Benefits of the Martial Arts for Adults

April 20, 2018 sensei

      There are many benefits to the Martial Arts, too many to talk about here, in fact, so we are going to focus on three.  If you are reading this you are probably aware of the boast in confidence and physical health along with the increased ability to defend yourself, so we can ignore them for now.  I want to talk about stress relief and reduction, having more energy for day to day life, and the focus on YOU.

Let’s start with stress. It is an unfortunate part of life that can’t be avoided and it is up to us to find good ways to handle the stress that does come our way.  Martial Arts is a healthy, fun, and efficient option for reducing and relieving your stress.  The full body workouts are great at releasing the tension the builds up in the muscles.  The drills force you to be 100 percent focused on the here and now, which is a fantastic thing when the deadline is approaching all too quickly.  In the long run, everyday stressors become less stressful when you have faced down drills like “The Gauntlet” and “Shark Bait” a few hundred times.  There is nothing like a Martial Arts class to relieve your stress. (If “The Gauntlet” intimidates you, keep reading and we will retract its claws soon.)

     Now we can move on to the excess energy.  One outcome of being more physically fit that not everyone knows about is the increase in energy.  The extra reserves come from your muscles not needing to work as hard to complete normal day to day tasks. As you start pushing the muscles, challenging them and yourself to be stronger (after they are done complaining) you will realize the things you do every day, like walking, are easier.  This is because you started the day with more energy in the tank so all the things you usually do, used a lower percentage of your daily allotment.  A good class will also show you what it means to truly be tired and you might find that your tank holds more energy than you thought.

      Lastly, I want to touch on the YOU focused class structure.  I am not saying that you are going to be in the spotlight with all eyes on you, but Martial Arts classes and drills are extremely adaptable. The drills that work great for the advanced student works just as well for the beginner.  Becuase you are generally not using weights it is very easy for you to decide how hard to push.  This means that when we go through “The Gauntlet” I can push as hard as I can and create a puddle of sweat around me, while you can take it easy until you are more comfortable.

     I could tell you about how Martial Arts teaches you to think more creatively, improves leadership skills, helps you overcome fears, and all the other benefits that people do not realize exists, but if I did this article would never end.  Instead, I will just remind you that Martial Arts have so much to offer and everyone, especially YOU, should at least try a class.