Martial Arts Students Get Better Grades
Posted: April 05, 2017
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, 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.
Martial Arts help with the development of a lot of skills that students need, so if your child is struggling with schoolwork, 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.
At Fraser Heights Black Belt Academy, we always say “A Black Belt is a White Belt that never gave up.” Each class your child takes is a step closer to achieving the ultimate goal in martial arts: becoming a Black Belt. This journey not only builds goal setting skills, but also becomes a lifelong source of pride and self-confidence, and will possibly define the kind of adult your child will become. So what are you waiting for? I want to personally invite you and your child to a free lesson, so you can have a first-hand experience and see what all the hype is about. Martial Arts changes lives and it can do the same for your child!