Building Children’s Self-Esteem with KarateBuilt Martial Arts

Self-esteem is a fundamental building block for success in life,

influencing various aspects of personal growth, relationships, and overall well-being. Martial arts, particularly as taught by institutions like KarateBuilt Martial Arts, can play an invaluable role in boosting a child’s self-worth and confidence. Here’s how:

Structured Learning & Goal Setting

KarateBuilt Martial Arts provides a structured curriculum, allowing children to set and achieve small goals, such as mastering a new move or progressing to the next belt level. Achieving these milestones instills a sense of accomplishment.

Physical Fitness & Coordination

Regular training improves physical strength and agility. As children witness their own progress, their confidence in their physical capabilities grows.karate class

Overcoming Challenges

Karate training is not without its challenges. Whether it’s mastering a tricky form or sparring with a tough opponent, facing and overcoming these challenges instills resilience and a “can-do” attitude.

Discipline & Focus

The teachings of KarateBuilt emphasize discipline and focus. Over time, this not only enhances their martial arts skills but also boosts their confidence in other areas of life, knowing they can concentrate and achieve what they set out to do.

Social Interaction & Teamwork

While karate is often perceived as an individual sport, classes at KarateBuilt involve group activities, promoting teamwork. Engaging with peers helps children improve their social skills and find their place within a group, bolstering self-esteem.

Positive Feedback

The instructors at KarateBuilt Martial Arts understand the importance of positive reinforcement. Constructive feedback, combined with encouragement, ensures that children recognize their strengths and work on their areas of improvement with a positive attitude.

Self-Defense Skills

One of the tangible benefits of learning martial arts is acquiring self-defense skills. This knowledge naturally boosts confidence, knowing they have the skills to protect themselves if needed.

Leadership Opportunities

Students at KarateBuilt Martial Arts often have the chance to lead or assist in classes, teaching younger or less experienced students. Such leadership roles instill a sense of responsibility and pride. Even children as young as three are given the opportunity to lead in a class situation.

Respect for Self and Others

One of the core tenets of martial arts taught at KarateBuilt is respect – both for oneself and for others. This mutual respect fosters a positive self-image.

Sense of Belonging

Being part of the KarateBuilt community gives children a sense of belonging. Being a part of something bigger than oneself can be a significant boost to self-esteem.

Incorporating the teachings and principles of KarateBuilt Martial Arts into a child’s routine offers a holistic approach to self-esteem building. It’s not just about the physical moves but the life skills, discipline, and positive mindset that come with it. As children grow and progress within the KarateBuilt system, they not only become proficient martial artists but also confident individuals ready to face the challenges of life with poise and self-assurance.


Senior Master Laura Sanborn and KarateBuilt Martial Arts have been selected the nation’s #1 martial arts schools for EIGHT YEARS IN A ROW!

KarateBuilt L.L.C. was founded in 1995 by Dr. Greg Moody, an 8th degree Black Belt and Chief Master Instructor, KarateBuilt Martial Arts and Karate for Kids offers lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

KarateBuilt Martial Arts Adult Karate training is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape), or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours of the day, 7 days a week at 866-311-1032 for one of our nationwide locations. You can also visit our website at

About Dr. Greg Moody:  Dr. Moody is an eighth-degree black belt and chief master instructor.  He has a Ph.D. in Special Education from Arizona State University (along with a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering – he actually is a rocket scientist). He has been teaching martial arts for over 25 years and has owned eight martial arts schools in Arizona and California. Chief Master Moody is a motivational speaker and educator and teaches seminars in bullying, business, and martial arts training, around the world. See more at

Dr. Moody is also a licensed psychotherapist and maintains a practice at Integrated Mental Health Associates ( where he specializes in couples therapy and mens issues.

The KarateBuilt Martial Arts Headquarters at KarateBuilt LLC is in Cave Creek, Arizona at 29850 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 105, Cave Creek AZ 85331. You can locate the Chief Instructor, Master Laura Sanborn there directly at ‭(480) 575-8171‬. KarateBuilt Martial Arts serves Cave Creek, Carefree, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley Arizona as well and Grand Rapids, MI.

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