It’s a tough idea to process, because in essence commitment is so abstract. It’s different than a ball and chain, partly because it doesn’t carry the negative connotation; we commit to something, ideally, because it’s worthwhile, because it’s something we want and it’s something that will do us good, make us happy.
Martial arts helps teach kids about commitment in a way because it makes commitment concrete. Stripes on a white belt, advancement to gold belt, entrance into the Leadership program, tournament trophies, and ultimately earning a 1st degree black belt are solid, tangible signs of commitment. These are things karate students claim as their own, victories arising from their will to commit.
Parents can make commitment more plausible (and even enjoyable) for kids at home in the same way, that is, through tangible rewards or ways of charting progress toward a goal. For instance:
Commitment to keeping room clean for a week. Make a chart with each day and a check box, with the end goal being ice cream at their favorite spot.
Try this approach with any activity you want your kids to embrace, including increasing their push up count or learning their belt-level karate curriculum. This way your kids see their progress and literally enjoy the rewards.
If you’re here for the first time and wondering how black belt training brings commitment to life, please visit karatespecial.com to get your black belt journey started.