As any martial arts practitioner will tell you, there are multiple benefits in martial arts training. Of course, the most obvious benefit is knowledge of self-defense, which is one of the major reasons why the martial arts were developed in the first place. Knowing how to defend oneself and loved ones in a potentially dangerous situation is an asset in today`s world just as it was hundreds of years ago. Unlike often portrayed in the movies, martial arts are not just about fighting. Many people take up martial arts for the fitness benefits and as a recreational activity as well.
Training in martial arts such as Karate, Taekwondo, Kung Fu and other martial art styles improve one`s cardiovascular fitness as well as tone the muscular system. Strength increased from the calisthenics is usually employed within martial arts training but perhaps not to the same extent as working out with weights. But overall power of one`s body definitely increases since martial arts techniques teach how to use strength effectively.
Most people also improve their flexibility significantly while training in martial arts since entire ranges of motion from the body are exercised. This is especially true with martial art styles such as Taekwondo, Thai kickboxing as well as some schools of karate and kung fu where high kicks are used. All martial art styles will result in an improvement of one`s coordination as well.
Unlike many other forms of physical activity, martial arts also have a mental and sometimes spiritual element, which not only improves the mind`s focus but also helps in self-control. Emotions such as anger and fear are better controlled through martial arts. Many martial artists can find an inner peace through their training. In today`s hectic world, these particular benefits translate into one of the most effective stress management tools available. When training in a martial arts session or in a group class, all the day to day troubles of the world seem to be forgotten. People come out refreshed, energized and ready to tackle the big world out there.
Training in martial arts usually involves many little steps and progressions. As one advances in a martial art, the feeling of accomplishment comes with added confidence. This is especially beneficial for children who were not very confident in the first place. An increase in self-confidence for kids (as well as adults) will have a cross over effect in other areas of life such as in other sports and general self-esteem. Other challenges in life, both physical and mental, will be met with much less fear.
Martial arts training has so many great benefits covering physical, mental and emotional aspects that it`s no wonder why it has become one of the most popular activities for both adults and children. However, it is important to point out that not all martial arts programs will produce the range of benefits discussed. Programs that teach just combat fighting techniques may not result in the desired mental and spiritual benefits so it is important to search around for the right martial arts school that will offer the benefits one wishes to achieve.