Martial arts training has transformed millions of people all over the globe, and Melinda Chapple-McCamish is one of them. Melinda moved to Singapore from the UK to further her career, but it was learning martial arts that ended up having the biggest impact on her life.
Her journey started when her son, Zachary, inspired her to consider taking a martial arts class in Singapore.
“I actually started martial arts because my son came to Evolve as a vacationer,” Melinda explains. “I saw a really dramatic change in him just within two weeks of [him] starting [martial arts]. He was due to go to university. He was like, ‘Mom, come and do a class.’ And I said no, I’m too fat, I’m too old, I’m too unfit, I couldn’t possibly do anything. But he said something that really struck a chord with me. He said, ‘You can’t change being too old, but you can change being fat and unfit.'”
Melinda decided to give martial arts a try, and she hasn’t looked back ever since. She’s gone from weighing 83 kg to a slender 60 kg. The benefits of training didn’t stop there. Melinda has also transformed into a more confident person. She’s overcome her long-time phobia of being reluctant to speak in front of large crowds, she has more energy, and she’s optimistic about life.
“Learning martial arts, it’s actually given me a lot more confidence,” Melinda says. “I’ve lost a lot of weight. My diet is much healthier, and I have a more positive outlook on life. I used to really dislike public speaking, but now I’ve found my voice and I have the courage to stand in front of people and speak. It’s lowered my stress levels, and I have much more energy than I’ve ever had previously. It’s really nice that something I feel so passionate about outside of work has been able to have a positive impact not only on myself at the office, but also the people that I lead and manage.”
As inspirational as Melinda’s story is, it’s actually the norm to become more confident, leaner, healthier, and more energized when you start martial training. A single hour-long Muay Thai class can burn up to 1,000 calories. That makes it a lot easier to reach a caloric deficit, which is required for weight loss, especially when martial arts training is complemented with a healthy, balanced diet.
The confidence comes from pushing yourself every time you go to the martial arts gym. You can’t learn all the moves of any particular combat style in a single session, but you can pick up a couple of techniques every time you train. Stick to the training, and you’ll soon find yourself with an arsenal of techniques that once seemed too difficult. The growth you experience as a martial artist and the positive changes you see happening to your body reminds you that you can do anything you commit to.
The training will force your body to secrete “feel good” endorphins that leave you energized for the rest of the day. When it’s bedtime, your body will be tired enough that a good night’s rest comes naturally. A good night’s rest gives you all the energy you need to tackle whatever challenges come your way during the day.
The benefits of martial arts training don’t stop there though. You’ll also get to meet lots of interesting people who are always there to cheer you on and motivate you. Lifelong friendships are often started in the gym, and that’s particularly important when — like Melinda — you find yourself halfway around the world with few friends and family members around.
“I’ve come to realize that it’s not just a gym, it’s a community here,” Melinda adds. “And that’s why people look so relaxed and happy when they are training because it is a community. You’re training with friends, and, of course, you’re training with World Champions who actually make the whole experience amazing.”
Martial arts training at Evolve MMA has also brought Melinda closer to her son.
“It was quite a tough transition for the both of us,” Melinda says about relocating to Singapore. “But we train together, he encourages me. He’ll ring me up from university and say, ‘Mom, how many classes have you done today? What did you do? How long did you do? What have you improved on? What do you need to work on?'”
That’s the beauty of martial arts training, it’s a fun, healthy activity that the entire family can do together.
With two years of martial arts training under her belt, Melinda has received her level 2 certification for Muay Thai and boxing. These are accolades she’s very proud of, and so are her instructors at Evolve MMA.
“With her attitude, I think she can learn anything and become good at it,” three-time Lumpinee Muay Thai World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke says about his student. “When Melinda trains, she always smiles. She brings positive energy. I think Muay Thai has made her a happier person. She is also very focused when she trains.”
Melinda also has some excellent advice for anyone who is looking to take control of their lives.
“You’re never too old, or too fat, or too unfit, or too busy, or too anything,” Melinda adds. “The journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. All you need to do is come in, do a trial class, and you will love it.”
There’s no need to make excuses when it comes to being the type of person you want to be. Martial arts training can make you a more confident, happier, leaner, tougher version of yourself. The benefits of training will pay dividends in your personal and professional life.
What are you waiting for? Schedule a complimentary introductory class with Evolve MMA and begin your transformation today.
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