There is a pretty substantial list of benefits connected to learning martial arts. On this list is confidence, in my opinion it could be one of the most important of all. When we made the decision to open this gym, we knew that it would be much more than a martial arts academy. Bringing the unparalleled character building traits that come along with learning martial arts to Danville, PA was one of our main goals. Confidence is key and martial arts can help you get it.
Confidence, perception or reality?
What exactly is confidence? What does it mean and how do you get it? In my opinion, there are two types of confidence, real true confidence and a false perception of it. It’s important that we develop the first of the two, the real kind. In my own life, I didn’t recognize the difference in the two until I began my training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. When you begin learning and realizing the true effectiveness of a martial art like BJJ, it’s hard to ignore the positive effects on your level of confidence. False confidence can come from very shallow and trivial things like monetary possessions. Fancy cars, big houses, and designer clothing all fit in that category. Martial arts give you skills. These skills are empowering and effective. These are the very first steps in building your true confidence.
Building a strong mind, building a strong foundation.
When you just start out with new physical activity, it can be tough and challenging. This is also the case with martial arts. Your first few weeks are very hard indeed. Sticking it out through those first weeks alone will propel you onto a fast track for building some serious confidence. Anytime we are able to face adversity and conquer it, we are growing. The important thing here is the growth in confidence.
“A feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities”
This is how the word Confidence is defined by Google. What better way to feel self-assurance and appreciation of your own abilities, than to build your skills? We are doing it both mentally and physically. The mental part is about learning new things and working through those uncomfortable moments in the learning process.
But why martial arts?
There are many ways you can build confidence. What exactly sets martial arts apart from other methods? The answer to this question lies in the self-defense. Jiu Jitsu and other forms of martial arts not only give you the tools to gain confidence through learning and expanding your mind, they also give you the physical tools to defend yourself.
The confidence factor in self-preservation.
It’s easy to feel powerless when you fall into a situation where you are being attacked. This is the point in many violent encounters. The attacker is enacting their desire for control by violently acting on you. If we are able to stand up and take that false feeling of power away from an attacker, we have done something truly amazing. This is not power, it is empowerment. There is a difference and that difference comes from confidence. That confidence comes from the skills acquired in your martial arts training.
The key is an effective martial arts system
So, there is one point that I feel needs to be addressed. This is the fact that not all martial arts systems are created equal. It is very important to find a system of self-defense that works for you, your personality, and your physical build. An overly aggressive self-defense system may very quickly have you feeling like you are unable to perform what’s being asked of you. This is why you need to find something that gives you all of the mental growth and an efficient and effective set of skills to defend yourself.
Big mind but small stature
I may be a bit partial to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but I feel it’s for good reason. Jiu Jitsu was literally developed for the purpose of giving a small person the skills to effectively defend themselves. I have to say that it definitely holds up to its original motive. By using leverage, gravity, and control Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has made it easy to defend yourself with the technical skills as well as the mental growth that we have been talking about. Now it may not be for everyone, so I would suggest you take the time to try out a couple different types of martial arts to see what’s best for you.
Confidence spills over and it’s a good thing
There is no denying that when you build some real confidence for yourself it shows. The people around you will notice as you start to walk with your head a little bit higher, your shoulders broad, and your posture tall. It will show in your daily life as your tendency to speak up grows and as your decision-making process becomes much quicker and purposeful. This, ladies and gentlemen, is real, true, undeniable, empowering, self-confidence. Martial arts, who would have known it could do so much for your mental growth and your life in general?
Grab the tools and get building
Now that you know the secrets to building confidence by way of martial arts, get out there and get building. You can find everything you need to do so at a local martial arts academy just like this one. Danville, PA is where we have chosen to open shop and provide this confidence building service to our community. But no matter where you are, I am sure there is an amazing martial arts academy someplace close. Open a laptop, pick up your phone, keep your eyes open while strolling through your neighborhood, and find yourself a great place to start the process. This is how you build confidence with martial arts.