Students Develop Emotional Intelligence in Martial Arts Courses

May 13, 2014

Martial arts students learn how to regulate emotions.

Emotional intelligence helps people succeed in relationships and careers, Psych Central reported. According to Building a Better Athlete, emotional intelligence has four major facets: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management. Self-awareness involves perceiving and managing your emotions, while self-management is the ability to influence your behavior by acting appropriately in particular situations. This also includes the capacity to understand others’ emotions and pick up on what’s going on in the environment, as well as interacting with people successfully.

A martial arts course provides students with an opportune space to develop and refine emotional intelligence. Students must get into a certain mindset when they walk into class. They should be prepared and alert. The Sport in Mind, a Sport Psychology resource, indicated many people use imagery, goal-setting and positive self-talk to transform their state of mind.

Students’ emotions not only affect their behavior, but their performance as well. A student may not compete as well if he or she is not in the proper state of mind. Once individuals are more self-aware, they can determine how to move forward and implement change. This applies in martial arts courses and beyond.