Martial arts instruction and karate classes for self defense

“Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage and confidence in the doing…”

I ran across this quote this morning and it reminded me of how martial arts training builds your self confidence.

As a martial artist – whether you realize it or not – you build your confidence every time you show up to your classes. Just bowing and stepping into your dojo takes courage and every time you do it, you get stronger.

I don’t know about you, but I still get butterflies every time I am asked to spar with someone. And every time, I take a deep breath and make myself get out there and do it. As soon as the match starts, the butterflies go away and the focus shifts to doing my best.

This is exactly how martial arts training builds your confidence. If you are an adult, you know that the butterflies you feel when you are sparring or about to perform your kata in front of your instructor and classmates are the same you feel when you are asked to give an important presentation, approach your boss for an important assignment or raise, or call on a key client.

By training in the martial arts, you know you can handle anything that comes your way, because you expose yourself to challenging situations and perform at your best. You are building or “conditioning” your confidence, making it stronger with every class. You are training yourself to focus and perform under pressure, no matter what the situation may be that is causing the pressure.

This is also why martial arts competition is a great tool for building confidence in children and adults. Nowhere else can you find something that builds confidence in a safe, fun, family environment and at the same time, pushes you to perform and be your best.

Whether it is through your martial arts classes or participating in martial arts tournaments, every time you push yourself to train, you are building your confidence and a stronger you – on the inside and the outside – with every punch and kick.

Keep up your training and I hope to meet you at your dojo or a tournament one day.

Yours in the arts,

Sensei Huff
Z-Ultimate Self Defense Studios

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  1. Virginie Drouot
    May 31, 2011 @ 19:10:26

    I love this article because it’s so true. With the support of my instructors I feel stronger after each class mentally and physically. The dojo is a great place to face challenges and clear your head. I gain tremendous confidence since I started going to the dojo. And the confidence my instructors gave me changed the way I work, the way I live for sure. It’s a unique experience and so intense that all I want to do is share it and bring friends to the dojo! Thank you for this article that describing this “dojo effect” really well. (and also I thought I was the only one having butterflies before sparring!)


  2. Sensei Huff
    Jun 02, 2011 @ 12:58:51

    Yes we do, Marilyn.

    Please go to, find a location nearest you and give them a call or drop them and e-mail; they will be happy to go over our programs with you and answer any questions you may have.

    Thank you!


  3. Kelly
    Nov 23, 2016 @ 06:36:34

    My daughter just started Karate this year and after only a couple of months I can already see the confidence growing in her. It’s great and I’m so happy she loves it as much as she does.


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