Is your child hesitant to try new things?

Children can view new experiences as exciting challenges – or as insurmountable barriers. It’s all in the attitude.

The fear of failure is a powerful deterrent to trying new things and gaining new skills. It contributes to feelings of low self-esteem. It is a negative barrier that must be overcome in a positive way.

If a child is easily overwhelmed, it’s important to introduce new concepts and experiences step by step.

That is a component of martial arts, building skills layer by layer. It is a gradual process of reinforcement until they reach the ultimate goal of becoming a black belt.

Along the way, they learn another vital skill, perhaps one more important than the kicks and punches.

They learn that they can tackle a new challenge – and succeed. It is a skill that will take them far in martial arts – and in life as well.