Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Brooklyn Martial Arts. This is part two of our blog series on the health benefits of martial arts. If you missed part one, we talked about how you’ll gain strength, flexibility, and better coordination by practicing a martial arts form like karate, brazilian jiu-jitsu, or mixed martial arts. Keep reading to learn about several more health benefits to martial arts training. In the meantime, if you’re ready to begin your martial arts adventures, look no further than Brooklyn Martial Arts. We train athletes of all ages and skill levels. Just give us a call and we’ll answer any questions you may have.

Endurance

Endurance is one major health benefit to martial arts training and is gained by performing many difficult techniques in quick succession. Many people are surprised to find just how exhausting martial arts can be. Another reason it can be so tiring is that it requires the use of your whole body at once. Most people aren’t used to this because they’ll go to the gym and work on one set of muscles at once by either lifting weights or running. This makes martial arts a great alternative to other forms of cardiovascular exercise.

Mental health

Like other forms of exercise, martial arts isn’t just good for your physical well-being, it’s also great for your mental health. There are several major ways that martial arts contributes to your mental health:

Concentration

Admittedly, when you go to the gym for your regular daily workout, you’re not learning the concentration skills that you could be learning by practicing a martial arts form. It’s pretty easy to start lifting weights or running and zone out from whatever you’re doing. However, if you’re sparring with an opponent, you don’t have an opportunity to zone out. You’ll need to concentrate on their movements at all times in order to know what move to do next.

Stress Relief  

We all know what it feels like to be bogged down with work and feel overwhelmed by stress. Instead of going to the gym to mindlessly punch a punching bag and let out your frustrations, why not put that energy into learning an actual fighting discipline? You’ll leave every training session feeling accomplished and ready to start a new day.

General well-being

Aside from stress relief, exercise is proven to increase our overall well-being, making us more interested in things and allowing us to feel more willing to take on new challenges. Going to the gym every day to lift weights every day can be a boring grind, but with martial arts, everyday is a new adventure!

Discipline

As an adult, you probably aren’t too quick to say that you have a discipline issue, and we’re not saying you do! However, if you’re looking for a great way to improve your self-discipline, martial arts may be for you. At Brooklyn Martial Arts, we foster a community that is both friendly to new people but still pushes each and every person to be better each day they come in.

Contact Brooklyn Martial Arts

Are you ready to experience these health benefits, as well as the ones we talked about in part one of this blog series? We offer training in fitness kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, personal training, and much more. All of these disciplines will give you a full-body workout and allow you to reach your maximum potential and have fun doing it! If you have any questions or you’re ready to speak with an instructor, contact us today to get started!