Psychological

Developing positive psychological characteristics in children though martial arts

Marshmallow test of self-control

7 tactics to help children develop self-control

The benefits of developing self-control Who would have thought that having the self-control to not eat one marshmallow in order to receive a second could have such a profound effect on someone’s life? The results of the marshmallow test turned out to predict much about the participant’s future lives. The more seconds they were able …

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Psychological Stages Of Development

Psychological Stages Of Development For Young Children Practicing Martial Arts

If you teach martial arts to young children, understanding the psychological stages of development is a must. Taking a ‘participant centred’ approach to our coaching translates as meeting our students where they are. Before we can do that we actually need to know ‘where they are’ cognitively, emotionally and socially. This article will look at …

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The benefits of developing a growth mindset and stepping out of your comfort zone

10 benefits of cultivating a Growth Mindset in your martial arts students

Henry Ford is reported to have said “Whether you think you can or you can’t you’re right”. This short quote highlights that your mindset can have a big impact on your actions. Your ability to learn and develop is dependent on you believing that with hard work, you can achieve. This is the difference between …

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Character development through children’s martial arts

Most martial arts clubs promote character development in their martial arts training. Indeed, if you look at any social media post advertising taekwondo, karate or ju jitsu (or any other martial arts) classes, you would be forgiven for thinking that stepping on the mats and kicking and punching each other would automatically lead to overnight …

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Large muscular man with boxing gloves on facing boy with boxing gloves on

Gradings for young children in martial arts – are you comparing apples with oranges?

We all want the best for our young ninjas. Developing their skills, physical ability and positive physiological characteristics are at the top of our list of goals. So how do we use gradings to build these traits? Should we be using the gradings to measure competency like we do with the older children, teens and …

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