Just about everyone knows about the popular martial arts, such as Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu and Tai Chi…Some people have even thought about trying out a class. But have you ever actually done it? Do you need a reason?
Just about everyone has thought about learning martial arts at some station in time. One reason might be as another way to stay in shape. Another reason might be as a means to protect you from the school bully. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of reasons why people might choose to take up martial arts, but I want to take a second to connive what I feel are the most important reasons to at least try martial arts. Maybe it’s for yourself, maybe it’s for your children…whatever the reason, all martial arts command a unique wealth of cognition and discipline that you simply can’t get anywhere else. My hope is that this article will revolutionise you to get out of your chair and into a training to see what martial arts is all about.
- Self Confidence
As you train in martial arts, you will notice a lot if improvements, such as your physique, balance, awareness, flexibility, and many other physical and mental characteristics. Martial Arts will teach you how to combine these capabilities and use them to succeed in competitions, attaining higher belts, building friendships and protecting yourself if necessary. The more you can do, the more confident you will be.
- Self Defense
One of the most common reasons to study martial arts is to learn how to defend one’s self. A number of schools may dedicate class time and/or extend a scheduled class that strictly goes over self defense tactics. Also, depending on the MA style or school, self defense can be a large part of the program, which can be beneficial to those interested in “applicable arts” (arts you can use in everyday life) as opposed to “traditional arts”.
- Self Discipline
Webster defines self-discipline as the “correction or regulation of oneself for the sake of improvement”. Whether it is trying to make a high school team or meeting company deadlines, once you learn the focus necessary to succeed in Martial Arts you can apply it to the rest of your life. Success is mental, and Martial Arts will teach you the self discipline necessary to succeed at anything you put your mind to.
Martial arts do require a lot of hand, foot, eye, and mental coordination, but all of this is developed over time. If you see yourself as an uncoordinated person, training in the martial arts will help you grow those skills. You’ll be amazed what your body is able of doing! Even if you are a natural athlete, standing on one foot, while kicking with the other, and blocking with your hands is quite difficult and involves coordination.
Martial Arts does not have to focus only on scrap or self defense as some styles are founded more on fitness. Tae Bo and Tai Chi are two examples of this. However, those with an interest in the fighting & self-defense aspects of Martial arts will find their fitness levels immediate increasing as training not only develops various muscle groups, but flexibility and balance as well. One’s level of fitness can be just as important in winning a match as one’s skills and abilities.
- Family Enjoyment
Most people don’t know that this is an excellent way to strike down time together with your family! Some martial art schools allow families to train together and others separate classes by age groups. Regardless of how classes are segregated, families find themselves enjoying the time spent together. It is not unheard of having a family all test together for various ranks and black belts.
- Meet New People – Martial Arts is for everyone…
Many martial art schools structure their classes into triad age groups: Kids – usually ranging from about 5 to 11 years old, Teens – 12 to about 16 or 17, and Adults – usually starts at 18, but some schools make exceptions when necessary. Some schools also offer a “Little Dragons” program geared towards the 4 – 6 year old crowd. Age groups are then broken down into belt ranks allowing you to train with people that are relatively of equal skills and age. Often times people who begin martial arts together will develop a bonding friendship and even obtaining their black belts at the same time because they pushed one another during their tuff times.
Remember that there are thousands of martial art styles. Chances are there is a style perfect for you no matter what your reasons are for trying it out.
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