All girls, no matter what age, should give martial arts a try. While there are some misconceptions that martial arts is about violence, girls who begin learning martial arts find that they are encouraged to be assertive, not aggressive. They learn to work together with other children their age and make new friends. Girls can get stronger and have fun exercising, as well as learn focus and self-control. The focus they learn from practicing martial arts can be applied in all aspects of their lives including school, hobbies, and at home.
Women who started practicing karate as children are shown to be more confident, assertive, and have better self-esteem. They grow up in a positive learning environment that encourages them to speak up and be themselves. The confidence that this brings makes them better equipped to defend themselves verbally and physically. With their training, they are better informed as to how to avoid a dangerous situation in the first place.
I started my martial arts training at the age of eight at Buzz Durkin’s Karate School. I was nervous and shy, but the instructors helped me to see my own potential. They helped me build the confidence and ability to achieve my goals and to believe in myself. I had never dreamed of getting a blackbelt before, but with their guidance, not only did I achieve black belt, I continued up through the ranks. I learned how to defend myself, but I also learned how to persevere, how to believe in myself, and how to help others discover their own potential.
Stephanie Rodenhiser is a 4th Degree Black Belt at Buzz Durkin’s Karate School, having trained since she was eight years old. She teaches students of all ages and especially enjoys teaching kids and adults who work hard and develop great outlooks on life.