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Martial Arts Explorer

For most of us, exotic martial arts such as karate and kung fu remain in the realm of action movies that we enjoy. However, martial arts can provide us more than just a way of fighting when trouble comes. Here are 5 reasons why you should take up a martial art.

1. Health – Martial arts workouts provide of a good mixture of cardiovascular endurance, strength training and flexibility exercises that are designed to benefit the whole body. As the old saying goes : “A healthy minds comes from a healthy body”. The fitter you are, it will be less likely that you will fall ill.

2. Awareness and Self Defence – Learning to be aware of your surroundings and avoiding dangerous situations is the focus of awareness. You will learn when it’s better to fight, and when it’s more prudent to retreat and avoid violence.

3. Concentration and Focus – Most people these days will have heard of A.D.D. (Attention Deficit Disorder) and A.D.H.D. (Attention Deficit and Hearing Disorder). Martial arts can provide concentration skills that are developed through numerous training drills.

4. Balance and Control – Balance is a physical, and mental attribute that is developed as a result of martial arts training. With the presence of a good physical and mental balance you will enhance and develop your skills. Control, on the other hand, is a result of focus, concentration, and confidence.

5. Self Confidence – Martial arts teach you how to handle pressure by applying a little bit at a time. It is an endless learning experience that provides constant challenge keeping you alert and to let your confidence grow.

Deciding to take up martial arts is the first step. The second, and perhaps more difficult one, is choosing which one to choose! There are Japanese (Aikido, Karate, Judo), Chinese (Kung Fu, Jeet Kune Do), Korean (Tang Soo Do) and many more. Ideally you would want a good experienced teacher or sensei to learn from. You can also find out more about the types of martials arts that might fit you from DVDs.

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