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Martial arts is a popular option if you’re looking for a new hobby or if you want to learn about self-defense, but it’s truly a way of life. Martial arts can change how you view the world; they can help shape you mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Improved self-confidence is one of the most prominent effects that martial arts has on an individual. Examine these five ways that martial arts helps build an individual’s confidence. 


  1. Achieve Your Goals

It’s normal to become overwhelmed with all the new techniques you’re expected to learn or by the skill level of others in your class. As you practice and continue to learn, you’ll see that you are just as capable of success in martial arts as everyone else. You might even surprise yourself with how skilled you become. Each victory and accomplishment inspires you to know that achieving your goals is never impossible if you have the right state of mind. 


  1. Tone Physical Appearance

Physical activity through martial arts helps tone and shape your body. You can be proud of the changes you make. The best part is that you burn these calories while doing drills and sparring with others so it doesn’t feel like you’re actually working out. Exercise is important for health, and by working your body in unique ways, you can develop a better appreciation for what your body can do.


  1. Deal with Pressure

In martial arts, high-pressure situations and intense competition are part of the practice. Adrenaline is flowing, but you know that you trained for such situations and have built confidence in the skills you’ve developed. You can always improve yourself and learn from each experience, even outside of martial arts training.


  1. Defend Yourself

The confidence you gain from learning martial arts allows you to know that you can defend yourself if the need ever arises. The techniques you learn in martial arts can apply to real-life situations, and you’ll be prepared for whatever comes your way. 


  1. Improve Social Skills

Martial arts is a group activity so there is constant socialization. Even if you’re usually reserved, you’ll eventually need to participate and socialize with others who have the same passion that you do. Forming a small group within the class and communication with others improves your interactions and expands your social circle. 


Self-confidence is one of the biggest takeaways that a person gains from learning martial arts. There is so much to gain and nothing to lose by learning.


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.