Black Belt Discipline: How Karate Helps Kids Develop the Will to Work Hard

What does having discipline mean to you? Discipline essentially means being able to manage one’s own behavior. Angry? You can tame it. Scared? You can harness your courage. Confused? You can find a place of calm and listen to leaders for an answer.

Healthychildren.org has a helpful list of ways to help children develop self-discipline, and you’ll find many analogies to the most disciplined sets of people worldwide.

Think of a troop of marines, standing at attention. Or firefighters packing their safety gear. Paramedics responding to a call. Or any person in these fields of service eating right, exercising, turning the light out at night to get their sleep. These are behaviors every parent wants for their kids.

It’s similar with a fleet of black belts. The training to become a black belt involves disciplines that build character in kids, including:

  • Listening to instructors (leaders)
  • Preparing for class
  • Preparing for tests
  • Speaking with respect to adults and peers
  • Becoming more physically fit
  • Becoming more mentally fit
  • Summoning courage to face unforeseen challenges

Especially for kids, earning a black belt means learning to enjoy the rewards of self-discipline. This is what black belt training is all about.

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