I’ve been a martial arts instructor for several years and am lucky enough to have my own Dojo. I decided to start this blog so I have a place to share some of the reasons why I am so passionate about martial arts, along with some of my favorite types. I also want people to understand that there are several benefits associated with martial arts, and hopefully encourage others to try a few classes. Who knows, maybe you will find that you are just as passionate about the sport as I am.
While I offer a variety of classes to my students, my favorite form of martial arts is the Brazilian Capoeira. If you’re not familiar with this style, don’t worry you’re not alone. It has only recently started to gain a following in the U.S. and Europe. The Capoeira was created by West Africans living in Brazil in the early 16th century. Set to music, often with drums prominently featured, it combines dance and aerobic moves that are designed to improve speed, strength and agility. Basically all of the aspects you typically need to succeed at most types of martial arts.
There are several benefits associated with Capoeira and other forms of martial arts. First of all you are getting exercise and this is always good for your overall health. As you make your way through the various training exercises you are often getting a full body workout without even realizing it. Martial arts can also be a great form of cardio exercise and this can lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, along with significantly reduce your risk of developing heart disease.
Some of the other benefits I noticed throughout the years also include improvement in concentration and focus. Not only are these traits an advantage in training, they can also help you succeed in other areas of your life. Some top professionals credit their martial arts training as the reason they have risen so far in their fields. While I’m not saying that taking martial arts classes guarantees success, it definitely won’t hurt and in some competitive industries even the slightest edge can help you get ahead. The other main benefits I get from martial arts is better balance and stability in my movements.
I do want to point out that the benefits you get from martial arts training will depend on how much time and effort you are willing to put in. If you only train for a few hours a week, you probably won’t notice any significant changes. For those that find out that they love martial arts as much as I do, it won’t take long for them to notice improvements in all aspects of their lives.