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Building Self-Esteem through Karate


< BY KIRK ATKINSON >


lack the self-confidence to move forward. Im- proved self-esteem can help children excel at school, make new friends, meet new challenges, play sports, avoid peer pressure, and cultivate a child’s ability to believe in them-self. Self-esteem is fundamental for success in today’s world, whether it is in the classroom, or the workplace. As a 5th degree black belt with over twenty-


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five years experience instructing children, I have witnessed that children with high self-esteem


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e all want the best for our kids. As a parent, it can be frustrating to see your child holding back and not doing their best because they


have the following characteristics: • they are confident in their ability to meet day to day challenges


• they don’t care what other people think • they learn from their mistakes • they are able to take criticism • they are not afraid of failure But not all children are born with natural


confidence. The good news—in the correct envi- ronment, this is something your child can learn. Getting involved in the right extracurricular programs or activities will not only teach your child specific skills, but will also help build your child’s self-esteem, and develop their sense of self-worth. One exceptional activity for boosting self-


Benefits of Karate for your child


• Builds confidence • Develops respect • Improves concentration • Encourages a more humble attitude


• Develops character • Cultivates the ability to deal with bullies


• Requires commitment • Teaches discipline • Provides social interaction • Relieves stress


• Improves coordination • Teaches personal safety • Provides fitness and flex- ibility


• Fosters leadership abilities • Plus, it’s a lot of fun


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