Self-discipline is the ability to get yourself to take action regardless of your mental, physical or emotional condition. Or as we tell the children in classes at the Port Credit Academy of Martial Arts:
“Discipline is doing what you are asked to do but self-discipline is doing what you’re supposed to do BEFORE you are asked and being self-disciplined will get you to Black Belt!”
Why It’s Important for Children to Learn Self-Discipline Early
While it is certainly our duty as a parent to teach our children the difference between right and wrong, it’s also important to teach them early to make decisions for themselves. If you allow your child to grow up depending on your authority and other external factors to determine the proper thing to do, he shall find himself helpless and incapable of doing what’s right even as an adult, much less care about the consequences of his actions.
When you teach your child self-disciplineearly, they take their first steps to growing up and taking responsibility of their actions. They begin to understand about the things they have to do not just because they’re told but because it’s right. They will understand, for instance, that homework, house chores, and even eating broccoli are things they have to do, even if it’s somewhat unpleasant.
The Benefits of Having Self-Discipline
Once your child attains self-discipline through martial arts, you’ll be surprised at the positive impact it can have in his life.
Greater self-discipline is equivalent to greater progress in martial children. And with children, their self-confidence tends to grow every time they earn another stripe and the colour of their belt changes.
“When you combine self-discipline, self-control, and self-confidence with self-defense, it removes fear from your life and gives you the ability to accomplish things you didn’t think you could do!”
You’ll find self-disciplined children are easier to guide when it comes to proper nutrition, too. Your children will be more willing to listen and obey once you explain the benefits of eating lots of veggies and avoiding junk food.
If they are struggling with weight problems, you’ll also find it easier to maintain the proper diet and exercise regime for them. Their martial arts lessons will naturally help in keeping them physically fit as well!
Improved Social Interaction Skills
Self-discipline also helps children develop positive social interaction traits. They become friendlier and although they may become more competitive, they also understand the importance of sportsmanship, teamwork, and equality. They also become more understanding of other children’s differences with them and avoid bullying or ostracizing other children because of those differences.