When I first began teaching martial arts in the late 1980s, my teacher and mentor Shihan Eric Alexander commented that those who are only teaching the physical moves in martial arts were “only doing half the job.” I have heard some martial artists comment that all they cared about was teaching the self -defense aspect of martial arts and that’s all that really existed in their martial arts training and in their teachings.
Having owned and operated a successful martial arts school since 1993 I have seen hundreds of success stories with students. I have seen students overcome anxiety, improve grades at school, improve relationships and obtain better jobs all through the self-development they have attained through martial arts training. They have learned to defend themselves; however, martial arts training has far more to offer than just learning self-defense skills. Martial arts training has improved their entire lives. Not all students have stable home lives and many need positive role models in their lives and the structure and positive reinforcement that good martial arts schools offer.