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Learn anger management through a Martial Arts class

14th September 2016

Learn anger management through a Martial Arts class
Everyone copes with anger differently. For some people they can bottle it up and keep a cool head. For others this isn't so easy and their response is to kick, punch, throw, shout at or break the nearest thing to them. More often than not it's an inanimate object, but not always.

Everybody has a physical reaction to anger, that is just human nature. It is important to know how to take the right steps to calm yourself down.

Some of those physical symptoms include:

  • Tingling
  • Tight chest
  • Increased Blood Pressure
  • Headaches
  • Pressure in the head
  • Fatigue

So how common is having an anger problem?

  • 1 in 10 people admit to being unable to control their anger.
  • 1 in 5 people have ended a relationship because of the way their partner has acted while angry.
  • 58 % of people admitted they wouldn't know how to get over an anger problem.
  • Computer Rage: 50% of Britons have admitted to reacting to PC problems by abusing colleagues, screaming, shouting, hitting or throwing parts of the PC.
  • Road Rage: Drivers in Britain admit to suffering from road rage more than any other European country (80%).
  • Those with anger problems are 2.7 times more likely to drink or smoke.

Reacting angrily will just cause you more stress, especially if you have to deal with the consequences of how you acted while the red mist descended.

Most people will not admit to having anger issues and that is part of the problem. In particular, many will not feel the need to see a doctor or therapist about it. Not unless something severe happens. That's why often they may seek an alternative way of dealing with the situation.

A great way to manage anger is by learning the practices taught in Martial Arts.

Martial Arts and anger management

Martial Arts teaches self-control and discipline. They are two of the core principles. The theory is that as a student learns combat skills and realises his potential for destruction, they subsequently learn the need for self-control.

Instructors frequently stress that Martial Arts is not about learning to fight, other than for self-defence.

Tai Chi would be considered by many as the best martial art for learning self-control. It's a soft art which combines relaxation and deep-breathing. Whilst it was originally a martial art, it is now more of a health-promoting exercise. It helps to reduce stress, improve balance and increase muscle strength amongst other things.

Others might suggest boxing or kickboxing as a good way to go. If your aim is to release anger, as opposed to learning how to control it, then the punch bag can provide good relief. Alternatively, sparring with a partner in a controlled environment is a safe way to channel aggression into something positive.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is also a great Martial Arts style to try. It is a grappling based martial art that will at times involve you being pinned down, smothered or choked and you have no choice but to deal with it. It'll help teach you to be composed in that circumstance and this is something that can be applied to life in general.

How to find a martial arts class

If you're ready to take steps towards controlling your emotions, then it's easy to find a Martial Arts class near you. Visit the homepage of Martial Arts Near You and enter your postcode to identify Martial Arts instructors or Martial Arts clubs in your area.

You can also search by style if you are looking for a specific type of Martial Art. This makes it easier to find, for example, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class or a Tai Chi class.

Once you have found the right class, you can leave an enquiry with the instructor to find out more about it and what benefit it can have for you. Alternatively, if you already know enough you can just book a place in the class online.