Champions Foundation of Arizona believes in the values that competition has to offer regardless of the challenges a student may face. The skills gained from competition are priceless. The medal is never the priority.
Champions Foundation of Arizona is here to help those who wish to compete but may need some financial assistance.
One of the reasons parents enroll their children in karate is for self-defense. Every day we instructors strive to prepare our students for that possibility. However, we are unable to create that situation in the dojo, only stage them. Karate competitions are the closest thing to that self-defense possibility. Students who compete learn how to manage stress, anxiety, fear, adrenalin spikes, fatigue, chaos and other extreme emotions one experiences in real self-defense. These skills are absolutely necessary to be successful in a real combat situation.
Winning a medal has nothing to do with this development.
Life is a battle field, metaphorically speaking. The skills learned from competition have a direct and positive impact on the success one experiences when navigating through life. In addition to emotional control, there are many other important attributes that are developed from competing; planning, analyzing performances, managing success and failure, overcoming what seem to be insurmountable odds, developing humility and respect, resilience and self-reliance, and so on. These are all vital skills necessary for a successful life.
As in any sport and in life in general, there are injustices (some real and some perceived). Karate students learn techniques to deal with these situations in a “mock world” competition. With the right coaching and mentoring this can be accomplished. These skills are necessary to be successful when entering the “real world” competition.
In addition to improving one’s self-defense skills, competitions help motivate the student to train harder in class, thus adding more value to the training. Without it, students tend to go through the motions at times. An individual wouldn’t go to the driving range without ever playing the game of golf or go to the batting cages and never play the game of baseball. So why would an individual just train at the school without testing their skills and seeing how their mind is going to react in a competitive environment?
Forget about winning and losing. Those things take care of themselves in the long haul of life. It is the mental training that can be greatly improved from competition. A student is only partially trained for self-defense or life’s challenges if they never compete.
One objective of Champions Foundation of Arizona is to help those who want to compete in karate competitions.
To give athletes an honest opportunity to be successful, coaching and refereeing in the state of Arizona must be developed to a professional level.
Champions Foundation of Arizona will help those who have an interest in pursuing these skill sets if financial assistance is needed.