“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro
You’re at work around 40 hours (sometimes more) a week. So there’s no doubt that you spend a large amount of time with your colleagues. The thing is, how close are you to them? In order to accomplish a lot together as a team, it’s important to foster strong bonds with each other so as to promote deeper discussions, collaboration and ultimately function better as a team.
If you wish to build up the camaraderie among your team, then it’s time to engage in some team building activities. At this point, you might be wondering what exactly your team can do, with so many activities out there to choose from. Well, we say martial arts is the way to go! Besides the fact that it’s something that everyone (regardless of your team’s size) can immerse in, martial arts can also effectively bring everyone closer – not just as colleagues, but as friends.
Curious? Today, Evolve Daily shares 6 Ways Martial Arts Can Foster Stronger Bonds Within Your Team:
1) It is a fun way for everyone to stay active and get in shape
Whether it’s Muay Thai, boxing, or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, one thing’s for sure – your team is going to burn heaps of calories while learning self-defense! Apart from that, martial arts will also develop mental toughness and focus, which are essential for any workplace. When you’re all fit and healthy, there would be fewer sick days for your team, hence, everyone would always be present for those crucial moments and as a result, be more productive at work.
2) It increases productivity and reduces stress
Did you know that martial arts can play a part in boosting productivity at work? Apart from enabling you to plan better (thanks to your workout schedule) and set goals effectively, martial arts also helps to lower stress levels. As a result, you’d be able to think better with a clear, stress-free mind and ultimately be more efficient at work.
After dealing with a full day of meetings, tasks, and appointments, why not de-stress with your team by heading to your nearest martial arts gym? Trust us, it’s an awesome way to have work-life balance while bonding with each other outside the office.
3) It enables everyone to get to know each other on a whole new level
When you train together with your team, you’d all be able to interact in a fun, comfortable environment. Also, there are various exercises and drills in martial arts which give you the opportunity to pair up with different partners to achieve the best results. Hence, everyone would have the chance to spend some time with each other on the mats and work towards getting the most out of every session.
Besides that, there would be windows of time before and after class for your team to get to talk to each other about non-work stuff and get to know each other on a much deeper level. When you all warm up to each other, you’d be able to confide in and trust each other. Hence, making the office a more pleasant place to work in.
4) It creates the opportunity to work towards goals together
When we mention “goals”, we aren’t just referring to the KPIs that your team has to hit at work – but also martial arts goals. Whether it’s grasping that challenging technique or simply getting through the lesson, you can be certain that you’re all going to be in it together, working towards – and achieving – those goals, as a team.
Along the way, you’d also learn about each other’s interests, strengths and weaknesses. This would help your team to work even better together as you all take on upcoming projects and work towards future goals. And the best part? You’d all celebrate these victories together as well!
5) It encourages collaboration and boosts creativity
When people are around those they’re comfortable with, they tend to be more imaginative and as a result, are better at thinking outside the box. Hence, training together would not only bring your team closer together but also some creative ideas at work! What’s more, martial arts will build problem-solving skills, as you’d be required to think strategically to solve problems. So the more your team trains together, the better you’d all be at staying calm and coming up with solutions together, should crisis strike.
6) It promotes discipline and continuous self improvement
Growth is something we should always strive toward. Is this the case for your team? If you find that there are days when your team isn’t progressing or performing, then maybe it’s time to start training together! This is because martial arts cultivates discipline, so that you’d be consistent and focus on making progress, to ultimately improve by 1% every day. After all, you can never truly be a master in anything, but that’s okay – because hard work and dedication would help you to constantly improve.
So tell us, are you ready to take your team to greater heights at work and beyond? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on a great team bonding session for your team!