Benefits of Martial Arts Training
Research shows that people in their
40's and 50's who regularly practice martial arts demonstrate astounding
levels of physical fitness in comparison to people the same age who
don't exercise at all. Subjects who practiced martial arts had around
12% less body fat, were able to do twice as many sit-ups, greater
flexibility and leg strength, greatly improved balance and shown a
stronger immune system. The benefits of martial arts are not limited to
just adults, practitioners of all ages can realize the rewards offered.
The martial arts are about developing
mind and spirit as much as the body and can help children learn lessons
and skills that they will use in other areas of their lives. When
children start martial arts, one of the first things they learn is how
to respect each other. As well as begin to take part in rituals and
formalities of class.
Rituals and formalities in martial arts
schools are very important because they re-instill ethical behavior.
More important than physical skills, martial arts teach children mental
skills. Qualities that emerge through martial arts training include
focus, discipline, perseverance, self-confidence and self-respect.