Here is an article written by a blogger, Kiarra H., who reached out to me for a comment. Enjoy. Her blog is the Freelance Resource (Ignore the Taekwondo kicker in the picture below, that was the author's artistic choice. Obviously it would have been better to show a Koryu style kick since I'm the one being quoted.)
According to statistical researchers, more than 18 million Americans practice one or more forms of martial arts. The physical, mental, and social benefits these participants gain play a role in their vast popularity. Such advantages are, in many ways, applicable to scenarios outside the dojo. Even teachers use martial arts to teach children life skills. Here are some reasons studying Eastern combat techniques can boost your performance as a startup owner.
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Martial arts teach devotees the importance of persistence. Regular training is necessary to defeat opponents. Without a strict commitment to warriorhood, you're likely to make impulsive moves that cause your downfall. Fighters see a link between how much energy they give to training and the quality of their performance when facing adversaries. It's a lesson that persists outside these disciplines. Whenever quitting feels like an option, you'll remember that staying dogged about resolving business-related challenges ultimately yields rewards.
"In martial arts, it is up to the individual to put in the daily grind to learn and embody the material the teacher presents. Similarly, an entrepreneur has opportunities to learn from past trail blazers, but in the end it is that person's daily grind that makes those efforts come to fruition."
- Shane Muir, Shidoshi
Martial arts show students why setbacks are only temporary. Mistakes during classes are going to happen. A seemingly simple kick maneuver might be challenging and take a long time to master. With patient and supportive instructors, you’ll be able to learn from failure. Likewise, business owners need to view every failure as another step closer to success.
The more aware you are of posture and movements, the faster you'll climb the martial arts ranking structure. By elevating your level of control, you'll have an easier time executing winning strategies during matches. The ability to remain calm and focused while facing a martial arts opponent is transferable to threatening business scenarios. Staying clear-headed and free of emotional outbursts should make triumphing over corporate snafus less burdensome.
Another way of staying in charge and in control of your venture to register your business. Consider making your startup a limited liability company. As the owner of an LLC, you'll enjoy less paperwork, fewer taxes, and litigation protection. States have different regulations when it comes to forming LLCs. Learn how to start an LLC in Idaho and investigate the rules before taking action.
Involvement in martial arts is a positive for the body in addition to the soul. The physical plusses are significant. Some include improved muscle tone, weight loss, and lower blood pressure. There may even be a connection between judo chops and superior mental health. Ridding stress and honing your body's condition should help you become an even better boss.
One overlooked aspect of martial arts is the team-building aspect. Students must respect one another and be encouraging at all times. This sense of unity is infectious. The optimistic vibes you generate from giving and receiving advice and support will carry over into your workday life. Gift this lesson to your employees by committing a day to karate, judo, or jiu-jitsu as a corporate exercise.
Martial arts are not merely hobbies. In truth, they're disciplines that strengthen the mind and toughen the spirit. See if involvement in one transforms you into a more effective entrepreneur.
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Shane Sensei is a licensed Shidoshi in the Bujinkan and member of the Shidoshi-Kai. He has trained in the Bujinkan since 1998 and regularly travels to Japan for training.