There is a reason that martial arts can be traced back thousands of years. The vast array of benefits that can be obtained from practicing the likes of boxing, Muay Thai or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (or their ancient equivalents) means that many other organizations outside of the ancient militaries began to promote it. What started as a weapon of war evolved over hundreds of years into tools for self-defense, balance, emotional control, and self-actualization. Today martial arts are prescribed as part of a treatment plan for such diverse things as ADHD, PTSD, and depression.
Martial arts improves your life, of that there is no doubt. But those who have never practiced a martial art may not be fully aware of just what benefits they can expect.
To that end, we are going to list nine crucial things the martial arts is sure to help you improve in.
1) Overcoming Your Fears
While many of us have specific phobias, one of the universal truths of fear and humans is that we are more afraid of the actual feeling of fear than anything else. Martial arts puts you into chaotic situations where you are likely to feel some fear or doubts at first. Learning to handle and control your emotions in these moments is the first step to conquering all fears.
You can begin to feel, digest, and understand these waves of emotion as they come over you. Later on, you will feel it when doing another activity, like jumping off a tall diving board, but your martial arts training will have trained you to understand and control that fear.
2) Being Disciplined
We don’t naturally seek out discipline. The ability to do what needs to be done, even when you don’t want to do it, is a real skill and something most of us will never truly master. A structured martial arts lesson plan will slowly develop your skills over time. This requires a great deal of patience as well the need to keep showing up day after day. As you progress you begin to see the fruits of these efforts.
Eventually, you will wake up one day to see that this weekly training grind has made you into a more confident, capable and healthy individual. From then, you will understand the necessity of putting the required work into something and doing it right.
As we stated in discipline, martial arts helps you create a structure and methodology around learning. You begin to understand the importance of patience and perseverance; you will also come into contact with multiple teaching styles. Many martial artists are cerebral; others are much more physical – part of the challenge is learning about yourself and how you learn best.
Eventually, you will better understand your habits (both good and bad) and how you best take in, digest, and comprehend complex information.
While the idea of a martial arts master having seemingly superhuman focus is a bit cliche, it also isn’t that far fetched. A fighter pilot, a martial arts World Champion, and even a surgeon are all examples of professionals who can do incredible things after years of mental and physical training. An intense level of focus is what allows humans to operate at our highest levels – regardless of the profession.
Martial arts just happens to be a great vehicle for building focus. Most of the activities require coordination between both your body and mind, as well as an awareness of both you and your opponent. The drills you learn train you to take in all this information and process it, i.e., the training allows you to focus and accomplish seemingly impossible tasks.
5) Making Friends
Simply put, if you enjoy martial arts then taking a class will quickly introduce you to a lot of like-minded people with which you already have something to talk about. After a few months of regular martial arts classes, you will likely find yourself with a whole new group of friends.
You will now also have a sort of kinship with the millions of other martial artists around the globe.
6) Staying Energized
There is a lot of science regarding the effect of regular exercise and your energy levels. Some research has found that regular exercise can actually have a greater effect on your energy levels than stimulants. Exercise has also been shown to help boost the energy of people suffering from chronic fatigue and serious illnesses.
So instead of grabbing another cup of coffee, perhaps consider lacing up some gloves.
One thing that can be seen when looking at martial arts practitioners and their martial art journey is the correlation between martial arts and success in work and business. The thing is, a large number of CEO’s and celebrities are martial artists, so there must be something going on.
We have written entire articles on the subject, but suffice to say, for now, the way the martial arts makes you better at work was covered in the previous items. The ability to concentrate, focus on your job, learn, stay energized, keep a cool head, etc. these all make for both a better employee and employer.
Whether you are a savvy entrepreneur or just looking for a new job, the tools the martial arts give you will be invaluable in helping you secure your future financial success.
8) Eating Healthy
One of the toughest parts of getting in shape is changing your diet. While being a martial artist isn’t going to stop you from eating junk food, it will provide incentives for you to eat healthier.
When it becomes a mission of yours to be able to perform at your best, to accomplish certain moves, or to simply keep up with the rest of the class, you will begin to feel the motivation to make healthier life choices.
Martial arts gives you a reason to want to be in shape and something to excel at once you do.
9) Looking Your Best
This ties in with eating better – those same justifications will cause you to exercise more as well (and you may even enjoy it now!). The result is that you will not only walk with more confidence (a big part of the attraction), but you will also actually look and feel better overall.
Now that you understand how martial arts can help you grow as a person in more ways than one, there’s no reason not to give it a try. The first step is to sign up for a complimentary trial class and get a taste of it first hand.
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