Perseverance in the Martial Arts
The study of martial arts encompasses many things – some physical and some mental.
The physical side is apparent to anyone who has watched a martial arts movie, seen a class, or watched a UFC fight on TV. Kicks and punches and throws and all sorts of holds.
The mental side of martial arts is less apparent, but there are many aspects to studying martial arts that are purely for the improvement of the individual spirit, honing the mind in the same way we train our body.
Martial arts have various tenets that all the participants strive to follow – courtesy, integrity, self-control, perseverance, and indomitable spirit are commonly shared by many systems in several countries.
Today I want to discuss the idea of perseverance and why it is critical to success – success in martial arts for sure, but also a transferable trait that will help in life.
Perseverance is defined as “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success”. It is synonymous with tenacity, persistence, and determination.
In martial arts we strive to have steady persistence in a course of action especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. This is played out in the pursuit of belt ranks, for example, which can take months to accomplish due to the number of techniques required as well as the ability to correctly perform the movements.
Perseverance can be shown in many ways – doing dozens of repetitions of techniques in order to gain the skill needed for the next belt, sticking with class even when it is hard, continuing training after an injury, or staying in class long enough to attain black belt.
And for parents, it can sometimes be making the kids go to class when they don’t want to go – because YOU want them to go and achieve the benefits of training.
Perseverance will allow people to attain things that others cannot!
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