Teenagers and martial arts go perfectly together. Reflecting back, growing up between the middle school and high school era challenged everybody – and it still does! Everything is changing during this phase: relationships, interests, hormones, emotions, beliefs, and much, much more. It’s a life defining moment. The teenage years can be brutal, but there are things that can be done to make them better.
1) Be Around Friends
A part of the teenage years is trying to find a place to belong. While some people make friends easily, others struggle with this area. By helping teens find their niche, they will naturally link with other people who share their interests.
2) Develop Self-Respect
One of life’s valuable lessons is learning how to respect yourself. As it is easier to listen to negative comments produced by others and self, it’s not healthy. When teens can develop that respect muscle, only good can from it. They learn to be fair and love themselves for how they are.
3) Be Around Positively Influential People
Good development can come from being around positively influential people. Teens are like plants – they will absorb everything that goes on around them. Place them around people like sport coaches or music teachers, and it will affect them positively during the teenage years.
All of these aspects are offered at Choe’s HapKiDo. We love to watch individuals grow and to be a part of their lives. Teenagers who do martial arts improve their self-esteem, confidence, and self respect. They may come into our studios with the day’s grit on their shoulders, but they leave our classes with a new boost of confidence, increased self-esteem, and an increase in self-respect. As teenagers, any time that they are around positivity helps them through this time period. They know that they have found a community to relate to, and it’s a great place to let off steam
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