Why Practice Martial Arts?

by on September 28, 2011

in Beginners Corner

By Damir Butkovic

 

Martial Arts are a great way to achieve your personal goals, get fit, learn new skills, live healthy, manage your stress, and lift your self-esteem and confidence.

Common misconception is that you have to be certain age to start training. This is true if you would like to become a world champion; then starting at younger age would be an advantage.

The great thing about Martial Arts is that you can start at any age and still be able to achieve levels of grading or results, if you are after it. You don’t have to have any physical predispositions, like in some other sports.

Training will make your body stronger, faster, and more coordinated. You will gain better balance, sharper mind, become more focused and have faster reactions.

Aikido students preparing to train
by Darij & Ana under CC BY
Aikido students preparing to train

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If you don’t know which one to choose, try to think whether you like to use your arms more than your legs. If that’s the case, then maybe you would like Boxing, Kung Fu or Aikido. If you like to use your legs more than arms, then Tae Kwon Do, Karate or Muay Thai should be your master art of choice. Are you a grappling type, maybe Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or Wrestling would be the right choice for you? Do you like more or less contact? There are many choices so I’m sure you will have no problem finding the one you like.

While practicing it is important to keep your focus at all times, so not only you are exercising your body but your mind is exercising too. This is important since the martial arts are a combat sport at the end.

Developing your martial art skills will give you more confidence in yourself and your abilities. You will be pushing yourself to the limits, you will learn a lot, you will be setting new goals, and when you achieve them, your self-esteem will grow.

A great thing about martial arts is that you don’t stop learning; there is always a new move, a new combination, a new kick. Even when you become very good at one martial art, there will be another one waiting for you to master.

Martial arts are a healthy way of living a life; physically and mentally.

Damir Butkovic is the founder of martialartsfreetips.com, an online community for people who need advice about mixed martial arts (MMA). For instant access, free exercise tips, strength training advice and guidelines for proper nutrition, go to http://www.martialartsfreetips.com

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Jaelyn April 27, 2012 at 11:34 am

This is a neat summary. Thanks for sahring!

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JK July 16, 2012 at 9:34 am

Would anyone with any experience of both recommend Ju Jitsu over Brazilian Ju Jitsu or vice versa? I’m over 40, never done MA, low to average fitness. Just wondering which to pick. Have also heard people praise Keysi and Krav Maga but they kinda look a little mental and Bourne Identity for my physique, ahem, I mean needs.
Thanks,
JK

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Brett Kraiger July 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I can’t speak for Jiu jitsu but whatever martial art you choose will probably be quite tough in the beginning. But as you improve you will start to adapt to whatever art you chose.

Best advice I have… Pick one, give it a go, see if you like it. Of you do then great! If not then change. 🙂

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