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Friday, June 13, 2008

Developing Emotional Intelligence through the Martial Art for Future Success

I’ve been reading a great book called Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman. It talks about something that I suspected for many years. They identified, through research, different kinds of intelligence that determine the success of an individual better than IQ.

We base our whole school system and determine whether an individual will be successful by IQ-type standardized test like the SAT’s and grades in school. Their research showed that IQ alone is a poor indicator of future success.

This is where it gets interesting. They determined that testing for other skills is a better indicator of future success – dubbed emotional intelligence.

One of the greatest benefits of our karate program is that we develop these emotional intelligences in our students. By honing our student’s emotional intelligence, we develop the leaders within them. Obtaining these skills is equivalent to earning a Harvard or Yale degree in success and leadership.

So what are these magical skill of Emotional Intelligence that transform our students.

5 Main Domains to Mastering Emotional Intelligence
1. Knowing one’s emotions – Self-awareness is the key - being able to recognizing a feeling as it happens. The Martial Arts enhances these skills from the first day in class. We teach students to be keening aware of their body and mind whether it’s focusing on perfecting a physical technique or monitoring our attitude.

2. Managing Emotions – This is about handing feelings appropriately. We teach our student’s skill like anger management and personal resiliency. These skill help our students to shake off bad moods and attitudes. They become able bounce back even in the face of adversity.

3. Motivating oneself – Marshalling emotions in the service of a goal and delaying instant gratification is essential to paying attention, creativity, and mastery. Emotional self-control opens the door for get into “The Zone” that enables superior performance of all kinds. Our belt system creates small goals that gradual challenge our students into higher and higher levels performance.

4. Recognizing Emotions in Others – Once we understand ourselves through self-awareness, empathy is the fundamental “people skill.” People with empathy our more attune with subtle social cues that let them know what others need or want. Our Random Acts of Kindness program polishes this valuable skill in our students.

5. Handling Relationships – The art of relationships is about projecting and managing emotions in others. Social competence is the foundation of popularity, leadership, and interpersonal effectiveness. Martial Arts build camaraderie, teamwork, and good sportsmanship between students.

Emotional Intelligence these days is as essential to our success as getting good grades in school. A excellence karate program is one of the only places to receive this indispensable success training and leadership development.

Sensei Tim Rosanelli
Maximum Impact Karate
(215) 249-3532

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