Today, we hear a lot about a child’s self-esteem. Unfortunately, experts don’t understand real confidence. Case in point, athletic programs are structured, so there are no “losers.” School curriculums are designed so that no one is “left behind.” In a somewhat misguided approach, people try to give kids self-confidence. The reality is that children need to find it on their own. Esteem needs to stem from confidence in real abilities. When your child takes Tae Kwon Do classes at Vortexic, they build self-confidence the right way.
According to the dictionary, the definition of confidence is the “belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities.”
It does not matter how many times you tell a child they are a great baseball player, or even how many participation trophies they own. They know whether or not they strike out each time they go to bat. They KNOW when they are good at what they do.
In Tae Kwon Do, students progress in rank after mastering their techniques. Your child is not competing against others, only with themselves. As they progress, they know without a doubt that they have earned those belts.
They believe they can do it – because they KNOW they can do it.
Building Self-Confidence With Tae Kwon Do
According to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, confidence and integrity walk hand in hand.
“Confidence… thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them, it cannot live.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt
According to this, honesty, honor, and self-discipline are important to self-confidence. All of these things are crucial to a Martial Artist. Tae Kwon Do teaches children to honor their word, in all circumstances. They are taught to be respectful and trustworthy. Knowing that they are the sort of person others trust, it builds their self-esteem. Progress in rank involves proven character traits as well as physical prowess.
Once again, they gain confidence built on real accomplishments, not manufactured situations.
Tae Kwon Do Creates Leaders Instead of Followers
Confidence builds leaders. Studies have shown that students of the martial arts gain confidence, while they learn to defend themselves. Those that have problems being bullied find a new sense of courage as they learn to resolve conflicts, and when necessary, to protect themselves from harm. As many as two-thirds of children being bullied cease to have a problem by the time they reached black belt status.
Tae Kwon Do doesn’t just help those being bullied. It’s been shown that bullies themselves lack self-esteem; therefore, they need to pick on others to feel better about themselves. If your child has a tendency to pick on others, Vortexic Martial Arts addresses those character traits. As they learn to feel confident and take pride in their integrity, their need for bullying ceases.
Come and sit through one of our classes. We would love to sit down and discuss our curriculum. Let us show you how we can help your child find their own self-confidence.