Martial arts are rising in popularity all over the world. With the growing prominence of MMA and other combat codes, martial arts have also taken a strong foothold in the sports industry. It’s not hard to see why: traditional fighting arts include different styles and disciplines, each with its particular strengths, weaknesses and benefits. If you’ve not taken up a class yet, here are six convincing reasons to give it a try:
Relieves Stress, Encourages Camaraderie
Unlike rigorous exercises that may be repetitive and boring, martial arts can be enjoyed for sport or leisure. If you’re looking for an activity to reduce your stress – martial arts can certainly help. Many beginner’s martial arts classes start with light and friendly training. It’s usually not until you reach higher ranks that things start getting a little more serious. A friend of mine is Australia started learning Krav Maga in Melbourne at a friendly gym that offers a supportive atmosphere for beginners and has progressed through to a seriously elite level. She raves about how as a novice she was cradled into a group of similar skill allowing her to learn without any pressure and gain firm friends as they all progressed together.
Want to have that untouchable Zen focus? Martial arts not only give you a big boost in physical power, but also help improve your mental acuity. It’s no wonder ancient samurai were so formidable in battle. During training, you will be asked to maintain an acute mindfulness focus of your body movement to execute the required moves correctly. With continuous practice, you’ll be able to translate this focus to other aspects of your life outside the dojo.
Helps Lose Weight
Aside from kickass defensive moves, martial arts help you shed those extra pounds. Did you know that 30 minutes of martial arts can burn 360-955 calories? That’s equal to an hour of hiking or jogging! Whatever your condition, regular martial arts training can shape and tone your body.
Martial arts open your heart and mind, helping you achieve mindfulness in all aspects of life – be it work, study, or a favourite hobby. The discipline and rigor assist in clearing your mind and “find your flow”. Traditional martial arts teaches you the importance of honor in everything you do. This code of honor encourages respect, courage, humility, and wisdom that leads to personal growth.
Boosts Confidence and Self-Esteem
The more you master martial arts and the more skills you learn – the more confident you will inevitably become. As your prowess increases, you will appreciate yourself more. With each new skill or technique you’ll learn something invaluable: never to be discouraged by failure. There will be times in sparring, grading or competition that things do not go as planned. The more you learn to accept the defeats, the less you will fear it. This important psychological skill will help you cope with obstacles and strengthen you to take courageous risks in life.
Your body’s not the only thing that will have a major increase in power. Learning martial arts also enhances your self-discipline. During training, you learn how to control your “inner energy”, how to put your mind at peace when anger takes over. Martial arts teaches you how to control your emotions, whether in a conflict situation or general life.
If you’re searching for an outlet that will improve your focus, physical health, and overall well-being, then enrolling in a martial arts might be just the thing for you.