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Did you know that there are numerous health benefits of martial arts for men other than being able to kick butts and take names?
Naturally, in our civilized times, you should strive to avoid physical conflict at all costs, but looking beyond the obvious whoop-ass benefits you would get by training martial arts, there are many other positive aspects that will make you a stronger, better person.
Without further ado, let’s dive right into the many benefits of martial art training.
Energy and Productivity
Working out has proven to yield amazing results in terms of general wellbeing and energy. Increased endorphin production lasts for hours and keeps you energized and focused.
Regular exercise helps you feel positive, giving you that much-needed enthusiasm to overcome challenges throughout the day.
With its constantly evolving nature of gradual progression, martial arts keep you interested and challenged, training your mind and body to deal with bad situations with ease and enjoy the good times.
Improved Mental Performance
While we are on the subject of mind and martial art practice, it’s important to note that due to the challenging nature of the sport, you will increase your mental performance by always having to solve new problems and situations whether they are a new opponent or a different self-defense scenario.
It will be up to you to find the best possible solutions, and in return, these mental exercises will have direct impact on your life outside the dojo.
Strength, Coordination, and Flexibility
While many exercise regimes, like gym training or running, can prove themselves dull and stagnant after a while, martial art training poses a never-ending road of physical progression.
Take kickboxing for instance. The premise of the sport seems fairly simple: learn the punches and kicks and practice speed and coordination. While that sounds simple enough, the challenges of the sport rise when the situations change and you start sparring with more versed opponents.
Now, you have to think tactically, plan your moves and read the opponent before throwing a punch.
All of this improves coordination and builds strength, whereas the need to be fast and light on your feet while throwing long kicks and punches will inevitably build flexibility and mobility.
Nothing evokes respect and yields success in life like confidence and belief.
Adults need to build and rebuild their confidence as much as children do, and training martial arts is one of the best ways to do that. As you progress with the moves and sparring abilities, you will feel a surge of confidence that will transfer to every aspect of your life.
You will be more inclined to trust your judgment at work, dare to stand your ground and lead the staff into new and exciting projects while living a happier life at home.
Women say that the sexiest characteristic that defines a man is confidence, and that statement holds true whether you are single, in a committed relationship or even married. Women appreciate a confident man.
Teaches Humility and Respect
It becomes all too easy for men to give into their primal instincts and become loud, obnoxious and disrespectful to others, particularly women, not necessarily out of their own vanity or malice, but rather because of the insecurities they have buried inside.
These insecurities come to light while training and are healed with discipline and respect for others that martial arts demand from a person.
You will become mindful of others, humble and grateful in life, treating everyone around you with respect and dignity.
These new traits will make you a wonderful person to be around and will attract good people towards you.
Situational Awareness and Self-Defense
Perhaps the most crucial benefits of training martial arts are increased awareness and of course, the ability to protect yourself and the ones you love.
One of the most effective self-defense systems in the world is Krav Maga, a martial art born on the streets of Israel and designed for real-life encounters. Real-life situations are fairly different from sports, in the sense that they are unpredictable and you have to be ready for anything and everything.
This martial art is not pretty, nor should it be. It is effective and will teach you invaluable lessons that you can use even years after training. It is simple, effective and for everyone.
You can learn this martial art almost anywhere in the world, including Australia where more and more people are getting interested in this type of training every year. The ladies and gents at Krav Maga Systems are some of the best practitioners in Australia, dedicated to making you a better person capable of protecting yourself and those you love.
Teaches You How to Stay Calm
Finally, assessing the environment and deciding on how to defuse the situation will prove to be one of the best abilities at your disposal that will have tremendous benefits in your workplace, your home, and ultimately, the street.
Martial arts will teach you how to always stay calm in the face of adversity, and find the best possible solution to any problem.
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