And just like that, Halloween and the first two months of the brand new school year are over. The challenges this academic year will bring for your child – new school, different teacher, academic trouble, changing social group, bullying, time management – are becoming more apparent. So, the question becomes how can you give your child the skills to face and conquer these obstacles? Tutor? Workbooks? Extra reading? Playdates? OT? The answer: martial arts.
The latest trends in educational research reveal what a child brings to the classroom matters just as much as what the classroom can offer them. Mindset and attitude are the greatest predictors of success. That’s right, mindset and attitude. Building and fostering both are the foundation of what we do here at DHAC Martial Arts. We often ask our students what words, beginning with the letter “L”, embody what they do at karate. As you might imagine the chorus of response usually begins with listen and learn. Listening skills, gaining the ability to focus without distraction, and the self-discipline it takes to do this, are a staple of martial arts training. Beyond the how-to of punches, kicks, techniques, and forms, our students learn to take a hit both physically and emotionally. They learn the resiliency and commitment it will take to face challenges outside the walls of the studio. In a culture more and more defined by instant gratification and participation trophies, the value of earning what you learn and the sense of pride and accomplishment gained in doing so are often lost. Our students discover the joy of and love for the journey persistence and hard work creates. They learn it is okay to fail, and how even failure can be a positive thing. They learn to dare to make mistakes, to stand up for themselves, and to do what is necessary to help themselves succeed in any situation. So, when we push them to think a bit further on those “L” words, we get laugh, loyalty, inevitably a left hook or two, but we always land on love – most importantly, the love for oneself. This love gives the self-confidence to attack any challenge with the mindset and attitude to be successful.
To learn more about our Martial Arts programs at Dedham Health, visit our website, here.
We look forward to seeing you or your child in our Martial Arts studio.
-Cynthia Saul, Assistant Director of DHAC Martial Arts