Does focus escape you? Do you have a difficult time sitting down and concentrating on one task, before the thought of the next creeps in? Are you constantly multi-tasking?
What about your child? Is he or she having trouble sitting still in school or paying attention? Is it a struggle to get them to complete a task? If you can answer yes to any, or all, of these questions, practicing martial arts can help, as it helps individuals gain focus and concentration skills by teaching in short segments and working on one task at a time.
In Karate, goals aren't just about reaching the next belt. It could be simply working to perform a certain move. By setting smaller achievements on a daily basis, we focus on what we truly want to be, and can manage upsets, setbacks and disruptions better. And this goes for life as well. You can do and be who you want to be with the help of hard work and realistic goals.
When entering a dojo, students are always asked to leave all of their day's worries (and cell phones) outside the door so that they are able to fully engage in what is happening in class. Leave distractions behind, enter into a task with a clear mind. This is applicable to daily life, when you are about to start a project, engage with your child or participate in a meeting at work, leave all distractions behind (cell phones, computers, etc) and focus on what is in front of you.
Calm your mind. We all have thoughts running through our heads as we try to get things done. The mind likes to wander. Martial arts training teaches you how to recognize this and take control and redirect back to the task at hand.
Karate, Tai Chi, Kung fu, whichever it is you like to do, it gets your endorphins flowing. Martial arts, just like any other sport, creates energy and helps to reduce stress by releasing endorphins that block out feelings of pain or stress. It also helps to release serotonin. This helps to improve our mood and sense of happiness. Exercise also creates new neurons in the brain, which enable us to process and store information better, helping us to focus.
Martial arts helps you set goals. Participating in Karate also helps to clarify our goals. If we set goals, we stay on track, but those goals must be realistic and obtainable. It motivates us to continue and move forward. To be persistent in achieving what it is we want. By focusing, we can achieve anything.
Focus, like Karate, takes time to learn. Both skills must be developed, but once they are they will naturally spill over into all of the activities or projects that a student attempts in their daily life.