Let’s talk about something really important today which is mental benefits of taekwondo. Most people see taekwondo as a purely physical sport but it actually requires a lot of mental stamina and self talk. We help hundreds of people in our Vasquez Taekwondo & Haidong Gumdo Academy community become confident and proud of who they are through the power of taekwondo and self defense. Here’s how:
Confidence is a Huge Advantage of Taekwondo
Chances are high that you already feel confident in one area of your life- your job, your role as a parent, or your studies, for example. You might already feel confident in your body and even work out regularly.
But how confident do you feel in your ability to protect yourself? If push really came to shove (literally), would you know how to defend yourself against an attacker? Would you know how to protect the people you love?
Self-Respect: A Little-Known Benefit
How these Mental Benefits Change Lives
So confidence is important, yes – but why is self respect important? Because once you learn to respect yourself and your body, you start to make better choices. Once you start taking taekwondo classes, you may notice you feel more energized. You may start to want to eat healthier and think, “I wouldn’t be respecting my body if I ate this. I want to feel amazing so I’ll skip the chips.” You may also find yourself wanting to take a walk in the afternoon or finally making time for a hike with a friend.
This just makes you even more confident because you’re doing right by your body, you have more energy to do things you love, and you feel in alignment with your best self. That little conscience in your head guiding your decisions is finally being heard. Also, and this is huge – when you respect yourself, you start to treat others with more kindness and humility because you see and respect them, too. This makes others more confident because they feel understood, and then they pass that feeling on to others and there’s a compound effect in the community. It’s kind of great, isn’t it? And it’s all because of this little old sport we call taekwondo.
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We see it all the time – a new student will come in to start training, and within months, they’ll get a promotion or negotiate a better salary. They may even find the courage to ask someone on a date or speak their mind to a disrespectful colleague. These things don’t just happen out of the blue – they happen because taekwondo classes build confidence and self respect. Plain and simple. When you respect yourself, you also start to treat yourself better.
You start to realize that you deserve better treatment from others, professionally and personally, and you find the courage to stand up for what you want. Are you starting to see how the mental benefits of taekwondo can seriously change your life? Just these two benefits- the mix of self respect and confidence can help you realize that other people’s judgments can only get to you if you let them.
When you know how awesome you are because you leave your taekwondo class feeling super accomplished, you’re not going to shy away from creating awesomeness in your own life. You take risks, embark on exciting new adventures, and do the things you never thought you could do. It’s awesome! Okay, one more thing. In the classic mental health sense, the benefits of taekwondo are endless. Staying active, engaging in social communities, consistently accomplishing new goals each week- these are the basic building blocks of mental health that taekwondo classes can provide. Your mood and health can improve tremendously right alongside your mindset.