Every martial arts student has thought about quitting his or her training. It’s natural for your child to feel frustrated when they’re learning a new skill. You may hear them talk about how it doesn’t seem like they’re improving, or that they’ve hit a wall. There’s one difference between students who go on to become black belts and those who don’t: the black belts never gave up during hard times.
The journey to black belt isn’t a steady climb towards mastery. There will be peaks and valleys on the path to your child’s goal. Weeks will go by where they quickly learn each new technique, as well as times when they’ll struggle finding the motivation to attend class.
This is normal. Learning to overcome obstacles is an essential skill taught by martial arts. You can be an important part of helping your child learn the value of discipline and perseverance. The next time your child talks about being stuck in a rut, try considering these three tips:
Put It In Perspective – Some students feel overwhelmed while preparing for a tournament or belt testing. When this happens, help them take a step back and consider their training in a new light. Instead of focusing how far they have to go, look at how far they’ve already come. Techniques that challenged them in the past are now performed easily. Remind them that if they keep training, what they struggle with now today seem simple in the future.
Look Outside the Mat – Sometimes when a student is having trouble staying motivated, it’s caused by something in their lives outside of martial arts. Are they worried out about an upcoming exam in school, or dealing with other issues? That sort of stress can creep into their other activities, including training. Taking a holistic view of their life can help you pinpoint what exactly is stressing out your child.
Communication is Key – Remember, you can always talk to our instructors whenever your child is feeling stuck. They have years of experience keeping kids pushing through the hard times. If you want tips for keeping your child motivated, all you have to do is ask their instructor.