Learning martial arts comes with many benefits, and many of them carry over to life outside the martial arts gym. That reality is not always apparent to those who are new to martial arts, since the fighting techniques of these ancient styles have been popularized in movies and television.
When you start your journey as a martial artist, you learn a lot more than just punching, kicking and grappling techniques. You also improve your mental and physical strength and become more rounded as a person. Learning a martial arts can provide the balance many people want in life. Here’s how training a martial art impacts your daily routine as a person.
1) It Makes You A More Confident Person
Taking martial arts classes improves your confidence over time. There are many reasons for this. For starters, martial arts get you in the best physical shape of your life. Walk into any martial arts gym and most of the students you see will be in very good shape. This is because of how intense learning some martial arts can be. Training Muay Thai, for example, can burn up to 1,000 calories for each hour spent training. The average person consumes about 2,000 calories per day, so that’s about half of your daily caloric intake. In order to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume each day.
Simply training a martial art like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) or Muay Thai without making any modifications to your diet will get you in significantly improved shape. If you combine the calorie burning value of training a martial art with a low carb diet, you will be in the best shape of your life in no time. You’ll feel good about your improved physique and that makes you more confident when you interact with others.
Learning a martial art also improves your confidence by letting you know your worth. Like everyone else, you start off as a white belt and many techniques will seem too complicated the first time it is broken down for you. You will likely struggle with some of them, and you may feel like you will be a white belt for eternity.
Those challenges do not last long if you keep training consistently. All of a sudden, the same moves you struggled with when you first started out become second nature to you. Some of them might even become your favorite moves. You’ll start performing better during your sparring sessions, and you find yourself getting the best of training partners who once outclassed you. It teaches you that you can accomplish anything you set out to do. It reminds you of the value of consistency, perseverance, and hard work. It all leads to increased confidence in your personal and professional life. It’s because you now know you are capable of anything you want to accomplish.
A third way martial arts improve your confidence is by teaching you how to effectively defend yourself. It is one of the biggest fears many people have, the thought of being confronted by a violent person and not being able to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Learning martial arts like karate, BJJ, and Muay Thai teaches you what to do if you end up being attacked. These are martial arts that have been proven beyond a reasonable doubt to be extremely effective in self-defense scenarios, particularly when it is a one-on-one type confrontation.
When you know how to defend yourself, you will feel more confident as you go about your daily activities. You will be able to stand up for yourself and you will be better equipped to diffuse a situation before things turn violent.
2) It Teaches Discipline
Discipline is a huge part of any martial art. You need to be disciplined with your techniques or you might find them getting countered or reversed. You need to be disciplined with your training to get the most out of it.
Martial arts have never been about overpowering an opponent. It’s all about control and discipline; using your strengths, skills and will in a disciplined and strategic manner. Thinking is a huge part of any martial art, and some combat styles like BJJ are frequently compared to playing chess.
Martial arts teach you to always think before you act. When you first start out, your instructor might give you a unique set of goals that are specific to you. As you progress towards your goals, you get different color belts that signify how much progress you have made.
3) Improves Focus And Analytical Skills
Martial arts teach you to focus on the task you are currently doing. It is a great way to clear your mind from all the things that stress you out from your daily life, and that leads to improved focus even after your class is over.
Martial arts classes also improve your problem-solving skills. When two competitors are evenly matched, their ability to analyze things and come up with an effective way to deal with it is what often separates the winner from the loser.
Training martial arts does not just require you to use your analytical skills. You often have to do that while dealing with other things like fatigue. When you have spent hours at the martial arts gym trying to figure out the best way to deal with your training partners during sparring sessions, solving problems at work or school seems like a piece of cake.
4) Lowers Stress
Training martial arts takes your mind off things that are bothering you, and it gives you a productive way to release all the pent up anger and frustration you have built up inside. Those two things on their own lower your stress levels, then there is also the fact it causes the release of feel-good hormones in your brain.
Training also gets your body physically tired by the time you are ready to go to bed. You sleep better, so you wake up the next day stress-free and ready to take on the entire galaxy.
Who couldn’t use all of these benefits that come with training a martial art? Level up your life, in and out of the gym, by giving martial arts a go!
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