As one of the most iconic movies of the 1980s, The Karate Kid is full of life lessons that anyone would be smart to take to heart. But especially if your child is about to take up karate here at Karate Atlanta or any other studio, it is important they know that it won’t only help them become a better athlete, but a better human being. Here are 5 life lessons kids can learn from The Karate Kid.

Take a Stand

When Mr. Miyagi asks Daniel if he wanted to start learning karate, he responded with, “I guess so.” Mr. Miyagi told him that it’s fine to walk down the right side of the road and it’s fine to walk down the left side of the road. But if you walk down the middle, you’ll eventually get squished.

It’s important to make a decision and stick by it, constantly striving to accomplish your goals and stand up for what you believe in.

Improvement Starts Small

Martial arts is full of cool-looking moves, but it takes a lot of practice to master them. Daniel wanted to do the crane kick after a few days, but Mr. Miyagi knew there is a proper order for everything in life just like in nature.

If you want to be better at karate or even get better in school, take it one step at a time and you will get there with hard work.

Find a Balance in Life

Mr. Miyagi was an excellent fisherman and a master at karate. But how did he learn to do both? He found the proper balance between them and knew that both were important skills to have.

Being good at karate or another sport is great, but it’s also important to be a good student, son, daughter, friend, etc. Give proper attention to all aspects of your life.

Compete with Yourself

Daniel wanted to know what color of karate belt Mr. Miyagi had. He said, “Canvas. JC Penney, $3.98. You like?” Mr. Miyagi knew that it just didn’t matter what color his belt was, because Daniel only needed to compare himself to Daniel.

You may always feel like you are surrounded with people who are better than you. You can’t control anyone else, but you can focus on improving yourself every single day.

Use Fear to Your Advantage

Even the karate master Mr. Miyagi said he was always scared to fight. But he didn’t let the fear control him. To have courage, you do the things you’re scared to do even when the fear is still present.