An often-misunderstood impression of martial arts is that it’s all about kicking and throwing punches, with no further purpose other than to get fit and learn how to defend yourself. While these are facets of the sport, the benefits and discipline gained from discovering one of the arts are far-reaching and will impact your life for the better on levels you would never have imagined possible. Be it karate, taekwondo or self-defense classes.
Keep reading to discover some of the ways martial arts can transform your mind, body and confidence.
Exercise is a vital part of ensuring a healthy lifestyle. However, with martial arts, there have been several proven and consistent benefits that go beyond being a physical activity. Medical research has established the following positive effects in people of all ages who practise martial arts:
- Cardiovascular and Blood Pressure
The intensity of martial arts can be adapted according to your fitness level and can continuously increase to improve your peak performance. Thanks to the training, the body reacts much the same as it would with high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and will slow your resting heart rate, improve your blood pressure levels and improve your overall endurance and stamina.
- Reflexes and Mobility
Repetitive motion training sharpens your body’s overall reflex reaction time – and you’ll notice that you’ll automatically react faster in all aspects of your life, not just while training. This is immensely beneficial, as your overall focus will be sharpened.
If you’ve struggled with tight muscles and inability to move fluidly, the mobility martial arts provide your body will be life changing. Prepare to extend your range of motion and you will no longer wake up with a stiff back or shoulders.
- Strength, Stability and Coordination
Martial arts teach you to use your body weight to achieve fitness and become stronger, without the need for heavy weights or gym equipment. The great benefit of this is that you’ll achieve full-body strength improvement while training your muscles to make you more physically stable and balanced. Hand-eye coordination will also improve vastly, which works brilliantly in conjunction with your improved reaction time.
- Mental and Emotional Benefits
Martial arts teach you to achieve and maintain a state of calm focus no matter what goes on around you. This is hugely beneficial as you’ll find you deal with everyday life stresses with a far more objective and clear state of mind, allowing you to deal with whatever comes your way in a much better manner.
On top of that, the confidence gained through these benefits provides students of all ages with the drive to take on life with vigour and greater self-esteem.
Are you ready to see how your mind, body and life can be transformed? Contact us if you’re interested in any of our classes – we look forward to having you join us!