Why everyone should study martial arts

As our digitally connected lives get busier and busier many people are finding it harder to make time to exercise their bodies and connect with other real people. Yet exercise and personal connections are proven to help people live longer and healthier lives. Martial arts training not only can improve your body and mind but the time spent training with others on the mat can create deep and lasting relationships. 

Several of these benefits are listed here:

Total body workout: Martial arts are a high-aerobic workout that uses every muscle group in the body. Your stamina, muscle tone, flexibility, balance, and strength will all improve through martial arts.

Muscle tone: By participating in martial arts, you can significantly improve the amount of muscle mass you have in your body. The higher your muscle mass, the higher your metabolic demands will be, and subsequently the more calories you will burn each day, thereby helping prevent obesity and promote weight loss. High levels of muscle mass also lead to increased agility, thus preventing falls as you age.

Healthy lifestyle: Due to the total-body nature of a martial arts workout, tons of calories are burned during every class. However, you’ll also find that your natural eating signals become better regulated so food cravings will disappear, and you’ll eat less as a result.

Self-confidence: Due to the goal setting, positive encouragement and respect for values that are part of all martial arts programs, the most significant benefit usually reported by martial arts students is greater self-confidence. You become more comfortable in all situations – whether you’re in danger or merely doing a task that takes you beyond your comfort zone — and you’ll discover you can accomplish anything you set your mind.

Improved cardiovascular health: Research has found that the only real way to improve the status of the cardiovascular system is by participating in activities that stress the heart, such as martial arts.

Weight loss: A typical one-hour session of moderate intensity martial arts can quickly burn up to 500 calories.

Improved reflexes: Research has found that by participating in martial arts, you not only improve your reflexes while performing the activity but actually experience faster reaction times during all events of your life. This is very important in many daily activities, such as driving.

Focus and stillness: As Bruce Lee pointed out, behind the punches, kicks, and knees, a true martial artist learns to sit with himself and see where his weaknesses are. As a martial artist, you will learn what it is to be still, challenged and focused.

Character & values: Martial arts wisdom has it that after consistent practice, one becomes less impulsive and aggressive towards others. Respect for yourself and others is at the heart of the bow in martial arts, and that lesson is reinforced every time a student steps on to the training mat.

Better mood: Studies show that participating in a regular exercise routine is one of the best ways to improve your mood. Performing martial arts is not only an excellent way to relieve stress and frustration but may actually help to make you happier. The endorphins released by physical activity appear to be active in your body for as many as four hours after exercise.


To get these benefits for yourself just come to any of our martial arts classes in Keller, TX. 

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