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Karate Teaches Adults and Kids Success in Life .. Step-by-Step.

Success in martial arts is one thing, but success in life is where a black belt truly shines.  Kicking, punching, blocking, etc. are all great for learning self-defense, staying fit, etc., but life lessons are the most important things to be taught.  To any part of life, there is a 6-step process.  Tiger Rock Martial Arts in Lawrenceville trains students constantly about this step-by-step system to achieving success in any arena, whether it be martial arts, academics, business, relationships, or even video games!  Here is what Tiger Rock Martial Arts teaches:

Step 1 — Set a goal.  Be specific about what you are trying to achieve.  Don’t just say, “I want to make a lot of money.”  Define it.  One person could make $250,000/yr, and the other could make $250million/yr.  Both can say that they “make a lot of money,” but their goals are very different.

Step 2 — Start small.  Realize, just like starting off with a white belt in martial arts, you must begin every journey toward your goal at the beginning.  An entry level teacher doesn’t get paid the same as the superintendent, and athletes don’t start off in the NBA, NFL, MLB, etc. when it’s their first time ever playing the sport!

Step 3 — Make a move that counts.  At some point, you have to do something above the ordinary routine if you are going to get noticed and begin making a name for yourself.  In martial arts, this may be testing, or competing, etc.  In life, this may be taking on additional responsibilities, sending someone flowers, or volunteering to lead a company event.

Step 4 — Stop and analyze.  After you make a move that counts, it will give you a result.  Maybe that result is something you wanted, or maybe that result is something that you didn’t want.  Perhaps you impressed your boss, or perhaps your idea disappointed your boss.  Perhaps you did well in competition, or perhaps you were easily defeated.  Regardless of the result, learn from it.  If you don’t stop an analyze, then you won’t know if it is a good idea to repeat what you did, or to go in a different direction.

Step 5 — Don’t get lazy!  Honestly, I think this is where most people fail in their journeys.  Once they analyze and figure out what they need to do, their next thought is often, “And I will get to that later.”  It’s surprising how often people figure out the secret to achievement and accomplishment, and then think to themselves, “Now that I know what to do, I will get around to doing it later.”  People feel a sense of satusfaction when they discover something, or figure something out.  However, this feeling is not to be confused with accomplishment.  If I tell you right now what tomorrow’s lottery numbers will be, you may feel comfortable knowing what they are, but you still have to take action and go buy a lottery ticket if you want to gain from that knowledge.

Step 6 — Go for it!  Once all the other factors are in place, and you have done the other steps successfully, it is time to reach for that goal.  Ask for that raise, apply for that new position, ask the love of your life to marry you!!

This is the basic system for success, and can be applied anywhere.  In addition, the students at Tiger Rock Martial Arts are taught a bonus step to super-success, which will be shared later.

 

About Cliff Mostiler:  Cliff is a sixth-degree black belt and master instructor.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, and Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.  In addition, Cliff has is Juris Doctorate of Law as an attorney, and is also a licensed realtor.  Cliff believes heavily in education, and the options and opportunities that education provides.  He has pursued teaching martial arts as his passion for over 20 years, and continues to serve his community every day.  If asked, Cliff will say, “I am a personal life coach for kids and adults.  I use martial arts as the tool to teach them, but this is far less about blocking, kicking, and punching, and far more about training for a successful life.” 

For more about Tiger Rock Martial Arts, go to www.tigerrockatlanta.com

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Martial Arts Teaches The 3 Steps to Development

In any situation, from mathematics to reading, from baseball to checkers, or from video games to martial arts, there are three steps to development:

  • Step 1:  Learn — We have to learn something before we can get better.  Often, people will attempt to dive right into something without first analyzing it and gathering knowledge about it.  And almost 100% of the time, those people fail.  Imagine knowing nothing about car engines whatsoever, but trying to repair one.  Chances of success are almost zero.  First, we have to learn about what we are doing.

 

  • Step 2:  Improve — Once we learn something, our next step is to improve.  Many people think learned = done, but that is far from true.  Success isn’t completed in the learn phase … it requires significant improvement first.  Suppose professional athletes went to one practice in the beginning of their childhood, learned the game, then never practiced again.  Or imagine a medical student attending one class on removing a tumor, then immediately attempting that procedure on a living person.  No one reaches success without improvement, and no one stays at the top without continuously improving their profession.

 

  • Step 3:  Perfect — Ultimately, in any situation, the goal is perfection.  Sometimes, that goal is unattainable, and is simply a fictional target that we need to continue working towards.  For example, imagine an Olympic runner in the 100 meter dash.  Technically, perfection would be to reach run the 100 meters in 0.00 seconds, which is obviously impossible.  However, world records are constantly set and constantly broken.  Runners keep getting faster, striving towards perfection, even though it cannot be reached.  On the other hand, sometimes perfection is achievable, such as taking a test at school.  On a test, you can score a perfect 100, and hence that needs to be your goal.  Always make your goal perfection.  To try to score a 100 on a test, and end up getting a 94 is still a good thing.  But to set a goal to get a 94 on a test means that you have already planned to miss certain answers.  Setting a lower bar isn’t the answer to success.  Set your bar at the top, and then see how close you can come to reaching it.

So ask yourself, “Where would you like to grow and develop in your life?”  Then, follow these steps.

 

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About Cliff Mostiler:  Cliff is a sixth-degree black belt and master instructor.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.  In addition, Cliff has is Juris Doctorate of Law as an attorney, and is also a licensed realtor.  Cliff believes heavily in education, and the options and opportunities that education provides.  He has pursued teaching martial arts as his passion for over 20 years, and continues to serve his community every day.  If asked, Cliff will say, “I am a personal life coach for kids and adults.  I use martial arts as the tool to teach them, but this is far less about blocking, kicking, and punching, and far more about training for a successful life.  I train champions everyday, but their skills in martial arts are simply a side-note to what they achieve in their lives.”

