What will martial arts do for you?
Learning Martial arts is a popular choice for after school activities for kids, and the resurgence of popularity around fighting as sport, it has inspired more people in their 20’s and 30’s to take it up. But martial arts isn’t just about learning how to fight, it has many life lessons that are learnt training, but carry through to the different aspects of life.
Discipline is something that is learned, like a muscle is exercised, and in martial arts the discipline muscle gets exercised a lot. It gets drummed into you when you are training because mistakes cause injuries.
In our everyday life, there are always things that we know we should do, but avoid. Such as concentrating on our work, or eating properly. This is where being disciplined transfers into our day-to-day life, and where learning and practicing discipline in martial arts is beneficial.
Practicing martial arts is a great way to boost self-esteem. Working hard, practicing hard and achieving your goals is all a part of the journey.
Practicing martial arts also makes you accountable and responsible. You get judged on your performance and effort in martial arts, and the way to get better is to train and try harder. This means anyone, even those who may otherwise be at a loss, can strive and achieve in martial arts.
Create an understanding
By far one of the most resonating lessons from my martial arts experience is that events actually have to happen. The threat or the chance that something might happen does not necessarily guarantee that it will.
This understanding is about knowing the how. How you get attacked with a knife or how you can avoid dangerous areas. Events don’t just happen so being able to read the signs, and act before it is too late is a great lesson taught in martial arts.
You have control and are taught that if you understand what is happening around you, you can affect and change it.
Physical strength gets built via training, and training in fighting is something that really exhausts people quickly. Adrenalin is running and you are flexing a lot of muscles at a time which uses your energy quickly. Practicing in this environment can build strength quickly.
No one wins every time, and in martial arts this is prevalent. It’s those loses or those bad days and how we pick ourselves up and respond that gives us strength of character.
Practicing martial arts helps build trust, and understand trust better. You often work with other people when you’re honing your skills, and this can involve one on one or group based training. When training you learn how trust forms, which is a little at a time, until you get to a point where you don’t think you can trust that person, or you can fully trust them. In martial arts, trust gets earned.
When you’re training for martial arts you can practice when you want, this makes fighting on the street unappealing. Think about it like this. If you are a hairdresser for a living, and you do hairdressing 8 hours a day, do you want to come home after work and cut hair, or do you want to go out on a Saturday night and cut hair? Not really. Having an outlet is a great way to live your passion, and know when to put it away.
The martial arts are a great way to get fit, and learn life lessons that aren’t taught in the classroom, university or workplace.
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