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3 Ways Students Grow from Leadership Roles in Martial Arts

Posted: February 16, 2019

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     According to a dictionary definition, a leader is a person who leads or commands a group or an organization. Did you know most qualities of a leader are acquired as a child or teenager? The past few years there has been a very prominent emphasis on how effective this leadership role is on a student in a school environment, but this valuable opportunity can extend farther than just the classroom – students in leadership roles are benefitted just as equally in the dojo!

     Students involved in martial arts such as jiu jitsu, taekwondo, and karate already have a major advantage in acquiring skills for life due to their martial arts training, but by being put into a leadership position they can bring their skill set to the next level. Students are capable of so many things, and can take on leadership roles that go far beyond simply helping their owner track attendance or manage prospects. We are going to explore 3 ways in which martial arts students can grow by being put into leadership roles.

The Most Effective Way to Learn

     It is often said that the best way to learn and fully understand something is by being able to teach it to someone else. This type of hands-on experience is what instills skills in a way nothing else can. Martial arts students are already learning so many things, but when an older and more advanced student is able to demonstrate a move to the class or even be an assistant to their karate teacher, they not only set an example for other students, but acquire many skills for themselves.This is a perfect example of leadership.

     Leadership directly teaches abilities that cannot simply be taught through someone else, but must be experienced first-hand. By being a leader, students are able to experience a completely different kind of learning. By being in charge and holding responsibility, students learn how to manage groups, organize projects, solve problems, and be independent.

Building Confidence and Maturity

     By being put in charge of a group or project, a student learns how to rely on themselves and their own abilities, instead of someone else. This dramatically increases maturity and creates a healthy competitive nature which is vital in a strong leader. Leadership is a quality that is necessary in the real world when one finally enters the workforce. By having this experience in leading others and being in charge, students are better prepared for real world work experiences in college and future jobs.

     Leadership experience is also effective in increasing a student’s self confidence. Confidence is truly the foundation of a leader. In order to successfully lead, one must believe in themselves and what they are capable of. When put into a leadership role, a student will quickly realize that in order to make others believe them and follow their lead, they must first believe in themself. It is much easier to trust someone who exudes confidence in what they are saying and doing. By becoming a leader, a student will grow into this concept more and more.

Increases Communication Skills

     Being in charge pushes a student to come out of their shell, talk to more people, and be comfortable being put upfront. Placement in a leadership role guides students in being open, honest, and easy to talk to. Leaders know how to get their message across to both peers and strangers, and are not afraid to negotiate, discuss, and find solutions with others. Communication skills are fundamental when it comes to work performance, so it is important to begin cultivating this skill from a young age.

     The benefits of martial arts goes far beyond the skills members learn on the mat and the value gained far outweighs the cost of tuition.  Membership payments are an investment in their future. Martial arts are extremely helpful in preparing students for real world issues and bettering them in confidence, ability, and knowledge. By placing these students into leadership opportunities, they gain the ability to go even farther. Leadership roles in the martial arts can include a wide array of jobs and duties. From being an assistant to your jiu jitsu gym owner to organizing a charity event through your taekwondo school, the possibilities are endless. These responsibilities teach career-necessary skills, spur confidence and maturity, and increase communication skills. Being a leader is the ultimate way a student can grow and thrive in everything they do.

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