When Sarah Gulston expatriated to Singapore in 2002, Muay Thai classes were the last thing on her mind. Her primary purpose for relocating was to further her career working as a Divisional Director for an insurance company.
Sarah has always had an affinity for Asian culture and martial arts, dabbling in a few different styles like Taekwondo, Kung Fu, and Wing Chun during her schooling years.
While getting acclimated to her new home, Sarah considered rekindling her passion for Taekwondo, but fate had something else in mind. During a business trip, she was exposed to Muay Thai for the first time, and she found herself intrigued by it. A few weeks later, she walked through the doors of Evolve MMA.
It was love at first sight for Sarah.
“My first trial was awesome,” Sarah recalls. “I found it really fun, and I really enjoyed it. I could tell that there were so many very experienced people there, and all the instructors were very careful and very attentive, so I thought it was definitely going to be a good place to be.”
Sarah credits her dedication to martial arts for a lot of the success she has enjoyed as a professional. She is grateful for all the values she has learned over the years.
Here are a few ways signing up for Muay Thai classes made it easier for Sarah to adjust to her new home in Singapore and allowed her to excel at work:
1) Provides serenity
Martial art training helps Sarah feel calm and content. That allows her to deal with any issues that come up at work with a positive attitude. Working in a fast-paced industry, being able to interact with clients and her team members effectively is crucial. The stress-relief Sarah gets every time she trains, allows her to think clearly when it’s time to come up with solutions to unexpected problems at work.
“Sometimes we miss the bigger picture, and we blame others for our own shortcomings or things that go wrong in life,” Sarah explains. “If you have a positive attitude about life, and a positive view of things, life will be easier and better for you. I can hear Kru Non say 200 knees and go ‘Oh my God! 200 knees’ or I can carry on and do 200 knees. And do the best 200 knees that I can do and achieve and feel better for having done it. Sometimes, martial arts give you the patience to let you see that it is a balance of having the power, but also having the control, and not being afraid of being stronger than you think you are.”
2) Provides energy to persevere at work
Motivation has never been an issue for Sarah, but martial arts have taught her how to push herself even more. The strength she gains from driving herself to complete difficult drills during her Muay Thai classes carries over when it is time to go above and beyond at work.
Attending martial arts classes daily also ensures Sarah’s body and mind are tired when it is time for her to get some rest, making it easier for her to fall asleep. That leaves her with more energy to tackle her days.
“Martial is so important to me. It’s important for my own sense of well-being,” Sarah explained. “It just gives me the energy to get on with my life, with my daily grind at work. If I come here, it cheers me up. It gives me the energy to carry on for the rest of the day.”
3) Makes it easier to see the big picture
Martial arts is all about makings consistent small gains. After some time, you get promoted to the next level. This constant progression teaches Sarah valuable life skills like discipline, hard work, respect, and dedication.
No one sees themselves performing advanced techniques the first time they step on the mat, but if you are disciplined and rarely miss classes, work hard every time you are at the gym, and dedicate yourself to becoming a better martial artist, you will find yourself moving quickly through the ranks.
At the end of the day, your rank is not all that important. It is the lessons you learn during your journey that will translate into other parts of your life like your career.
“It’s important not to focus on the end game, but to enjoy the journey,” Sarah added. “I’m enjoying feeling strong, feeling more confident.”
4) Opportunities to make new friends
Making new friends becomes increasingly difficult as you get older, especially if you find yourself immersed in a new culture half-way around the world. Luckily for Sarah, her decision to dedicate herself to Muay Thai gives her lots of opportunities to make new friends.
That is one of the great benefits of signing up for martial arts classes. You get to be a member of a closely-knit community that is made up of positive-minded people from all works in life. Your shared passion for martial arts will serve as a foundation to build friendships upon.
“I’ve made many friends,” Sarah says. “It’s like a big melting pot. It’s like a place where we are all equal. It doesn’t matter what your background is. And I am so happy that I am proud and humbled to be a part of this family.”
Martial arts can help you perform better at your job as well
The benefits Sarah has gained from training martial arts over the years continue to help her in her professional and personal life. You can also gain these benefits by signing up for a martial arts class as well. It’s never too late to start reaping the many rewards of martial arts.
Stop using your job as an excuse. If Sarah can fit martial arts classes into her busy schedule, so can you.
So if you’re looking for a way to get fit, relieve stress, and learn to defend yourself, sign up for a trial class today and start gaining the benefits of being a martial artist!
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