Have you ever taken a step back and wondered what your best version would look like? Would you be smarter, faster, stronger, and a lot leaner? All these qualities are deep inside you, the trick is bringing them out.
There are a lot of lessons martial arts teaches us throughout our journey, most of which draw our best qualities out in one way or another. Martial arts is a holistic approach to health and wellness that combines both physical and mental enhancement. Unlike other workout programs, martial arts has the power to change who we are as human beings.
Those who have practiced martial arts for years can attest to its many physical and mental benefits. It should come as no surprise then that, martial arts in this day and age is experiencing a sudden surge in popularity. More and more martial arts gyms are beginning to pop up everywhere and are easily accessible.
The best thing about it all is that martial arts welcomes everybody, no matter the age or gender, or experience level. The moment you step into the martial arts gym, you immediately fall in love with its undeniable appeal.
If you’re looking to improve every aspect of your life, from your physical fitness to your daily routine, then martial arts may be just the thing to get you there. Today, Evolve Daily shares four ways martial arts can help you unleash the best version of yourself, ever.
1) You improve at least 1% every day
One of the most important lessons to learn in martial arts is continuous self-improvement, even at just 1% every day. In martial arts, there is so much to learn. The full breadth of disciplines and the involved techniques is absolutely massive.
Whether it is the various striking combinations in boxing and Muay Thai, the intricacies of both offense and defense in grappling arts such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and wrestling, or the myriad of locks and throws in Judo, martial arts is a science that takes years of your life to master. It is virtually impossible to become great overnight.
Which is why martial arts always teaches us to strive to make incremental improvements. If by learning at a slow, deliberate, but effective, pace we become greater each and every day, then so be it.
We can then apply this to all aspects of our being, whether it is merely sticking to our nutrition, or putting in the effort in training sessions. If we all strive for constant daily improvement the way martial arts teaches us to, then we all become better in the long run.
2) You learn to embrace fear and failure
Society today often teaches us to be fearful of failure. One mistake they say is all it takes and we only have one shot. This, however, could not be further from the truth. The reality is that we, as human beings, fail. And we fail all the time. But the true value of failure is the underlying lesson that we learn. When we learn our lessons, then we never really truly fail.
Furthermore, we are constantly afraid of outcomes. We fear failure and everything that comes with it. Martial arts teaches us to embrace fear and tackle our problems and challenges head-on. We are taught, as martial artists, to face our fears and overcome them, and to find learning in every angle of life.
During your martial arts training, you will experience constant failure. In fact, it is guaranteed that 90% of the time, you will be doing something wrong, especially in the beginning stages. But it is through these failures and mistakes that we are able to refine our technique. Sooner or later you will see improvement, and it is because of failure that we can improve.
This applies to our lives far beyond the reaches of the martial arts gym. Whether at home, in school, or at the office, the teachings of martial arts sticks with us.
3) You gain unwavering self-discipline
To be able to truly achieve the best version of ourselves, we must strive to change for the better. We know what it takes. To lose weight and build lean muscle, it takes dedication and perseverance, putting in the hard work day in and day out. To become smarter and more intelligent, we must practice due diligence in our studies or strive to excel at our workplace.
We know what it takes to become successful. But it all requires self-discipline. If we cannot stay away from bad habits and things that set us back, then there is no way we can move forward. Martial arts then empowers us with unwavering self-discipline.
Training in martial arts is such a trying ordeal. You will be pushed both physically and mentally further than ever before. As a result, martial arts directly teaches you to practice self-discipline. It’s the only way to succeed in martial arts. But once you get the hang of it, you can also apply it to your everyday life.
By training in martial arts, you soon understand how important self-discipline is in the grand scheme of things.
4) You understand your true physical and mental potential
Last but certainly not the least, martial arts unlocks your true physical and mental potential. Things you never thought you were even capable of suddenly come within reach. You jump higher, run faster, punch harder. You’re smarter, quicker, and more intelligent. These all work towards bringing you to the best version of yourself, ever.
Martial arts allows us to realize our limits, and then it shows us how to completely and utterly shatter them. There is nothing impossible with martial arts. Everything is achievable. And this feeling transcends into our personal lives. Soon, we start feeling incredibly positive about life and what we can do with it.
By training in martial arts, we become better people overall both in society and on a deeply personal level. If you want to be the best that you can be, martial arts won’t let you down.
So if you’re looking to be the best version of yourself this year, why not give martial arts a try? Sign up for a complimentary trial class. You won’t regret it.
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