Why you should get into a martial arts class!16th February 2017
Martial Arts benefits you in a variety of ways and is great for people of all ages and genders.
An obvious benefit is the way it improves your fitness. Most Martial Arts styles are a good physical workout. After continual training, you feel the cardiovascular effects as well as the physical ones. It's a great way to build muscle, especially in the legs and arms.
Likewise, it is great for weight loss. All the exercise well help you work off any excess weight you may have and tone up other areas such as the stomach. Martial Arts training will also help you improve your co-ordination and agility. In many cases you need to be quick to avoid being struck. Training will help you anticipate your opponent's next move.
Many people learn Martial Arts for self-defence and this is why styles such as Krav Maga have soared in popularity over recent years. Self defence classes for women have become especially popular.
Self-defence is a great life skill and should be learned by everyone. It helps to give you confidence in potentially dangerous situations. It will teach you how to deal with attackers who are bigger and educate you in perceptual awareness.
It can be very easy to lose your temper, we've all done it. Just because you know a martial art, it doesn't mean you should use it. One of the key teachings is how to stay disciplined and stay calm. It is possible to defuse an aggressive situation without resorting to violent behaviour.
Anti-bullying martial arts classes for children are very popular. For kids who are small, or suffer from bullying, it's become a great way to gain confidence and feel safer. Classes will teach how to overcome bigger attackers, how to sense danger and how to get out of a situation where you feel vulnerable. Bullying should not occur in the first place, but the sad truth is that it does, very frequently. Being equipped to deal with it is probably the biggest benefit of why a child should get into a martial arts class.
How to join a martial arts club
There are martial arts clubs all across the UK offering a range of different martial arts classes. Choosing the right one for you can be tricky, but that's where we can help.
By using the NearYou iPhone APP or Martial Arts Near You, you can identify the local martial arts classes. You can also use our range of filters to switch between different styles and levels, for example a beginner's karate class or a children's taekwondo class.
Once you've found a suitable class, you can purchase your place online in just a couple clicks. Many Martial Arts clubs have great membership schemes which allow you to book a month of classes at a time. This way, you don't have to worry about carrying cash and you can look forward to your class each week!
What martial arts style should you choose?
As we mentioned, there are so many to choose from. However, depending on why you want to learn in the first place, different styles might be more suitable.
Best martial arts for kids?
The most popular martial arts styles for kids tend to be Karate and Taekwondo. They are two of the most traditional and widely practiced styles. The opportunity to work your way up through the gradings and earn different coloured belts give your children a great sense of achievement.
Best for fitness?
If you're really looking to improve your fitness, a kickboxing class is the way to go. It's quick, aggressive and full impact, but it's a great workout for the whole body. There's also cardio fitness classes such as boxercise, body combat and piloxing which make for less traditional workouts.
Best for self-defence?
There's many styles that are great for self-defence, but the most popular tend to be Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Wing Chun. Krav Maga has a lot of real world application and focuses on quick escape, whereas Jiu Jitsu and Wing Chun teach you the best way to engage and ground your attacker.
Best for something a little more gentle?
Tai Chi and Capoeira. Tai Chi is a meditative form of martial art and brings in the best practices of yoga. Capoeira is a form of dance-combat. It's really good for keeping you supple and is quite light and gentle. So if you're a bit older or worried about injury, these are great alternative styles.
If you're ready to get into martial arts, then you need to download the NearYou iPhone APP. Find all the martial arts instructors in your local area right from your mobile phone.
Source: NearYou iPhone App