For more about Tiger Rock Martial Arts, go to www.tigerrockatlanta.com

Karate Can Help Build a Kid’s Self-Esteem

Karate is an ancient martial arts style that was developed in the Ryukyu Islands in Japan. It grew into one of the most popular forms of martial arts worldwide several decades ago and still continues to be a favorite, especially with children. Along with teaching your kid self-defense and performance skills, it can help build your child’s self-esteem in the early formative years.

Karate and self-esteem

Self-esteem is the idea or “picture” we have of ourselves – who we are, what we’re capable of, and what we can be. It is built over time as we get to know ourselves through experience and feedback. It needs to be nurtured from a very young age for a kid to be able to grow into an adult who believes in himself or herself. Parents should take steps to ensure their children develop a positive self-image and self-respect. One of the most fun and effective ways to help children – even pre-schoolers – to develop a healthy level of self-esteem is through challenge and achievement in a structured physical and mental activity such as martial arts.

Karate has levels or ranks represented by belts of various colors and other uniform insignia. Each rank typically has a number of moves that must be learned to proceed to the next level. Forms (movement patterns) challenge students to memorize a sequence of techniques, targets, and direction changes at each rank. Free sparring or controlled combat against similarly-sized training partners (as well as seniors and teachers) helps students to fine-tune motor skills, reflexes, and strategic thinking.

This process of learning, practicing, competing with, and showcasing karate skills – starting at an early age – can have a tremendously positive effect on the self-esteem of practitioners.

  • Testing and advancing through ranks can be a memorable, confidence-boosting ‘personal victory’.
  • Praise and attention from instructors helps them feel good about themselves and their abilities to learn and achieve.
  • Not advancing in rank following an unsatisfactory testing performance (i.e. receiving a “no change”) encourages children to try harder and work to reach goals.
  • Scoring points or winning a free sparring bout gives students a sense of security and self- protection.
  • A properly executed form reinforces the self-esteem gained from incremental learning.

All this eventually leads to a better self-image and a positive attitude that endures throughout childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood.

Other benefits of karate for pre-schoolers and older kids

Besides helping build self-esteem and self-defense skills, karate can help nurture “tiny tots” in a number of other ways to help them become healthy, self-reliant, and responsible young people. Martial arts practitioners are known to improve these traits and others:

  • Discipline
  • Confidence
  • Physical fitness
  • Teamwork
  • Listening
  • Respect

Despite the popular misconception and hype portrayed in popular cinema, the martial arts are not strictly about violence. In fact, most martial artists learn to restrain their tempers and refrain from unleashing their powerful physical skills. Rather, martial arts offer a treasure trove of life lessons and tangible benefits for most students that reach far beyond the training facility to improve the lives of those who train and the lives of those around them.

Improve Your Child’s Self-Confidence with Karate

Karate is an ancient Japanese martial arts form that became popular worldwide during the 1960s, and today for the vast majority of non-martial artists, “karate” is synonymous with “martial arts.” It continues to be a popular discipline across the globe, especially among children and adolescents. Unlike some styles, karate is easy to teach and learn in segments that are age and fitness level appropriate. It’s also a powerful way to guide your kids into becoming confident, caring, and capable individuals.

Karate to boost self-confidence

Self-confidence is the ability to trust yourself and your abilities. For that, you need to first know what you are capable of physically, mentally, and emotionally. To know this, it is essential that you push your limits on a regular basis to see how much you can take. Pushing yourself just a little bit more each workout is the key to extending and expanding your capabilities over time. Since karate and some related martial art forms are essentially about self-improvement of mind, body, and spirit, training is a natural, reliable, and enjoyable way to gain self-confidence.

You can train your kids to practice pushing their limits from a young age, so they learn to give their best in every life situation. Get them started young, in their pre-school years if possible, to reap maximum benefits of karate. These early, formative years are important times for developing bodies and minds. Parents appreciate the physical fitness, good manners, and new friendships formed by their children being in karate.

Karate involves progression from one level to the next, each level corresponding to various
belt colors going from white to black. Each successive rank includes a number of simple and complex moves that must be learned and properly performed, with tests to be passed, to be graduated in rank and belt color. Classes also include free sparring in protective safety gear with peers and seniors to develop students’ self-defense skills.

Karate classes can help children know themselves better and build their self-confidence in many ways.

  • Passing a skill test gives a sense of accomplishment.
  • Sparring develops and tests strategy, speed, agility, and endurance.
  • Praise and positive feedback – and continual progress in the martial arts skills, visible in
    each student’s moves and techniques over time – are motivating results!
  • Getting to the next level and belt color can be a major milestone.
  • It can be a major tool against bullying, helping your kids defend themselves and be safe.

Knowing themselves and improving their abilities give your children the priceless gifts of self- confidence and self-reliance. They learn to have positive attitudes, goals, patience, and other virtues that are especially helpful when trying new things, dealing with problems and setbacks, and facing life’s challenges head-on.

Other benefits of learning karate

The fun practice of karate offers even more benefits to both children and adults who participate regularly. It can teach them many skills and instill leadership traits, in addition to improving their self-confidence.

  • Discipline
  • Physical fitness
  • Social skills
  • Respect
  • Listening
  • Self-esteem

Giving kids the opportunity to learn karate, or any martial arts form, might be the most formative, beneficial, and enduring gift you can give your child besides your love and care. Training, learning, winning, losing, and trying again through the interesting and motivating practice of karate will help them develop good habits and self-confidence. This often results in young people becoming positive, strong, responsible, and confident adults who are ready to take on life as leaders.