The Comeback is Always Stronger than the Setback

As parents, we all want our children to lead successful, happy, and fulfilling lives. We try our best to shield them from the challenges and setbacks that life can throw their way. However, setbacks are inevitable and can play a critical role in shaping a child's character and resilience. Karate training gives kids an excellent example of how setbacks can be beneficial for oneself.

At FCMA, instructors will make classes physically demanding to the point where it requires extra focus, discipline, and hard work. Sometimes students may struggle with certain techniques, get frustrated, or fail to progress as quickly as they would like. These are the setbacks that can be challenging but offer an opportunity for growth if you look at the bigger picture.

When I see a student experience a setback, I try not to see the disappointment; I focus on the experience of perseverance it can provide. When a student faces a challenge, it's natural for children to feel like giving up, however, by working through setbacks, they can develop resilience, determination, and a never-quit attitude. For example, a child who is struggling to master a new karate move can learn to break it down into smaller parts, practice each part, and eventually put them together. This is a great skill to master as it teaches them to break it down into smaller more manageable pieces and tackle bigger goals in smaller parts.

Secondly, setbacks can help karate students develop a growth mindset. Instead of viewing setbacks as failures, they can learn to see them as opportunities for growth and improvement. For instance, a child who fails to break a birthday board during a karate class can use that experience to identify areas they need to improve, such as their technique or strength, and work towards developing those areas. When the instructor gives them a little extra feedback and they accomplish their goal it can become rather empowering.

So next time you are in the dojo, and you are having a hard time, remember setbacks are an essential part of life that can teach you valuable lessons about perseverance, resilience, and growth. We are excited to see you persevere in your upcoming belt exam and we know you will do very well.

So, good luck, and remember, it doesn’t get easier, you just get stronger!

Sensei Chris