Have you ever thought of taking up martial arts training and if so, why? Well, the reasons most folk choose to do this are as varied as the people themselves. Nonetheless, which ever style of martial arts you decide to partake in you are sure to experience clear physical, mental, and emotional benefits. Let’s take a look at some of these in a little more detail.
The physical benefits will be obvious, in all probability after your very first day of training, depending, of course, on the style of training and the school you attend. Muscles that you didn’t know were in existence will feel tender and any thoughts you had of being in a reasonably good condition before you started will soon disappear. However, following a few months practice you will discover your flexibility and endurance have improved immensely. You will also find your overall nimbleness and agility will be enhanced even though this will not be apparent until well into your training routine.
The mental benefits, although they take a longer period of time of training to develop, include an improved hand to eye coordination and an aptitude to determine distance. Your reflexes will be sharpened and overall accuracy will get better. This is the main point of weapons training in most forms of martial arts with combat/self-defense coming in a close second. As you continue with your training you will notice a huge progression in your agility skills. Your sense of balance will be defined and you will become more comfortable with yourself. This is the reason why baseball players, especially the Japanese, take up Aikido training.
The last kinds of benefits people usually think about when taking up the practice of martial arts are those of an emotional nature. This is a delicate subject as it has a lot to do with attitude. You will find that you take stress, at work for example, in your stride when you are training and issues in your personal life will be better coped with. Martial arts training, of course, will not make all your problems disappear but you are likely to find them easier to deal with. Overall, emotional benefits are probably the most important ones you will get out of your training schedule and the ability to manage your stress levels is probably the most underrated one of all.
These three kinds of benefits are all intertwined and normally appear in the order above. The physical benefits come first, followed by the mental advantages and then the emotional ones usually show up when someone points something specific out to you. When you feel better physically and mentally you develop a sense of well being and this is the reason why martial arts practice is not only good for self defense but also for your life as a whole.