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Why Does Martial Art Training Give You Confidence

Henry Ford said “If you believe you can or you can’t – you’re right “.

What he was trying to convey was, if you don’t believe you can achieve something, you won’t. At our Brisbane Taekwondo classes, we can SEE what those words mean!

When a person new to martial art training enrols in a class, like Taekwondo lessons at Pacific International Taekwondo, they usually don’t believe they can get to black belt. They are more likely to think “It would be great if I could get a green or maybe blue belt” They may like the thought of being a black belt but it’s not actually a belief, it’s just a wish.

I’ve been teaching traditional Taekwondo for forty years and have taught many hundreds to black belt. I know from experience your belief begins to change when you get to blue belt, which is about the halfway mark toward black belt status.

At that stage you can look back on your Taekwondo training and remember how you felt as a beginner and how each successive promotion to the next belt level spurred you on. After a while, that regular striving for the next goal, and more importantly its achievement, becomes normal. Because of your successful experiences in the past, you begin to believe you are a consistent achiever and there really is nothing stopping you from reaching black belt.

Self-belief often strengthens with the continuous belief in your ability to succeed. This is aided with regular encouragement from someone who has already achieved what you are striving for, in this case your instructors. They know exactly how you feel every step of the way because they have completed the journey themselves.

Self-belief is the precursor to confidence. If you don’t believe in yourself it shows in your demeanour, speech and actions. When you have self-belief, people notice and treat you differently and that builds super confidence. We’re privileged to see that confidence building and building during our Taekwondo classes in Brisbane!

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