One of the great benefits members discover in karate is the development of goal setting skills. Karate’s ranking structure is very well suited for learning and reinforcing this important life skill.
Children and adults consider attainment of their Black Belt as a long term goal. Their instructor breaks this goal down into sub-goals through the system of coloured belts. Students then learn that any reasonable goal can be achieved by simply taking one step at a time.
Attainment of one’s goals is a major element in the building and enhancement of one’s self-esteem and self-confidence. It is in this light that the Australian Karate Academy encourages students to test at the appointed times.
It is our experience that is a student, particularly a child, misses a test and subsequent promotion, then the student can become discouraged and lose motivation, even though they are progressing well in their training.
As time goes on the student realises that the internal satisfaction from training for oneself alone is sufficient reward in itself. Thus another valuable lesson is learned, usually after the Black Belt has been achieved.
At the AKA, we nurture our students thought to Black Belt and then guide them through to taking the responsibility for their own improvement and understanding how essential it is to become self-reliant.