martial arts provide certain benefits that may not always be found in team sports (and these sports also offer some unique benefits of their own).
In order to pass one of our tests, the student must put forth his or her best effort. If he or she makes a critical error, they get to go home, practice, and retake the test.
I believe that this teaches them an important lesson. It isn’t always realistic to get things right on the first try, or to win every time you go out. In life, we generally DON’T get things right on the first try. But as long as we never give up, we will succeed.
If you are interested in taking a challenge and working to become a winner, MD Martial Arts Academy might be for you. For more information, contact us today.