Self-Discipline in Martial Arts – and in Life
In some cultures, children will sit still for hours because the particular situation requires that behavior. That displays the natural capability kids have once they understand what is appropriate and expected of them. There is a lot of motion in a young person’s life – lots to do, adventure, exploration, curiosity. Sometimes the body travels faster and quicker than their mind can rationalize and oversee. That’s why some active children can be clumsy, unfocused, and fidgety.
There is often a disconnect between their physical control and their environment.
Intellectually, they can be compromised as well. Focusing and following instructions clearly is difficult when one’s attention wonders. Schoolwork, household and personal responsibilities, and day to day activities will be compromised. This often leads to some repercussions or disappointment, and has the ability over time to make the child feel inadequate.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
The Positive Influence of Martial Arts
Children – (and most adults -) need guidance to develop self-discipline. Even if they understand good from bad, most children lack the discipline to fight urges or the consistent drive to reach their goals. Children are also easily distracted by obstacles which keep them from achieving their fullest potential. Motivation can be uneven and intermittent.
Tiger Schulmann’s proprietary mix of martial arts and teaching methods helps children achieve the self-discipline necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle and accomplish their goals.
Kids develop a non-quitting spirit and moral values which will help them succeed in every facet of their lives. Better grades at school, better behavior at home, healthier habits, and the confidence to achieve any goal they set their mind to. These are just a few proven benefits of Tiger Schulmann’s Martial Arts.
With safe martial arts training and positive reinforcement, Tiger Schulmann’s instructors teach children effective self-defense and instill the discipline needed for children to flourish and succeed in every aspect of their lives.
Connecting with Kids
The relationship between our martial arts instructors and their students is a very powerful one. It goes a step beyond the traditional interaction of a sports coach. A professional, experienced martial art instructor knows exactly how to push their individual students BOTH physically AND mentally. The mind / body interaction in martial arts is an aspect that separates it from other physical challenges, endeavors, and activities. The physical and mental aspects become one. The instructors at Tiger Schulmann are highly skilled in creating the atmosphere in which a disciplined practice can be implemented and sustained. There is more than just a class by class progression. This discipline is taught to be carried out through the entire day.
Self-awareness is an important aspect of self-discipline for children. Some kids ‘check out’ as a learned way to deal with things they are uncomfortable about. Some manifestations of this are behavior where the child:
• Avoids eye contact.
• Talks in a ‘fake’ voice.
• Has body language that is stiff or robotic, and unnatural.
Additionally, some behavioral issues that are in conflict with true self-discipline in kids are:
• Constant movement and fidgeting.
• Attempting to interrupt a class.
• Unaware of boundaries and current desired focus when talking.
• Trying to distract the other kids in a class.
• Calling attention to themselves by being silly or insubordinate.
• Needing to disconnect from a class – or leave the training space.
Some of this type of behavior is typical when a child is in a situation that is initially different or uncomfortable. Shyness and insecurity can also be a factor.
Our skilled instructors know how to evaluate a child’s personality and what needs to be done to get them to a place where these defense mechanisms – or learned behavior – are no longer displayed and needed. The young student must also realize that such behavior is not appropriate or effective in a martial art school – and be successfully redirected to connect with the class and students in a much better way.
Mind and Body in Martial Arts
At high levels of martial art practice, the participants may have similar physical skills and abilities, but the difference maker is their mental approach to the art. The disciplined mind sends signals of confidence that connect with and govern the body’s physical movement. There is no separation of each aspect – it is one and the same.
With the proper instruction and guidance, children can learn how to tap into internal power that they were not aware of. Training with focus and discipline are the keys to opening up a new world of untapped possibilities.
The Senior Student’s Discipline Influence by Example
In many situations – sports teams and other performance driven endeavors – the example set by leaders in that particular situation is an important part of influence for the new or younger participants. That is also very true in martial arts training.
Senior students clearly set the example as to what is the appropriate way to carry oneself, how to train, and how to interact with others. In martial arts, it is expected that established students and those with higher rank have this role. They should always remember how they were when they started, and how guidance from fellow students has had an important positive role in their own progress, growth, and advancement.
It is part of martial art training for the senior students to give back to the newer ones. They become clear role models for every aspect of the art – from their ‘presence’ at the training facility, to their display of physical execution and ability.
At some point, the new student will become eventually a senior one, and be driven and expected to embrace that role and carry on the tradition that is essential in a martial art school.
The Disciplined Physical and Mental Experience
Every martial art student starts when THEY start. It is different for everyone. There are challenges and benefits at every age.
For kids, this first step is the start of a new journey – one where they are encouraged, and guided, and pushed to achieve their potential. Discipline is one of the most important components – in martial arts and in life. A positive way that provides the focus necessary to accomplish things far beyond what could otherwise be done.
Tiger Shulmann’s can be the initial introduction of strong self-discipline for young adult as they commence their journey into both martial arts AND adolescence and adulthood.
A positive difference-maker for disciplined accomplishments in their martial arts practice – and in life.