You’ll learn to defend yourself and develop confidence in your ability to do so if need be. Our hope is that you’re never faced with a dangerous situation, but our intent is to prepare you if you are. Consider this quote, “A student said to his master: ‘You teach me fighting but you talk about peace. How do you reconcile the two?’ The master replied: ‘It is better to be a warrior in a garden than to be a gardener in a war.’” As this quote suggests, we expect peace and safety for our students, but wish to arm them with knowledge and preparation should the time ever come that they should need it.
Training martial arts is a lifestyle more than it is a single session workout. The time you spend training on the mat will serve as a full body strengthening program. You will experience improved mobility and coordination. Your cardiovascular fitness will develop with time and you will find yourself with more endurance and stamina than ever before. Additionally, many are surprised at the natural transition to improved diet, increased hydration, and better, more satisfying rest. Our bodies can only fuel off of that which we provide them. When increasing your training you will find yourself more motivated to fuel your body with whole, natural, nutrient dense foods. Hydration plays a key role in the eco-system that is our body. Many of us unknowingly go about our day all but dehydrated, however as you increase your training you’ll start to value the improved performance and recovery that comes from being properly hydrated. Have you ever woken up after 8 hours of unrestful sleep only to be faced with a brand new day and too little energy to take it on? Our bodies have a peculiar way of rebalancing themselves when we engage in activity and exercise. Many of us are over stimulated mentally and under stimulated physically. This leads to restless sleep. As you begin your journey of learning martial arts and develop a consistent training schedule you’ll likely find yourself on better sleep cycles than ever before. The martial arts lifestyle truly leads to a more balanced way of life.
FOCUS AND MENTAL STRENGTH
Most of us know that exercise alone is a great way to reduce stress. Additionally, fewer of us understand the benefit of experiencing the right kind of stress. Stay with us. In training, as in life, you will undoubtedly be faced with stressful or less than ideal circumstances. These circumstances exist for everyone in varying degrees. It is not the circumstances that define us, but rather our response to them. In training martial arts you will be asked to step outside of your comfort zone, you will find yourself uncomfortable mentally and physically, there will be times when you will have to dig deep to find the focus to get through a distressing moment or two to stay committed to your goal or aim. In time, mental strength will develop through your new found focus on the mats. This mental toughness and development will spill over to other areas of your life forever bettering your life and the lives of those around you.