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Even though martial arts are primarily seen as physical activity, those who have studied them with any serious dedication have found that they can do far more than keep them in shape and teach valuable self-defense techniques. Martial arts can help you develop self-discipline in all areas of your life. Here are just a few ways it can do that.


Setting Realistic Goals

A good martial arts class is all about control. Among other things, that means setting realistic and attainable goals and sticking to them. There will always be martial arts students who will enroll in a class with the intention of getting their black belt as quickly as possible, but the most successful students will learn that they have to progress through a program slowly, learning and perfecting techniques as they go. They set smaller goals for themselves that they can achieve, which is often the best way to go about accomplishing any large task.


Gaining Control Of Oneself

Since martial arts are based around control, that also means learning to control oneself. You need to have the proper form and mindset in order to perform the various techniques you will learn, and that takes time to develop. Even when martial arts classes teach self-defense and combat, the focus is still on control. You need to be aware of your surroundings as well as your own body in any dangerous situation, and a good martial arts curriculum will help you achieve that.


Following Rules

Among other things, being successful in a martial arts class is about following rules. This refers to the rules that need to be followed during a class such as always listening to your instructor and performing techniques safely, but it also means following the rules that you learn in the outside world. You need to be able to use the techniques you learn in class responsibly, whether you’re simply working out and practicing forms or you find that you need to defend yourself. You need to follow all of these rules to avoid hurting yourself or others, just like in every other aspect of your life.


Encouraging the development of self-discipline is important, especially for younger children. Although not every martial art discipline is right for everyone, there is no denying that the right martial arts class can help you become more focused so that you can achieve great things in your life.


Javill Byron is an accomplished martial artist, entrepreneur, businessman, and philanthropist based in Miami. As the owner of Top Shot Miami and WMB Martial Arts, Javill strives to serve as a valuable resource for individuals who want to improve their physical abilities and learn to protect themselves. Javill is especially passionate about helping children with disabilities and children who are bullied.


As a philanthropy-minded person, Javill Byron devotes much of his time to his nonprofit, WMB Foundation, Inc., which provides services to families and children diagnosed with ADHD, ADD, or Autism and aims to promote academic success and generally enrich their lives.