Reasons to Study Martial Arts
As a child I always loved watching movies. I would watch videos at home during my free time or after school, and over the weekends, we’d go to cinema halls with my siblings. As a matter of fact, I still love movies today, but due to many activities that I partake today, I don’t find time to watch movies as often as I did back then, and when I do, you will find me watching documentaries most of the time.
That does not imply that I never gained any interest in martial arts. Watching martial arts movies was to every school boy’s fantasy. There was the need to portray to our peer and mostly girls that we had matured to men. Also knowing and mimicking some styles of some legendary martial arts’ stars like Bruce Lee was a plus for any boy at school. It made you get respect from the big boys.
Martial arts may be considered as a sport today but it plays vital role in teaching one the skills of self-defense and also how to fight. For instance, kickboxing teaches one how to kick an enemy with tact and in the event that your enemy pins you to the ground, then knowledge of the Thai kickboxer can be used to hit back on the enemy. But that is no a good reason for one to train martial arts. What are the reasons then?
Martial Arts teaches one to Focus and be Alert
TVs, internet and other digitized devices have greatly drained the activeness of most kids and youth today. When the body is inactive, the mind becomes inactive too. This is a threat to us. During the training sessions, there is serenity in the training centers which is vital to reduce distractions and increase focus and attention.
Gain Self Esteem and Self Confidence
When one undergoes training in martial arts, he/she gets some overwhelming confidence and self esteem which boosts morale and productivity on his/her daily activities. The training also helps one accept that people have varying strengths which results to an atmosphere of mutual respect and humility.
Also when a person has the fighting skills, then worries of physical confrontations are minimal because one is relaxed and comfortable of dealing with the threat.
Connection of Mind and Body
Unlike in fitness centers, at martial arts centers a person is trained to listen to his/her thoughts and pay attention to inner instincts. For a person to experience awareness of his/her emotions and needs, and those of others then one has to feel and listen to his/her inner self. This enables one to tap into his/her inner intuition, fear or courage.
In martial arts training centers, one has to observe discipline. There must be respect for the trainers as well as other trainees. Also there are rules which one needs to abide with. These values are adopted by the trainee in his/her activities.
When you train for any martial art you gain the skills required and when the need to defend yourself or your loved one’s arises then these techniques can be put into use.