As an adult, it can be very intimidating to think about taking up a new sport or hobby. We like to think that we are confident but in new situations where you have no idea what to expect, it can be a very overwhelming experience.
However when you find the right club, you will make amazing new friends and learn skills for life. Martial arts is also great for:
Stress relief Adulting is stressful. Work, life, kids and at the moment a pandemic has greatly increased our stress levels. We know that exercise releases endorphins which what makes you feel great after a good workout. Martial arts is an excellent way to increase those endorphins and you will leave every training session feeling better than ever!
Learning life saving skills in a safe environment Students learn self defense as part of their training and many other skills that can save their lives. These skills are taught in a safe environment which allows students to practice and perfect these skills. In the current world these skills are absolutely priceless.
Improve mental health As mentioned above, life can be stressful. Mental health in the community is a serious problem. In martial arts there is a big mental part of your training including self awareness, thoughtfulness and some meditation. This has been proven to greatly help mental health of the students and help them with daily stress.
Goal setting & Self improvement Students will work through their syllabus in order to receive their new belt or ranking. This teaches reward for their hard work, practice and mastering new skills. Knowing that they need to work hard and learn new skills to earn their next belt, teaches goal setting and motivation.
Conflict Resolution Martial arts isn't just about fighting. It's about teaching the skills required for defense and then using those skills only when necessary. Students are taught about non-violent conflict resolution and how to work through situations that can escalate without using physical violence.
Belonging Being part of a martial arts club means that students and their familties will always have a supportive tribe around them. Once you find the right martial arts club for you, you will feel at home and that yourself and your family will always have the support they need throughout karate and life.
Physical fitness Getting fit, losing extra kilos or just getting stronger can seem like a very difficult thing to do. Martial arts is a great way of improving flexibility, strength, cardiovascular fitness, balance and agility. In a class environment it's so much easier to push yourself harder and it's also great fun. But most of all, it's in a safe, non-judgmental environment where anyone of any age can accomplish huge things!