“Should I learn martial arts?” “Is it worth the money or simply a waste of time?” “What benefits will I gain from taking it?” – All of these questions can be answered by none other than someone who has actually taken martial arts. Yes, I am proud to say that I am a mixed martial artist.
Believe me when I say this, but I wouldn’t be where I am today without having martial arts in my life. It has taught me important life principles and values that I will keep for the rest of my years. When I have kids, I will definitely consider enrolling them in a tough and disciplined gym so that they can grow to be more successful. Whether you’re 15, 25, or even 35, you’re never too late to take martial arts.
I would like to point out that learning martial arts does NOT breed more violence. In fact, it will reduce the violence. I would never recommend anything to anyone that would encourage more violent behaviors in this world.
Should I Learn Martial Arts?
1 | Martial arts teaches discipline & respect
We need discipline in order to finish what we start. Training in martial arts will produce a “specific character or pattern of behavior” that will yield moral and mental improvements. Furthermore, you will gain a level of respect that teaches us to be more humble at the same time. Both are a necessity to survive in today’s world.
2 | Martial arts helps break mental limits
If you’re prone to giving up easily or quitting prematurely, you must consider taking martial arts to get rid of those nasty habits. My coach always told me to never give up until the final bell. He also told me to give it 100% throughout, and to go 120% in the last remaining seconds. Ever since then, I’ve lived my life with this principle. You learn to break mental limitations and push your breaking point further and further so that soon you’ll never give up. If you learn to never give up in the gym, you’ll learn to never give up anywhere else.
3 | Martial arts is correlated with good grades
Parents have reported that their sons and daughters have been getting better grades ever since they enrolled them in martial arts. Whether you’re in middle school, high school, or even university, you will surely see an improvement in your work. The advantage is there for those who seek to take it.
4 | Martial arts keeps you out of trouble
You’ll learn to improve your time-management skills. Martial arts keeps you in the gym and away from bad and negative influences. Rather than relieving your stress through drinking or drugs, you can achieve better results by going to a martial arts class. In an environment where everyone is disciplined, friendly, and respectable, you will be surrounded with positive influences that will better your social circle in life.
5 | Martial arts creates confidence in you
Those who lack confidence will never have the courage to take the initiative in the things they wish to pursue. Confidence is the backbone to any man’s success. There exists not a single reasonable explanation as to why you should avoid searching for your own confidence. I have gained mine through martial arts. Without it, I would not have been able to do the things I do today. Without martial arts, I would still be in the shell of my former self.
Next time your friend asks, “Should I learn martial arts?”, you say to them, “Shouldn’t you learn martial arts?” And then link them to this article, just kidding! But whether you are weak or out of shape, you can still do martial arts. Your toughest opponent will always be yourself. So no matter what, never let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do in this world. If you want to do something, find a way and do it.
“Martial arts is not about fighting; it’s about building character.” ~ Bo Bennett