Why Practice Martial Arts?

There are many ways for you to try to whip your body into shape, but let’s be hon­est: A lot of them are pretty bor­ing. Run­ning, rid­ing a bike, and weight lift­ing all have phys­i­cal and men­tal ben­e­fits but all of them also run the pos­si­bil­ity of spi­ral­ing off into monot­ony. With many moves to mas­ter and con­stant chal­lenges to best, mar­tial arts offer a less monot­o­nous way to get in a work­out while strength­en­ing your body and build­ing your con­fi­dence. Some men­tal and phys­i­cal ben­e­fits of mar­tials include:

  • Improved car­dio­vas­cu­lar health – Mar­tial arts tax the heart and cause it to grow stronger. As you progress on your prac­tice, your heart will become stronger and you’ll be able to work harder for longer.
  • Weight loss – Doing mar­tial arts burns calo­ries, and also helps to raise your meta­bolic rate. This leads to burn­ing fat and weight loss. If you’re closer to your opti­mum body weight, mar­tial arts is a good way to main­tain your body condition.
  • Improved flex­i­bil­ity – As your mus­cle con­di­tion­ing improves so will your abil­ity to bend and flex. This will help pre­vent injuries in the future. Not to men­tion it’ll help you win limbo contests.
  • Sharp­ened con­cen­tra­tion – Mar­tial arts fos­ter the abil­ity to relax, calm your mind, and focus. Not only will your focus be deeper, but you’ll also be able to sus­tain it for longer peri­ods of time.
  • Improved bal­ance and coor­di­na­tion – Most mar­tial arts prac­tices include tech­niques witch help sta­bi­lize your mus­cles and pre­vent falls. You will also learn to fall with­out being hurt. Work­ing in the mar­tial arts will also improve your coordination.
  • Stress relief – Mar­tial arts classes pro­vide an out­let for stress through phys­i­cal activ­ity. They also teach ways to help the mind bet­ter deal with stress­ful situations.
  • Self-confidence – Most mar­tial arts pro­grams include dif­fer­ent lev­els and chal­lenges stu­dent try to work through. By accom­plish­ing these tasks, stu­dents begin to believe in them­selves and their abil­i­ties to achieve other goals. It may take some time, but by par­tic­i­pat­ing in mar­tial arts classes, you can build your abil­ity to trust your­self and over­come obstacles.