Martial Arts and Creating Good Habits
Martial Arts and Creating Good Habits
Habits can be the foundation for success or failure. Just like a house, if the foundation is strong then you will have a long-standing house that only needs maintenance from time to time.
However, if the foundation is weak then you will be fixing a lot of major problems that will never seem to end. The entire house will be weak, you’ll start seeing cracks everywhere, your plumbing will fail, and before you know it, your ceiling will cave in due to leaky pipes.
Then it’s back to fixing that ‘broke house’… again.
Are Your Habits Serving You Well?
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglass
We all have habits, but we need to examine them from time to time and see if they’re serving us well or not. Habits, positive or negative, all have a commonality. Each is deeply rooted in a routine. Having a routine is what ultimately creates a habit, and leads to success.
Don’t let the word success trick you in this context. Positive habits lead to success, with some failures along the way but those failures are not because of the great habits. Poor habits however will definitely give you success at accomplishing nothing.
Some bad habits can be truly self-destructive and that’s where the Frederick Douglass quote comes in. That’s why it’s so important to start building habits early and if you have children to help them create strong healthy habits that will better serve them as they grow older.
How to Start Creating Good Habits?
If I were to examine myself and take a personal inventory of the things that needed improvement in my life I may find that I lack a positive and/or healthy routine in some area of my life. Example: In order to create a healthy eating lifestyle I must first start small. You aren’t going to be able to overhaul your entire menu overnight, but you can start by drinking a tall glass of water first thing in the morning right out of bed. It’s a micro improvement that can yield bigger results later.
This is a great habit to get into as it will start your day off right. Once you get that going and you’ve done so for a week, then see if you can make it a second week and so on and so forth.
Martial Arts are Great for Creating Good Habits
Martial arts really shines when it comes to creating good habits because everything we do is rooted in micro habits that lead to bigger more positive results. Not just with our training but everything we do outside of the dojo.
Parents love this part of our program because we believe there is no wasted movement in our system and that everything down to the way we sit in class is done with intention.
When children, especially, are taught this early on parents notice, what seems to be, an immediate and noticeable improvement in various things children do.
I can’t tell you how many times a mom has come up to me and said, “After just 2 weeks we’ve noticed that Johnny has started to pick up his room on his own and it’s because of the things he’s learning at the dojo. Thank you!”
When we hear things like that it just makes up feel good.
Adults Need Good Habits Too
Now, creating good habits isn’t just for kids though. It’s very much an adult thing that could 100% also affect others. The positive improvement you make will also have huge impact on those around you, like your children. Kids love to mimic and we might as well give them wonderful positive things to copy. They see everything and there’s no getting things past them…kids are too smart.
You see everyone benefits. As adults, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle of life. We feel this incredible pressure to get things done and we lose sight of thing things we need to do to be sure we are operating at our best and not self-sabotaging ourselves with negative things.
This is another reason martial arts is so great for adults too. It’s an outlet of positive energy that gets your mind back on the priority…YOU.
Why Should You Choose Us?
The Budo Shingikan Dojo is very much a person success academy. We focus on all areas of life that impact mind, body, and spirt… AND, you learn very cool martial art moves in the process.
You can’t go wrong.
If you’ve always wanted to try martial arts, then now is a great time to start. You’ll learn self-defense, gain confidence, and create positive habits that will yield HUGE results for you.
What good habit would you like to start? Take some personal inventory of the areas that you feel need some improvement. Don’t be shy. That’s how progress is made and then get in touch with us so we can help you reach your goals.
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