Building Confidence & Resilience One Bow At A Time.

Childrens Sparring“Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage and confidence in the doing…”

I ran across this quote this morning and it reminded me so much on how training in Taekwondo is so conducive in building self confidence and resilience, just through the act of doing.

As a Taekwondo Student – we are building confidence and resilience every time we show up to class, just bowing and stepping onto the dojang mat takes tremendous courage and every time we do it, we intrinsically develop a stronger sense of resilience and confidence, whether we realize it or not.

As a Taekwondo Instructor – I still get butterflies every time I get ready to teach a class. And every time before I step on the mat I take a deep, focused breath, execute a respectful bow and as soon as I take a step on the mat the butterflies go away and 100% of my focus shifts to doing, giving and teaching at my very best.

This is exactly how Taekwondo training builds confidence and resilience. If you are a parent, you’ve probably experienced those same butterflies when you’ve been asked to give an important presentation or approach your boss for an important assignment, raise or maybe to call on an important client.

By training in Taekwondo, students quickly realize that they can handle most anything that comes their way, because they expose themselves in class to challenging situations that encourage and push them to perform at their very best. They in turn are building or “conditioning” their confidence, making it stronger and more resilient with every class.

This is also why Olympic Sparring is such a great tool for building resilience and confidence in children. Nowhere else can you find something that builds these values in a safe, fun, friendly environment and at the same time encourages them to be 100% in the moment.

Whether it is through their Taekwondo classes or participating in Olympic Sparring, every time a student steps on the mat, they are building confidence and a stronger more resilient version of themselves…

One bow at a time.

By: Master Tim Bell


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