Why Practicing a Martial Art is Good for You

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Martial arts remain a mystery to many people despite its growing popularity over the years. There is still a lingering perception that not everyone is up to the seemingly painful and violent nature of practicing them. But learning a martial art is not about embracing violence as a part of life. It is more about developing the patience to avoid conflict. Like any other sport, practicing a martial art is good for you. Here are some of the reasons why.

It’s a character builder

Discipline, honor, and respect are some of the fundamental teachings across different martial arts. It is deeply embedded in traditional martial arts like aikido, karate, and kendo. Students learn to respect their teachers, seniors, and even their juniors. They are taught philosophies that promote etiquette. Honor is strongly built into various martial art systems. Those who practice the arts are able to tap into these lessons to build character.

It promotes self-mastery

Self-discipline paves the way for self-master. You can learn a lot about discipline when you practice a martial art. Showing up and sticking to a training routine regardless of how tough it get is a form of discipline that brings you a step farther into the path to self-improvement. Discipline in martial art also takes the form of the ability to deal with conflict without resorting to violence.

It gives you the experience of being in the zone

Artists, performers, athletes, and martial artists have talked about being in the zone or what is also known as the flow. It is a state where everything seems to flow seamlessly. The mind is empty of needless thoughts and instead focused on the here and now. And by being fully present in the moment, the mind and body is completely engaged with the task at hand. In the zone, you are left undisturbed by distractions. Instead, you perform at your best regardless of the challenges you have to overcome to complete the task.

It teaches you what it takes to succeed

The lessons in martial arts set you up for success. More importantly, it helps you understand what it takes to succeed in martial art or in life. It teaches you to set goals and to persevere to achieve them. One of the important lessons you learn when learning a martial art would be this: There is no shortcut to success. It often takes years of continuous practice to advance to a higher level. Many who are considered masters in their arts believe in the importance of maintaining a beginners’ mindset. So essentially, there is no end in sight towards mastery. You are in for the long haul. The ability to persevere sets you up to succeed in any endeavor in life.

It builds confidence

You gain confidence every time you overcome the challenges in training. As you develop the skills, you begin to believe in your own abilities. You begin to welcome situations that may require you to step out of your comfort zone. You become comfortable in dealing with the difficulties practicing a martial art sometimes present.