June 15, 2024

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Martial Arts and Self-Esteem

When most people think about martial arts and self-esteem, they probably think about the benefits for children. It is true that children do show increased self esteem when they train martial arts, but it is also true that adults can experience the same effects. Training martial arts can increase self-esteem in many ways for many people.



Training martial arts can help you overcome mental obstacles – including self-doubt and a lack of confidence. As you progress through the different levels, you will soon be able to conquer self-doubt and other overwhelming feelings as you start to build mental awareness of your mind/body connection. Becoming physically able to reach a goal is connected with your mental ability to take your body where you want it to go.


Martial arts help you build your self-esteem because you get to move at your own pace and succeed individually. Earning belts will give you a sense of accomplishment. They also teach you how to set goals and give you the confidence to reach these goals. Martial arts also teach self-respect and respect for others and give you the sense of relief that you will be able to defend yourself if you need to. Having these skills will give you an all-around confidence in yourself and your abilities.


Your physical abilities are also tied to your self-esteem. You will also feel fit and notice an increase in your strength. Feeling good about yourself physically will also carry over into other parts of your life – you will start feeling good about yourself as a whole. In addition to that, your increased coordination will help you do well in other areas as well, whether you choose to take part in another sport or even if you want to coach your child’s sports team.



The benefits of increased self-esteem for children are almost endless. Children with high self-esteem do well in school, are less likely to take drugs and are more likely to stay out of trouble. Training martial arts will also teach children how to maximize their potential by setting and reaching goals and by giving them the confidence to be persistent and to be positive role models for their peers.


Many adults could also use a boost of self-esteem. This boost can help them do well in their jobs, to be more relaxed at home and to be able to take more healthy risks. Adults with high self esteem are able to maximize their potential by setting and meeting goals and by being persistent. They are also more likely to take on leadership roles whether on the job or in volunteer opportunities.

Of course, one of the key components to being able to build your self-esteem (or your child’s) is to find a great instructor at a great school. Instructors need to be ready to give guidance and positive reinforcement while they nurture their students and guide them through their programs. Why not give it a try? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.


Robert Jones
Master Instructor
6th Degree Black Belt
Owner, the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts