THE MANY BENEFITS OF KARATE TRAINING
As any exponent of the martial arts will tell you, there are multiple benefits in martial arts training. Of course, the most obvious benefit is a knowledge of self defence which is one of the major reasons why the martial arts were developed in the first place.
Knowing how to defend oneself and our 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 as well.
Training in martial arts such as karate, tae kwon do, kung fu and other martial art styles will improve anybody´s cardiovascular fitness as well as tone the muscular system. Strength will increase from the callisthenics, usually employed within martial arts training, especially those isometric exercises where we use the body as a tool. Because in karate training we teach how to use strength effectively, the benefits in body conditioning go hand in hand with power and stamina.
Most people will 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 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, karate specially 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 karate in our case.
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, energised 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.
An important benefit of karate training for parents to note, is that children will generally become more disciplined from the unique formalities of martial arts classes. This is one benefit that is often lacking in other sports. Former ‘problem’ kids with bad attitudes could become well behaved and respectful as a result of taking martial arts a few times per week.
Respect is something that all martial arts instructors place great importance in during their classes. Martial arts kids are often very well behaved children, no matter what social economic backgrounds they come from, especially when confronted with the reality of master/student dedication and obedience.
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 fitness 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. This is why we offer FREE introductory lessons, and were the first in Australia promoting this scheme since 1988.
No one is forced to sign up anything or to buy anything or to pay for an hour´s lesson. Let´s everyone enjoy a karate class without being brainwashed into believing what they are doing is out of this world. Everybody comes to a karate class with a different view on things, and we as Masters should be there teaching and not poaching the benefits of the martial arts.