How to roadmap your child to happynes, health & success
Every parent wants the very best for their child(ren), and of course, every parent wants their child to be successful.
But what does success mean? How is it defined? This is an important question to ask because too often we define success only in monetary terms. But there is so much more than money. What about the most critical success, "emotional success" and well-being? All the money in the world is worthless if your child is depressed and unhappy.
Equally important is the success of being healthy and having a healthy lifestyle. Last but not least, we want our children to be socially successful and a likable person of character, honor, responsible, honest and equipped with perseverance.
1) Financial Success:
For financial success, we need to consider three points:
- education and academics
I am sure you do the best to give your child an excellent education, and in the information age, this might no longer be a problem. But what about mindset and environment?
When it comes to the mindset you want your child to be concentrated, focused, goal oriented, determined, committed and equipped with lots of perseverance. The education system does not really teach these skills and virtues. However, at Tokon Martial Arts those virtues are fostered, practiced and trained on a daily base. You know talking about it won't do it. So let's get the action going.
2) Emotional & well-being:
Traditional Karate is not only a great workout that will get endorphins going- the little happy makers of the body, but it will teach your child two other essentials that have been lost in the digital age:
- Being able to focus on one thing
- Learning to keep yourself busy and occupied without the constant need of outside entertainment
With TVs in restaurants and even at the gas pump, emails, and text messages 24/7 most of society can no longer focus on just one thing. Add Netflix, YouTube, and social media, you can see that not only is focus disappearing but people of all ages having a much harder time occupying themselves without the constant need of outside entertainment and consumption.
While we discussed under point #2 the emotional health we must also consider the health of the body. If you had to pick up an activity, wouldn’t you go for THE #1 activity that has it all - speed, agility, quickness, power, strength, endurance and flexibility?
That's not all because traditional Karate has more to offer when it comes to health. Its movements involve literally all muscles and joints in the body, and above all traditional martial arts can be trained into old age without any problems. At this point, you might already be convinced about the health benefits of karate but let me make one more point. Traditional Japanese martial arts is a TRUE full body workout.
While other full body workouts reduce the body to its shell- muscle, tendons, ligaments and cardiovascular system- traditional martial arts incorporates the mind and soul. Now that's what you can call a full body workout.
4) Social success:
Social success is not only crucial for one's own well-being and happiness but is also something that employers look for in a potential candidate. How can you find social success in a martial arts dojo?
Similar to any other sport or activity, as soon as you enter that world you automatically meet others that share the same passion and you will have a chance to draw new friends from your newfound community.
Believe me when I say that the friendships and bonds you gain through enduring physically and mentally challenging karate classes are much more profound than being someone's gym buddy. Since almost every city in America has a traditional martial arts school, you will always have a place to find friends if you ever move out of your town.
People like to surround themselves with confident people and high achievers. Those virtues are the primary focus points of the mental training of traditional karate. A student of martial arts will more likely express this aura and will attract others because of it.
5) Leadership and mentoring
Lastly, I have saved the most valuable point about social success for the end. Traditional Japanese Martial Arts incorporate a system of mentoring and being mentored within yourself. Every student of this art undergoes a constant process of being mentored that comes with listening skills and accepting critique as well as learning to mentor somebody else.
This is called the system of Kohai and Sempai. Not only does this system awaken a finer sense of empathy and social responsibilities but it also teaches a great deal of leadership and teamwork. Leadership, teamwork, and empathy are highly sought attributes that employers look for and are also skills that make an individual’s presence enjoyable to others.
If you are serious about outlining a path of success for your child consider traditional karate. Why chose another sport for your child when traditional martial arts provides wonderful benefits? At Tokon Martial Arts, not only will your child learn beneficial skills and virtues, but he or she will also learn self-defense that one day might save their life.
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