The Many Benefits of Martial Arts

The Many Benefits of Martial Arts

Martial arts which can include disciplines such as Judo, Karate or Taekwondo all started out as forms of self defense where you don’t use weapons but instead you use your hands and feet.  Different styles have developed all over the world and each has their own style differentiating them from the others.  Martial arts have been practiced for thousands of years, today they are largely considered a sport and people compete from all over the world.  Martial arts has numerous benefits, not all of which are physical.  Let’s look at the many benefits of Martial Arts and why they are so popular.

Physical Activity

Many people start taking martial arts classes for the exercise.  They can get in some intense exercise a couple of times a week doing something they love versus going to the gym and hopping on a treadmill.  Lack of physical activity and obesity are huge problems in our society and most of us can do with more exercise, martial arts can help you control your weight, strengthen your muscles, improve your flexibility and increase your stamina.  All of which are great health benefits.


Many women and children are enrolled in martial arts to learn self defense.  You will learn how to defend yourself if you are ever attacked but that isn’t all.  Most instructors will also teach how to avoid conflict or how to resolve it without the situation having to become violent.  Kids in particular learn that martial arts doesn’t resemble anything like how it is portrayed in the movies.  Here is a look at the different styles that focus on self defense.


Self discipline is one of the big reasons that parents enrol their children in martial arts, every parent wants a child that is independent and has the self-discipline to succeed at whatever they want to do.  Martial arts isn’t just about the physical aspects of the discipline, there is a very big mental component to it as well.   In order to advance from one belt level to the next it requires the student to practice and develop your skills.  That means repeating the movements you have learned until you master them.  Discipline is an integral part of martial arts and a good teacher will help you to achieve that.

There are numerous benefits to martial arts and that is why it is one of the most popular sports around today.  Parents are signing their kids up in droves because of the life lessons that it teaches them.  If you haven’t given martial arts a try you should consider it.

Finding the right Martial Arts School for Your Kids

Finding the right Martial Arts School for Your Kids

Putting your kids in martial arts has so many benefits, they learn discipline, get exercise and it’s a chance to make new friends.  As a parent you probably pick a school based on proximity and price, you have a ton of choices.  That is not all there is to a martial arts school you also need to consider the instructors along with the type of martial arts that are being offered to students. Here are some of the things you should look at when finding the right martial arts school for your kids.

The Instructor

The skills of the instructor should actually be among the first things that you look at when choosing a martial arts school.  Do they work well with children?  Are they confident yet courteous, are they treating their students with respect?  You can have your child try out a class or two to see if they will like it, if not they can check out a different school.

The Style of Martial Arts

The style of martial arts really doesn’t matter to your kids, they probably don’t understand the difference between Karate and Judo.  You really want to look beyond the style, each style offers something different but want you want your child to learn is self-defense.  The instructor should focus on discipline and the ability to defend oneself.

The Ability to “Try Out” the Class

Most schools will give you a class or two for your child to try it out before making a financial commitment to more classes.  They offer introductory courses once a month or so.  That gives you the chance to check out the instructors and see if it is the right fit for your child.  It gives your kids a chance to see if they even like martial arts and to learn that it is much different from television.

Do Some Research

All schools should have a website where you can check out the school and instructors, see their credentials and some of the benefits of the dojo.  You can ask around to other parents and see where they are learning.  Does the school have advanced students who have been with them for years?  Lots of schools will brag about the instructors abilities such as championships, the ability to break brick and so forth, that doesn’t mean they are great teachers.  Look at reviews from other students or parents, you want a school that cares about the students more than bragging rights.