Originally posted - November 6, 2015
Much like our blog on the mental aspect of martial arts, this short blog focuses on qualities which embody the martial arts lifestyle. These traits are important when it comes to improving your skills inside the gym. However, with persistence and hard work these attributes can be developed and will become useful in real world situations. The following are some examples of how certain traits are required to master and progress through martial arts training.
-Patience : Important quality when it comes to learning new techniques, keeping track of personal goals.
-Respect : Without respect for yourself and others, you can never truly appreciate or even participate in the benefits of martial arts training.
-Empathy : Understanding and supporting another person's experience is vital when it comes to establishing bonds with teammates and coaches.
-Humility : Check your ego at the door. Although self-confidence is also key, keeping humble is the first step towards improvement.
-Honesty : Similar to humility, honesty is required to keep realistic training goals. This also means coming to terms with both achievement and failure.
-Dedication : Commit yourself, no exceptions. Dedication is one of the more critical qualities for achieving success in martial arts; nothing pays off like hard work and devotion.
These are characteristics which traditionally are associated with martial arts mastery, and may not necessarily be embraced by every practitioner of the sport. With that being said, these virtues can be achieved if you invest yourself in training with full effort. Martial arts can help you become a more well-rounded and balanced individual, but only if you allow it to do so.
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