Hapkido and Self Discipline by KJN Richard Hackworth
As Hapkido teachers we all want our students to possess the self-discipline, self-confidence, and self-esteem to succeed in martial arts and in life. We notice and appreciate the behaviors of well-behaved and disciplined students and sometimes struggle to help our students to attain these essential skills.
Experts have researched the topic for decades and have come up with a three-part formula to help people attain these life skills. Expert teachers who have studied the habits and attributes of high-achievers have clearly defined three main keys to helping to develop a student’s behaviors for self-discipline. The key focus areas are:
Work: The concept of work is related to willpower. To have the discipline to complete a task or a job, your child must understand the concept of work. We can teach our children to work and achieve by setting examples and assigning tasks with resultant rewards, such as connecting chores or martial arts achievements with increased responsibility or recognition.
Choice: Self-discipline is a choice. Martial arts instruction teaches and reinforces the concept of personal choice and consequences and teaches our children that they choose their actions. As your child practices self-discipline, they will discover that they oversee their life and their actions. This empowers them and gives them self confidence in their own abilities and choices.
Rewards: Martial arts can help your child realize that most of the rewards they receive in their life are because they worked and used self-discipline to achieve them. If he or she doesn’t achieve the success, they desired they will learn that increased self-discipline and work will eventually bring them success.
About the author: Richard Hackworth is the author of the book, “Be a Life Champion: The Martial Arts Way”, President of the USA Hapkido Union, a Grand Master of Haemukwan Hapkido, Taekwondo and Korean Sword. He also hold a Masters License in Tai Chi. Hackworth is best known as the host of the “World Martial Arts TV Show” and “Fight for Your Health TV Show”. To learn more about Hapkido visit https://usahapkidounion.org .
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