Have you ever thought about changing your life but haven’t quite gotten around to doing it? Then practicing martial arts is definitely for you.
Many people associate martial arts with Bruce Lee movies, Kung Fu, or simply as an alternative way to keep fit. Yes, it’s a nice change from your typical gym routine and yes, you’ll definitely lose weight, but there are so many more mental, emotional and spiritual benefits that enhance the physical ones.
It’s about discovering your passions and living them, and being the best version of yourself possible. It’s about unleashing that warrior spirit hidden within us all.
1) You’ll be scared at first.
Your first class might seem intimidating, but chances are, most of the people there feel exactly the same way. Throwing a punch in boxing class or learning how to pull guard in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu might feel awkward at first, but you’ll get used to it! What’s important is that you’ve made the decision to actually start and that’s usually the most difficult part!
2) You’ll never be afraid again.
The more you train martial arts, the more you become used to the movements and techniques that you learn in class. You’ll eventually find yourself wanting to learn more and attending other martial arts classes to see what they’re like. You’ll be up for anything!
3) You’ll make mistakes.
Sure, training martial arts takes time to get used to. You’ll make mistakes here and there, and so will your teammates! You’ll soon realize that nobody is perfect and that learning martial arts is a lifelong process. It’s not something you’ll pick up instantly.
4) You’ll learn from them.
One of the greatest lessons you’ll learn from training martial arts is that the mistakes you make in class will make you an even better martial artist, provided that you learn from them. By training even more, you’ll slowly iron out those mistakes and eventually turn them into your strengths.
5) You’ll realize you aren’t perfect.
You’re constantly making mistakes and your instructor doesn’t hesitate to point them out. You start to do a bit better and on some days, it just feels like nothing is going right! That’s the harsh reality of beginning any fitness journey, especially martial arts. You’ll realize that there’s still so much to improve on!
6) You’ll realize that you’re OK with that.
The more you train martial arts, the more you accept that you’ll make mistakes every now and then. It’s all part of the learning process and it’s what makes you a better martial artist in the end!
7) You’ll learn more about yourself.
When you start your martial arts journey, you’ll experience many ups and downs in training. You’ll endure a rollercoaster of emotions and at the end of the day, you’ll realize that you’ve survived it all. And you’ll look forward to doing it all over again!
8) You’ll learn how to love yourself.
The more you discover your true self, the more accepting you will be of everything that comes along with it. Whether it’s making mistakes, tapping out after a difficult roll, or being knocked down by someone less experienced, it’s something that you just take in stride. It’s simply part of your martial arts journey, which is now a part of who you are.
9) You’ll be HAPPY!
Know that funny feeling you get in your tummy right after an exhilarating martial arts class? Yup, that feeling of extreme satisfaction is because you’ve survived a class despite how horrible you felt earlier. It’s called happiness and it definitely feels awesome!
10) You’ll wonder why it took you so long to start.
When you start training regularly, the benefits of martial arts become even more apparent. You start feeling more confident, not only because of the way you look and feel, but also because of the new skills you’ve developed. You’ve become this changed person and you like it – which makes you wonder, why did you only start now?
11) You’ll make new friends for life.
Know those people who started BJJ class with you, who taught you how to tap after being submitted, how to try to land on your feet when you got swept? These are the same people that you’ll hang out with every single training session and will be your new friends for life. They’ll be there to cheer you on when you compete and commiserate with you when you can’t train. Where else can you find a better deal?
There’s no doubt that the benefits of martial arts are endless. The more we train, the better we want to be, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Through martial arts, we learn valuable lessons that are transferable to all aspects of our lives. So why wait? Start training martial arts now and get ready to change your life for the better!