Here’s How Training Martial Arts Makes You A Better Decision Maker

While some people make being successful look easy, it just doesn’t occur by accident for anyone. Success typically comes as a result of a series of very good choices. Simply making a good decision once in a while isn’t enough to make all of your dreams come true. You need to establish making good choices as an integral part of who you are.

Those who have a hard time understanding this reality tend to have a difficult time accomplishing their goals.

Consistently failing to meet your goals can lead to lots of negative feelings and a general lack of confidence, especially when making important decisions.

If this sound likes you, there is no reason to settle for mediocrity. There are things you can do to improve your problem-solving skills and confidence, which will, in turn, help you make better choices.

One of these things is signing up for a martial arts class.

Martial arts classes will give you all the tools you need to relax, analyze events, and make intelligent decisions on a consistent basis. It will also provide lots of important health benefits like keeping you in shape and minimizing the effects of aging.

By exercising good judgment, you will be more likely to get the results you seek. Let’s take a look at how martial arts classes make you a better decision maker:

1) Improved problem-solving skills

One could easily say martial arts is all about solving problems. It isn’t uncommon to hear people compare styles like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to chess – which is one of the most recognized games of logic. That’s because every technique you perform is a response to a particular set of circumstances.

If an attacker is charging recklessly towards you, going for a takedown is a good way to use the person’s momentum against them. If your sparring partner is going for a submission while you’re mounted, that’s a good time to bridge and roll since your partner becomes off-balanced when shifting his/her weight.

You’re constantly being showed different scenarios when you train, and your job as a martial artist is to figure out the most efficient way for you to deal with what is going on around you. What works for one person won’t necessarily work for others. Every martial artist eventually develops their own personal style over time.

Things are turned up another notch when you spar. You still have to come up with the most efficient way to deal with anything your sparring partner does, but, this time around, you have a limited amount of time to react to things. You’ll also eventually get tired when you spar, which means you now have to solve complex problems while being out of breath.

That’s a lot tougher than any decisions you have to make at work.

Learning how to make good decisions while performing physically tasking activities will pay dividends while you’re at work.


2) Increases confidence

You’re more likely to end up making a bad decision when you keep second-guessing yourself. Sometimes, a belief in your ability to complete specific tasks can give you the motivation you need to overcome obstacles.

That’s how important self-confidence is. Often, it is one of the factors that determine if you succeed or fail at something.

Taking martial arts classes helps you build self-confidence regardless of how old you are. This confidence comes as your physical abilities improve over time, and from the many psychological lessons you learn while training combat sports like learning from your mistakes and never giving up even if a particular technique seems too difficult at first.

The more you train martial arts, the more you realize you can do anything you dedicate yourself to.

These are lessons that easily carry over to your professional life. For example, if there’s a new platform at the office that you’re having a hard time getting used to, you’ll be less likely to give up on becoming proficient with it. If you’re having a hard time meeting your sales quotas, your martial arts training will give you the strength you need to keep pushing forward. People who lack self-confidence are more likely to give up and quit in these scenarios.

Regardless of how you look at it, having improved self-confidence will lead to better decisions at work and when socializing with others.


3) Makes it easier to get a proper night’s rest

Your brain’s processing power is drastically reduced when you’re not fully rested. That doesn’t only lead to you feeling sluggish during the day; it also leads to you making poorer decisions since you’re not able to think as clearly as you usually do.

Sleep disorders are rather common nowadays with about a quarter of people worldwide experiencing problems falling asleep. That means about a quarter of the world’s population isn’t using their brain to its full potential on any given day. You can blame the fact many of us spend the majority of our days propped up in front of a computer screen. That leaves us with our bodies not being active enough for us to feel tired when it’s time to go to bed.

You won’t have to worry about not feeling tired at night when you sign up for martial arts classes.

Martial arts classes tend to be cardio intensive, so you can expect to burn up to 1000 calories each time you attend a 60-minute class. You’ll work up a sweat and release all the tension inside you. Your body will look forward to night time when it finally gets to repair itself.



It is impossible to overstate how important problem-solving skills are regardless of your age. Having the ability to consistently make good decisions isn’t just something that will be beneficial to you when you’re at work. It will improve your social interactions with people outside of work, as well as your family.

Don’t let your dreams and goals slip away from you. If you have a habit of making poor decisions, sign up for martial arts classes and start learning the tools you need to make better choices.

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