The Art of Empathy

The Art of Empathy

Part of what you are learning through practicing martial arts is something called mindfulness. Martial Arts teaches you to be mindful of your body- because you need to be strong, limber and healthy to practice, but it should also teach you to be mindful of others.

You have opponents, maybe you spar in class and have a physical opponent or you’re in a club at school and have a rival club or even a member of your own class. You need to be mindful of them and what they affect in your life. The art of empathy, and also the compassionate use of sympathy, are two ways to cultivate mindfulness of others that will help you practice the spirit of martial arts and will help you every day when interacting with other people.

Both empathy and sympathy are feelings regarding other people, but how you experience them and how they apply to others set them apart from one another.

How To Sympathize

Sympathy is when you feel bad for the situation another person is in. You don’t necessarily have to know how the other person is feeling or need to have been in the same sort of situation in order to sympathize. Have you ever said ‘I’m sorry’ when someone has gone through a bad experience, even if you had nothing to do with it? That is a form of sympathy, where you feel bad that someone else is going through something negative, even if you’ve never had to go through anything like it yourself.

How To Empathize

On the other hand, empathy is you not only feel bad for another person’s problem, but you also understand and feel the same way another person is feeling. If you’ve ever lost a pet or had a fight with your friend and then saw someone else going through the same problem you might remember how it felt when you had to go through that situation as well. That’s Empathy. It’s the ability to feel what someone else is feeling because you understand the situation from experience.

When you practice Martial Arts you are learning how to defend yourself from others and to stand up for what’s right, but you should also learn through experience how to feel sympathy towards others and also empathize with other people, even when they’re your opponents. If you’ve ever gone to a tournament or played in a sport, you know how good winning feels and how bad losing feels. Instead of being a sore loser or winner, remember that you know how good it feels when you win and graciously accept the other’s right to feel happy, just as they should accept your right not to feel happy to have lost.

 

Sometimes it’s enough to be sympathetic- to acknowledge someone else is feeling badly about something- but we should always try to use our empathy to understand how a person might be feeling. When we practice empathy, we are looking for ways to understand someone else’s situation so that we can understand it through our own actions and experiences.

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A specific part of our preschool and kids martial arts classes at Park’s Taekwondo Federation in Coral Springs, Boca Raton, Coconut Creek, Plantation, Lake Worth FL is teaching respect, and teaching when to use their new self defense training and when to NOT use them.  We find that our students become more confident to stand up to bullies.  And have more humility and kindness to others though their martial arts lessons.

We encourage parents to watch their children in their kids martial arts lessons.  We love parents getting involved!  And so do their kids.  Even better… join into some of our martial arts classes for adults.   You’re kids will love that you have something in common.  It will build a strong family bond!

Additionally, if you wanted some ‘me-time’?  Simply drop them off, and go grab a coffee.  They will greet you with a huge smile when you return, because they had SO much fun!

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We find that people start at varying fitness levels.  But, you will find that you do get fit by doing our Coral Springs, Boca Raton, Coconut Creek, Plantation, Lake Worth FL martial arts classes.  Isn’t that the point though?

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Truthfully, the journey to Black Belt is an individual one.  Everyone can progress at a different pace.  There is no judgement on students for how long it does take.  What we can tell you, is that it is SO WORTHWHILE! 

The self defense skills you will master can truly be life-saving!
However, the other benefits of striving for Black Belt, like perseverance, never giving up, commitment and self discipline lead to life-long success.

You will find that your Instructors at Park’s Taekwondo Federation are dedicated to helping you on your journey to Black Belt or whatever your personal goal may be.

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Most students are grinning from ear to ear by the end of the class.  I am sure you will be too!

Not at all.  In fact, many students starting in our adult martial arts classes would describe themselves like that before they started.  So you will fit right in!

Give yourself some time, and you will be astounded at how much you improve!  You’ll find that our very experienced martial arts Instructors, are trained to keep their teaching simple.  So even the most uncoordinated person will develop ‘ninja-like’ skills!  Come see for yourself!

Yes, our Instructors are very experienced in this new way of learning. We have found students in Coral Springs, Boca Raton, Coconut Creek, Plantation, Lake Worth FL and around the country really LOVE our virtual and online classes – as they can keep focussed without distractions of other students and recordings can be paused and rewound for additional clarification on techniques.

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