Here’s How Martial Arts Strengthens Relationships

When you think of martial arts, what first comes to mind is a challenging solo undertaking. A lot of work goes into learning martial arts, perhaps more than people truly understand, and a great chunk of martial arts involves self-discovery.

But what many don’t realize is that, even in martial arts, progression is so much easier when there is teamwork involved. Having a partner learn and grow with you when practicing martial arts is essential to your development as a martial artist. Those who choose to train martial arts with their partners instantly realize its many benefits, as having someone you can trust invest heavily in your progress is invaluable.

Furthermore, practicing martial arts as a couple can be a very beautiful thing. It can help couples discover and connect with each other on a deeper level, and gives them something to enjoy together. If you’re looking for something to spice up your relationship, maybe martial arts is just the thing to ignite the fire of passion that burns inside.

Today, Evolve Daily shares five ways martial arts can take your relationship with your significant other to the next level.

1) It’s the perfect couple bonding activity

Tired of the same, repetitive date nights? Are things becoming increasingly predictable in your relationship? Spice things up with a healthy dose of martial arts. It could be the very thing that pulls you both closer together.

Martial arts is the perfect couple bonding activity. Uncovering the thrill and allure of martial arts together is a unique experience. Whether you choose to hold each other’s pads in boxing, roll and try new grappling techniques together in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, or partake in some light sparring, having a partner by your side in martial arts training is just pure awesome.

It’s also a great alternative to Friday nights. If you’re the type of couple who has trouble thinking of fun things to do, martial arts gives you an amazing new hobby to indulge in with your partner. So the next time you want something fun to do with the person you love, give martial arts a try.


2) You’ll discover each other’s strengths and weaknesses

Angela Bruno Engagement Photo

ONE Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee and BJJ World Champion Bruno Pucci from the Evolve Fight Team share a love for martial arts.

Along the way, you and your significant other will begin to discover many things you never knew about each other. You’ll each uncover various strengths and weaknesses, things you both are awesome at, and even lots of things you aren’t too great at.

Best of all, you’ll both discover each other’s distinctive character traits both physically and emotionally.

Martial arts offers a unique look into what makes people who they are. How does one handle physical and mental pressure? When faced with various challenges, how is one able to find solutions and overcome obstacles?

Martial arts helps us learn many things about our partners. We’ll learn of each other’s flaws, and how to improve upon them. In the end, we’ll all have much better relationships because we have chosen to focus on being better for each other.


3) You’ll be responsible for each other’s success

Spending time with your partner in the martial arts gym is time well spent!

Who is more heavily invested in your growth than your life partner? Couples undoubtedly want the best and only the best for each other. During your martial arts journey, there is no better cheerleader than the person standing right next to you.

Your significant other wants you to be the best you can be. If there’s a challenge you currently face, having someone by your side to support you is simply awesome and can push you to achieve what you never thought possible. Our significant others are there to motivate us through the toughest parts of training, and will definitely be rooting for our success.

In the same manner, training in martial arts together also gives you the opportunity to be there for your partner. Just as he or she is your greatest support system, you too can fill the same role. The bottom line is, martial arts is so much better when training together, as opposed to training all by yourself.


4) Teach each other new techniques

Ken and Jewlez Lee, who both hold multiple black belts in various martial arts, have trained all their children themselves.

Sharing your martial arts journey with your significant other means you’ll be able to teach each other techniques while addressing your flaws and playing to your strengths. Aside from listening to your instructors, your partner is the most powerful voice in your ear, motivating you to get through training’s most challenging junctures.

You could be great at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu while lacking skills in Muay Thai. This is where your partner comes in and helps you with your striking. You can teach each other new techniques, pinpoint technical flaws and how to fix them. Most importantly, your partner can assist you by being completely honest and tell you what you need to work on.

Sometimes it takes the piercing voice of reason from our partners to help us realize what we are doing wrong, and how we can improve our technique.


5) You’ll develop unwavering trust in each other

Of course, the more quality time you spend with your significant other, the more you will develop an incredible trust in each other. And when you think about it, aren’t all great relationships based on unfailing trust? Some say trust is the very foundation of strong relationships. By training in martial arts together, you can strengthen that trust tenfold.

The more time you spend together in training, the more familiar with each other you will become. You’ll learn each and every aspect of each other as martial artists, and develop an unbreakable bond that lasts far beyond the martial arts gym.

Undoubtedly, your relationship with your significant other will be much stronger as a result of training together in martial arts. It may even take your relationship to the next level.


Maybe you’re already into martial arts and want your significant other to join you in your journey. Perhaps you’re looking for a fun new activity you can do as a couple to spice things up in your relationship. Martial arts could be the perfect thing to come into your lives. So give it a try, and sign up for a trial class today! Bring your partner along and see why so many couples have decided to train together!

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