In the age of vast amounts of information at your fingertips, on demand products and services that can be delivered at a moment’s notice from a click of a button, and plenty of boutique gyms to get you in shape why even learn Martial Arts?
Martial Arts take 1-2 years to just become proficient and many more years to master. It takes discipline, dedication, and perseverance to not give up. Why even take on a task this difficult? Especially as an adult with a career, family, and social life how could one possibly benefit? For me it's simple balance, focus, and fitness.
Let’s get the obvious out of the way. If you train in Martial Arts,it should absolutely be effective in a self-defense situation. But let's be brutally honest with ourselves, it would be super difficult to stay engaged with learning something for longer than 3 months if the focus was so narrow. The first important benefit for me is balance. I'm not only talking about the balance that you get from learning to stand on one leg or do a complicated piece of footwork. The balance that one attains from training is much broader.
The ability to balance the stress that you are put under in class will directly help you balance the stressors that you receive in daily life. Angry bosses, demanding children or spouses, pressures of running a business all have to be balanced. Training martial arts teaches your brain and yo