A lot of times, we overlook our own talents and just how special we are as we go through our daily lives. This is especially true given how much more connected we are with the world around us through the internet. We are exposed to so many talented, amazing people. As a result, we often forget to appreciate what we as individuals bring to the table. We matter and we are important.
Appreciation starts with our ability to appreciate ourselves and value the ability we have to shape the world in positive ways.
Participating in martial arts not only gives us an opportunity to discover our martial arts talents but is also a great way to discover other talents and begin to appreciate them as well. In martial arts, we focus on the self and our own unique strengths. A martial artist recognizes their own abilities and uses them to improve and enhance their technique. They bring that same approach to work, school, personal hobbies, relationships, and so on. If we recognize our own talents and use them in the best and most productive ways imaginable, we are demonstrating appreciation for ourselves and becoming a better version of who we are.
At first, a child doesn’t always know what they are “good at” or what they can contribute to their own environment. They may feel lost or like they don’t belong anywhere as they try to understand what it is they want to do in life. If we allow and encourage them to explore who they are and acknowledge their gifts and where they find joy, we help them feel the sense of belonging, happiness, and productivity they need.
Offering martial arts to our children gives them a place to discover what they are good at and how they can apply that skill or ability to the world around them. It also fosters fun, safe interaction with peers and allows them to learn about others’ talents and goals. They find ways to support each other and develop a community that appreciates both the team and the individual through drills that support both roles.
Here's the good news! Martial Arts doesn’t have to be the one talent you have nor does any sport or extracurricular activity that you participate in. You can have many talents and appreciate and cultivate each one all the same.
Remember, a talent is not just a gift to yourself, but a gift to those around you as well if you use it purposefully. For example, if you enjoy playing the piano, others will enjoy listening to you play too. Appreciating your talents also means allowing others to appreciate them as well. Sharing our talents and not keeping them hidden is another excellent way to appreciate them!
If you're ready to nurture greatness in your child through Martial Arts training,