How Hard is Martial Arts Compared to Other Sports?
I got into a very interesting discussion the other day with a fellow school owner, and I wanted to share some insight as to what we discussed!
We were talking about why some kids/adults are good at martial arts while some struggle, even those with athletic backgrounds.
For one, martial arts utilize ALL parts of the body and requires many components to work.
For example, in the kickboxing style we teach, students learn how to utilize the art of boxing, kickboxing, muay thai, and taekwondo all into one system.
This is why at our academy it takes a minimum of 9+ years to achieve blackbelt.
Quite simply because there is so much material that we cover!
However, this shouldn’t be a discouragement to your kids it actually will teach them 3 very powerful lessons in life, something me and my friend discussed.
#2 Work Ethic
#3 Mental Resilience
Here’s a good chart that illustrates the learning curve typical of a combat sport based style (such as brazilian jiu jitsu, functional taekwondo, mixed martial arts, muay thai)
This chart in particular is for Functional Taekwondo Kickboxing grading system.
So as you can see, the hardest and the most difficult parts of training happens when you are just starting out!
And by hardest, it’s not that the material is super difficult, it’s just a matter of understanding how to use your body effectively. Once you’ve gone on to yellow, that means you’re starting to figure things out but there’s still a flat line in skills typically.
However, once you pass the 3 year mark, your skills are multiplied simply because you have the foundations first.
We are proud to say that we don’t give blackbelts in 2 years. (even though the vast majority of Taekwondo schools do that unfortunately).
We don’t teach kids how to “look cool” or do flashy gymnastic moves. Or do rehearsed patterns. Kids learn how to hit pads, spar, overcome challenges that will test them and transform them into a powerful individual.
We teach kids how to REALLY fight in a safe environment because at the end of the day that’s the very least martial arts should be able to teach your kids.
That being said, as soon as students realize that martial arts is a lifelong journey towards mastery, the more they realize that it can affect so many areas of their life as well.
One of the more disturbing traits growing up in this generation is lack of patience. Everyone wants thinks quick and easy, which as well all know is not the path to success.
As the old saying goes, “slow and steady wins the race”.
If you’re looking for a school that will empower your kids with the traits to become exceptional people and true martial artists, then feel free to get our two week trial (or share it with a friend) using this link:
Let me know if you have any questions!
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