Confidence, week 2

During our lessons this week, we will talk about developing our Confidence in ourselves through our accomplishments in karate.  Our in-class discussion lesson for this week follows below:

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” — Eleanor Roosevelt (1st Lady of the U.S., 1932-1945)

Our self-confidence is our feeling of trust in our abilities, qualities and judgement.  We develop our confidence in ourselves through a sense of our accomplishments — the goals we have set for ourselves, and then achieved.  When we work with a difficult skill in our karate lessons — like a one step or a board break — and figure out how to make it work well for us, we have made an accomplishment.  This gives us confidence that we can learn and master new skills, as we are doing in our lessons this week.  We also become confident that we will grow as martial artists and as people as we continue to build our strength, skills and understanding with each new lesson we are part of.  Each new lesson brings us new insights and understandings of our karate skills — both new ones, and ones we already know well.

Discussion Questions:

  1.  How do you learn a new pattern?
  2.   Are you confident that you can learn a new pattern — that you will practice it consistently, and get to know the individual techniques that are part of it?
  3.   What is a karate skill that you really enjoy doing?  Do you think this is an accomplishment?

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