Children are physically strengthened through karate. Everyone who has seen a class of children hold push up positions or sidekicks on the wall knows this. Days, weeks and years of repeated squats, blocks and postures build strength and endurance. There is no doubt about that.
But karate also (and most importantly) builds strength and endurance of the mind. It’s not in the same way as the cranks, squats and sidekicks. But it’s something that comes to light when children work to get their black belt. Many parents say that the power of the mind that their children develop in karate is the most impressive benefit of the whole black belt journey.
This happens in the stages of knowledge. On the white belt, children learn very simple things: where to go on a mat, how to stand up straight, how to find a partner, how to introduce themselves to someone else and how to respect the authority of karate instructors. This level of martial arts training is an introduction to the discipline for children – but it is not overwhelming.
As curriculum knowledge builds on the white belt, the student’s mind takes on an increasing burden. Parents see this in standard belt tests: Not only do your children build the ability to do more push-ups; they build endurance to take on the burden of mental weight.
Black belt training is a system of collective, versatile strength building that helps children feel that they can withstand anything. If you think your child could benefit from such mental strength, call us or contact one of our schools and start the journey.