What Martial Arts or Karate Training does for the Student.
Wow where to start with this one. The benefits of martial arts or karate are huge from health to confidence and of course self defense. Let’s start with what we, my self and my wife, have noticed in kids whom we have had the pleasure to see from
Total Ryu Martial Arts Matt Chatearly grade school through graduations from high school and beyond. (FYI we have been teaching for over 30 years).
These kids ended up being leaders in their preteen years and leaders and examples of what teenagers should be during the extremely tough teenage years. Martial arts taught them to lead by example. They also stood up for those who needed them and were highly regarded by their teachers and their peers. They were not arrogant but confident, they were not mean but nice, polite and respectful. These fantastic individuals were above and beyond any other teen. They were above the character of any of those who participated in sports or athletics, because those activities tend to lead to arrogance and entitlement.
Now as adults these people are pursuing their dreams. They are not afraid to take risks, they are still leaders of all those whom they come in contact with and still stand up for and help those who are in need. What was exemplified in their teens is perfected in adulthood. They make good decisions and are happy in what they are doing. They all look back on their training with me we fondness and excitement, many still train, others have moved away to pursue their life’s ambitions but they still stay in touch.
Without martial arts in my life, I can’t even imagine what it would be like. My process for making decisions, how I approach things, interact with people, in fact everything about me was shaped by my marital arts training. Just the shear knowledge that I can defend myself helps with confidence in any situation. Besides the mental aspect to training, the physical benefits are enormous and way to huge to quantify. I’m healthier, stronger, faster, more flexible, my coordination is great, asymmetrically and otherwise. Martial arts training tends to give practitioners a passion for health and fitness. They also tend to be healthier than they would be otherwise, Ive seen this in me and in those I have trained.
Question? Do you want these benefits that we have observed in ourselves and our students for you and or your kids? Who wouldn’t, but you have to commit to it. You have to commit to classes, to personal practice, to longevity in the art. I have been teaching for over 30 years now, and I can say that what is mentioned above is normal for martial arts partitioners. I have also observed that the benefits or martial arts training, character and otherwise is not normal for those kids who participate in sports. Sport activity is fleeting and most don’t or can’t continue after high school. Martial arts training is and can be a life time pursuit with benefits that cover all areas of health and fitness, mental and physical, confidence and ability. It is sad that others don’t see the value and benefit that training will give.
So commit for you and or your children today, be at class every week, learn to live the martial arts lifestyle and you and your family will be better off, healthier and happier.