Amazing Benefits of Practicing a Martial Art
“I’m a Martial Artist ;
I see through different eyes
I see bigger picture;
When other see grey skies
I’m a martial artist
I’ll walk an extra mile.
Not because I have to,
but because it’s worth my while
I’m a Martial Artist
They say I walk with ease.
Through trained for bodily harm,
My intentions are for peace.
The world may come and go,
But a different path I’ll choose.
A path I will not stray from,
No matter win or lose.”
Often misunderstood, Martial arts is not only about self defence, it’s about self control, body discipline, mind discipline and breathing techniques. It involves yoga and meditation. It’s an Art not a sport.
Not only it is a great activity that keeps participants physically active , but it instills a sense of achievement and ethics as you work your way upto earning a black belt. But even if you have no previous experience in martial arts, it is still a great activity to pack up even as an adult.
And here are the reasons why, as we present the top benefits of martial arts:
1. Improves Physical health
No matter if you are interested in improving your cardiovascular health, losing weight or simply improving your mood, martial arts may be just what you need. Martial arts is a high aerobic workout that uses every muscle group in the body. Your stamina, muscle tone, flexibility, balance and strength will all improve through it.
2.Improves Mental health
“The Martial arts are ultimately self knowledge. A punch or a kick is not to knock the hell out of the guy in front, but to knock the hell out of your ego, your fear , or your hang-ups.” – Bruce Lee
One important aspect of martial art is feeling, accepting and controlling your emotions. The way you deal with your emotions will help you grow mentally. This will also help in everyday life with how you deal with others, from workplace to family discussions.
3.Builds up Self-Confidence
“To me, Ultimately Martial Arts means honestly expressing yourself.” – Bruce Lee
As you make progress through the belts, you become more confident in your ability to defend yourself. Martial arts also helps you build confidence by encouraging you to succeed. This is one of the great benefits of martial arts at any age. When you’re self assured, you approach more challenges with a can-do attitude, and as we all know, confidence goes a long way in breeding success.
“Behind the punches, kicks and knees, a true martial artist learns to sit with himself and sees where his weaknesses are.”
– Bruce Lee
At some juncture in life, every one of us comes to learn that the greatest obstacle we face in this lifetime is ourselves. The battle is fought between our self control and willingness to confront ourselves. This is where Discipline helps. It settles your mind to give the best thoughts and ideas your mind can. Furthermore, discipline helps to focus more and thus to achieve more.
5.Teaches Self Defence
“I don’t even call it violence when its in self defence, I call it Intellegence.” -Malcolm
Martial art not only keeps you excercising without any exertion but also builds the self defense skills in you. It helps you to improve your agility, balance, endurance, flexibility, and even your strength. It teaches you how to defend yourself physically as well as how to avoid physical confrontations in the first place.
6.Improves focus and builds concentration
“A successful artist is an average man with a Laser like- Focus .” – Bruce Lee
In this technical world, we all have become multitaskers which demands our time, attention and focus to be shifted constantly. As a result, we have a harder and harder time following through on tasks and staying on track. The rarest and most valued character these days is Focus.
Martial Arts gives you a short break from digital demands, improves your power of concentration and help you really focus.
7.Martial Art as the Best form of Exercise
Lifting weights and burning hour after hour in the gym gets boring pretty fast. Not martial arts. Since it has an ever-increasing series of challenges (belts / ranks, competitions, weapons clinics), it keeps things fresh. You learn new skills and techniques all the time. All the while, you don’t even realize you’re exercising!
This is the best thing about Martial Arts.
Martial arts offers so many benefits to the people of all ages, it was difficult to list them all. You might be thinking of a few more – some of you might have experienced.
So, If you haven’t tried martial arts till now, must give it a shot!
All the best! Cheers!