One of the first things we work on in karate is how to hit and how to kick. We move our students from these fundaments elements to learning how to string strikes and kicks together. We then teach to form a combination. Then we eventually come to a place where it’s time to get in the ring and spar.
One of the first disappointments you’ll encounter is your opponent won’t stand still and let you hit them. They move, they evade, they block, and they counter. Nothing is static.
Once we have learned the fundamentals, we’re in whole new territory of our training. How to anticipate the movements of your opponent and how to hit a constantly moving target. With practice and experience, you not only learn how to anticipate where a moving target will be, but how to set up your opponent to be where you want them to be. With a lot of practice and experience, we even get good at it.
You may ask yourself, what does this have to do with MY kid and why should I care? Because, having your child train in martial arts, and specifically at Innovative Martial Arts Academy in Wake Forest, your child is learning a valuable lesson that transfers to them across their life time. When they get used to adjusting to a constantly changing environment in the ring, they become comfortable with change.
Let’s face it; life is constantly changing and throwing things at us we could have NEVER anticipated. When life throws hard times and challenges at you, the people best prepared for it are those who can adapt the fastest, anticipate change, and fight their way back to their feet. Our students learn to look at challenges as opportunities and make the most of it. We look ahead and know where our target will be, not where it is at this moment. We set our goals with this lesson in mind and learn to reach them, even when the environment throws constant change at us!