Ten great reasons to try martial arts before you die

If you have always dreamed of performing a perfect roundhouse kick or just wanted to embrace that pure animal physicality that Bruce Lee brought to everything he ever did in life, but haven’t tried martial arts just yet, you are really missing out.

Here are just a couple of reasons why you want to embrace martial arts before you die!

  • It’s an amazing workout

Regardless of the style of martial arts that you decide to practice, you will be able to rip through more calories than you ever could have imagined doing a more “standard” kind of exercise.

  • You’ll push yourself outside your comfort zone

It’s absolutely impossible to grow as a person when you continue to do the same things over and over. Martial arts will force you outside of your comfort zone.

  • You’ll get a lot stronger

Martial arts will build your mind and your body – both of which need to be as strong as possible to compete in our ultracompetitive modern world. This explains why kickboxing classes are popular in Manhattan with office workers who want a competitive edge in their 9-5.

  • Self-defense becomes effortless

One of the biggest reasons most people get into martial arts training is because it is a great way to learn how to defend yourself against anything and everything our uncertain world may throw at you.

  • Boost your confidence through the roof

Martial arts are going to require you to focus, to train, and to develop your mind and your body as well as that connection between those two. You’ll gain more confidence in yourself and your abilities as you become a martial arts practitioner.

  • Learning how to adapt becomes easy

Martial artists need to be able to adapt on-the-fly to whatever a particular situation requires. This adaptability will definitely spill over into the rest of your life.

  • You’ll make strengths stronger and weaknesses stronger, too!

Martial arts will train your body and your mind to hone your strengths to a razor’s edge but to also develop your weaknesses so that they aren’t weaknesses any longer. The health benefits of martial arts are well documented in peer-reviewed journals, so science supports our claims.

  • Setting goals and achieving them snowballs motivation

As you progress through different levels of martial arts training you’ll be able to set new goals, work hard to achieve them, and then enjoy the rewards of successfully doing what you set out to do. This is the best form of motivation there is!

  • You’ll learn more about other cultures

Every martial art practice today has embedded inside of it the DNA of the culture that created it. It’s impossible to learn a martial art and not learn about that culture as well.

  • You’ll learn more about yourself as well

You’ll also learn plenty about yourself, your strengths, your weaknesses, your tolerance for pain, and your commitment when you practice a martial art. It doesn’t get much better than that!

3 BIG Reasons To Consider Enrolling Your Child In Martial Arts Training

My 13-year-old son is a 2nd-degree black belt in Ernie Reyes’ West Coast Martial Arts. He has been in martial arts training since he was 6 (7 years now), and it has been one of the best investments we have ever made.

Here are just 3 benefits of martial arts training for kids you should consider:

  1. Develop Unshakeable Self-Confidence: As your child develops, he or she begins to be self-aware, which may make them feel unsure or self-conscious. Most children have a desire to try something new, impress their friends with a talent, and to feel secure about themselves. By studying martial arts, children develop a sense of accomplishment and skill that builds their self-image and boosts their confidence.
  2. Build Strong, Healthy Bodies: Well-rounded martial arts training includes stretching, warm-up exercises, drills, sparring, and techniques–all of which work to improve coordination and strength. If done regularly, martial arts is one of the best ways for children to stay in great shape and have FUN doing it.
  3. Improve Self-Discipline: Any martial arts training such as karate or taekwondo is a fantastic way to improve a child’s self-discipline. Students must follow the commands of their instructors, and practice outside of class time is essential to develop the skills to move up the ranking or belt system. With the understanding that they must perform what they have learned and practiced in front of an evaluating instructor pushes a child to pay attention and work hard. Few qualities will help a child more in the future than good self-discipline.

There are many martial arts schools in almost every city and town, but knowing which ones are good can be tricky. Not all dojos are created equal. There are also online martial arts training programs and video programs that can be useful if you possess the discipline to train on your own.

When selecting a martial arts school, it is worth your time to do some pre-screening homework. Does the school have a long-standing reputation in the community? Have you spoken with the owner and visited the location? When you visit, you will want to pay special attention to their methods of communication. Do they have dates and times clearly posted? I cannot stress enough how important it is that a martial arts school communicate with both parents and children. Doing this little bit of homework on the front end will save you tons of frustration later on down the road.

Martial arts training can be a pretty big financial and time investment. Do it right, and it will pay off BIG TIME for your child! Take it from a dad who knows!