Signing up your team for martial arts classes can improve how well you all work together, and it gives you a fun activity you can all bond over. Martial arts are mostly known for fighting techniques you can defend yourself with, but there’s a lot more to them than that.
Martial arts classes are one of the most effective character-building activities around. It provides you and anyone you take with you with physical, mental, and relational skills that will carry over to other facets of your life.
Eight Reasons To Sign Your Team Up For A Martial Arts Group Class
From people you work with to clients you do business with, martial arts classes can help to strengthen your relationships with them. Some of the benefits of enrolling your team in martial arts classes include:
1) It’s Fun
Most jobs start to feel monotonous regardless of how passionate you are. Martial arts classes can be an excellent way to break up the monotony and put your team in a new environment. You’ll have so much fun during these training sessions that you’ll find yourself looking forward to your next opportunity to attend classes.
It’s a great way to get to know your team members better and to interact with their fun sides. The rapport you build in the dojo will carry over when you get back to work.
2) It Encourages Team Building
Team-building exercises are a significant part of martial arts classes. Some techniques you’ll learn at the dojo require you to work with different training partners to practice them. This forces you to interact with other people in classes, setting the stage for new friendships and creating opportunities to overcome existing barriers between team members.
It’s almost natural for people to break themselves into cliques, but team-building exercises like martial arts classes provide an opportunity for people to work together.
Modern life can be stressful as many of us find ourselves overworked and poorly rested. Feelings of frustration and stress can quickly build up in anyone, leading to negative interactions between team members.
Martial arts classes are an effective stress management tool. Many of the exercises performed in martial arts, like striking a heavy bag, serve as destructive therapy. Destructive therapy is a stress management technique that allows people to take out their anger, stress, and frustration on inanimate objects like plates, TVs, or heavy bags.
Martial arts classes also give you a good mix of aerobic and anaerobic training, which releases feel-good hormones in the brain. Everyone walks out of the dojo feeling better than they did when they walked in.
4) Improved Health
Martial arts classes give your team members physical exercise, which leads to improved physical health. Doctors recommend getting at least 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise five days a week. Doing so protects you from various health issues like heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Regular exercise in the form of martial arts classes also boosts your team members’ immune systems, making them less likely to skip work due to illness.
5) Improves Confidence
Martial arts classes are a tremendous confidence-building activity. It gives you and your team members a fast feedback loop as you try to learn different techniques. Undoubtedly, you will run into a few techniques you might find too challenging at first, but by working with your team members and instructors, you’ll eventually figure it out. In some cases, all this takes place during a single class. The fast feedback loop reminds you that you and your team members can overcome any challenge if you keep working towards it.
The increased confidence everyone gets will carry over to the work environment. Your team members will be more open about trying new things, even if they expect it to be challenging.
6) Helps With Weight Management
Obesity is a global issue, and it’s linked to many common health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The fact most of us spend too much time sitting at a desk doesn’t make it any easier for us to maintain healthy weights.
Martial arts classes can provide the much-needed exercise you and your team need. You get a nice mix of anaerobic and aerobic exercises, forcing your heart and lungs to work harder than they usually do. Some martial arts like Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Boxing can burn up to 1000 calories per hour.
The formula for weight loss is consuming fewer calories than your body needs daily. Doing so forces your body to tap into fat deposits for energy. Burning up to 1000 calories during martial arts classes makes it easier for you and your team members to maintain a healthy weight. The healthier your team members are, the more productive they’ll be.
7) Improved Focus And Problem-Solving Skills
It’s easy to be preoccupied with the physical aspects of martial arts training, but the mental aspects are just as important. Martial arts classes improve your focus as you pay attention to instructors breaking down techniques for you. The little details are often the difference between being able to master a technique and struggling with it. The more you train, the more you appreciate the importance of being entirely focused when discussing things.
Martial arts also force you to problem solve as you spar with your team members. You continuously try to figure out the most effective way to defeat your sparring partner while they do the same. This leads to a chess match of sorts that involves physical movements. This teaches you how to make intelligent decisions under pressure.
8) Improved Discipline
The more disciplined you are with your martial arts training, the faster you pick up techniques. You or some of your team members might slack off at first when you first start training, but you’ll quickly realize others who take their training more seriously pick up new techniques faster than you do. The fast feedback loop shows you the importance of discipline, and you’re likely to take your new-found appreciation of discipline to your work environment. The same goes for your team members.
Give Martial Arts A Try!
If you’re looking for an activity that helps work up a good sweat and bring your team closer, why not consider giving martial arts a try? Apart from the various benefits you and your team and reap, it might just be the push your team needs to achieve that increase in productivity and efficiency at your workplace!
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