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How karate helps in increasing self confidence in any child

By Shotokan Karate Leadership School in Santa Rosa, CA

The roots of Karate date back to ancient Japan, possibly as early as the 14th Century by some accounts. Today, this martial art is popular all across the world and has many adherents and new trainees joining up all the time. It is especially popular among adolescents and children. With training split into various levels via the ‘belt’ system. Learners can progress at their own pace and only need to advance to the next belt when they are ready to continue their training. While easy to learn, true mastery requires dedication and a long term commitment. While often touted as a means of unarmed combat or self defense, this Japanese martial art is also an effective way to make your children into capable, confident, patient and introspective individuals.

To greater heights

The increase in self confidence means that children can more readily trust in themselves and their abilities. To start the process, it is important to note the child’s emotional, physical and mental maturity. Pushing oneself during training is an important way to naturally extend and expand the capabilities of the learner over a period of time. Karate, like other martial art forms, focus heavily on a regimen of self-improvement; not simply of the body, but of the spirit and mind as well. Training is an enjoyable, natural and reliable method to gain self confidence and the ability to focus on goals.

Increasing Confidence

Advance in life

Learning karate means progression from a level to its next and more advanced level. The level of learning is shown by the change in belt colors from the first level white to the last black level. Each rank involves learning multiple moves which increase in complexity. Self-confidence in a child is increased in a number of ways.


  • A sense of accomplishment is achieved when your child successfully passes a skill test.Karate Helps Self Confidence
  • The art of sparring develops strategy and also tests it. Endurance, agility and speed are polished with practice. 
  • Your child will be motivated with positive feedback as he or she improves.
  • An important milestone in karate is ascending to next level and thus belt color. This further improves the confidence in your child
  • Karate will teach your child on how to manage bullies and also how to defend themselves. They will be safer too. 

Your children will know their limits and will have the determination to strive for greater results and improve their abilities. They will enjoy a positive attitude and have a heightened ability to identify and focus on their own goals. Your children will learn to be patient. These teachings will help them adapt and thrive whenever they encounter setbacks and problems later in life. 

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