Let’s talk about something really important today- mental benefits of martial arts. Most people see martial arts as a purely physical sport…. But there’s a lot of mental stamina and self talk required to really knock it out of the park. We help hundreds of people in our Premier Sport Taekwondo community transform into their best versions of themselves through the power of martial arts and self defense. Here’s how:
Confidence is a Huge Advantage of Martial Arts
Chances are high that you already feel confident in one area of your life- your job, your role as a parent, or your studies, for example. You might already feel confident in your body and even work out regularly.
But do you feel confident in your ability to protect yourself? If you absolutely had to, would you know how to defend yourself against an attacker? Would you know how to save the lives of the people you love?
These are scary questions, but they’re necessary, and fear can sometimes motivate you to act appropriately- nothing worse than not knowing self defense in an emergency and wishing you did! Learning self defense to keep yourself and the people you love safe is so important. It’s why we have the goal of teaching EVERYONE in the North Grafton community how to defend themselves against an attacker.
It’s not just because it literally saves lives, either: imagine how much more confident you could be if you were positive that you could handle any physical situation that came your way. That knowledge of self defense would just be one more thing for you to feel confident about. It’s a huge mental benefit of martial arts.
Self-Respect: A Little-Known Benefit
So confidence is important, yes – but why is self respect important? It’s because once you learn to respect yourself and your body, you start to make better choices. Once you start taking martial arts classes, you may notice you feel more energized. You may start to want to eat healthier and think, “I wouldn’t be respecting my body if I ate this… I want to feel amazing so I’ll skip the chips.” You may also find yourself wanting to bike instead of drive up the street or finally making time for a hike with a friend. This just makes you even more confident because you’re doing what’s right for you, you have more energy to do things you love, and you feel in alignment with your best self. That little conscience in your head guiding your decisions is finally being heard.
Also, and this is huge – when you respect yourself, you start to treat others with more kindness and humility because you see and respect them, too. This makes OTHERS more confident because they feel understood, and then they pass that feeling on to others… and there’s a compound effect in the community. And then the world becomes a better place. It’s all because of this little old sport we call martial arts.
How these Mental Benefits Change Lives
Picture this – a new student will come in to start training, and within months, they’ll get a promotion. Or negotiate a better salary. They may even get the courage to ask someone out on a date. Or speak up for themselves in an unhealthy friendship. These aren’t just crazy random happenstances – they happen because martial arts classes build confidence and self respect. Plain and simple. Again, when you respect yourself, you also start to respect other aspects of your life as well. You begin realizing that you deserve better treatment from others, professionally and personally, and you find the bravery within to stand up for what you want.
Do you see now how the mental benefits of martial arts can seriously change your life? Just these two benefits- the mix of self respect and confidence- can help you realize that other people’s judgments the value you place on other people’s judgments is worth less than how it feels to respect yourself.
When YOU know you’re awesome because you leave your martial arts class feeling super accomplished, you’re not afraid to confidently create awesomeness in your own life. You make bold decisions in your life, embark on exciting new adventures, and do the things you never thought you could do. It’s awesome!
One last thing. In terms of textbook mental health, martial arts provides serious benefits. Staying active, maintaining a fulfilling social life, achieving new goals each week- these are pieces of the mental health checklist that every martial arts class checks off. Your mood and health can improve tremendously right alongside your mindset.
Confidence & Self Respect- Join Us to Learn More!
So, to conclude- some of the biggest advantages of martial arts classes are the improvement of your mental health, the boost in your confidence and the surge in your self respect. If these benefits sound pretty good to you, come by our studio. See for yourself how martial arts can change your life. Check out our Premier Sport Taekwondo Adult Martial Arts classes that North Grafton is raving about- you’ll love them: