Martial arts is becoming increasingly popular amongst Generation-Y, especially with the increasingly popularity of MMA and the UFC. Learning a martial art, whether it’s karate, taekwondo, judo or jiu-jitsu is more than just a method of self-defense and kicking butt. There are many psychological, spiritual and physical benefits of getting involved in martial arts. Here are the top five reasons you should consider learning a form of martial arts.
It teaches honor and respect.
Traditional martial arts, such as karate or judo, will teach you the importance of putting your ego aside and respecting your instructor, as well as others in higher positions, such as your parents or elders. Learning martial arts reinforces etiquette, respecting rules and following a code of honor. You’ll learn to show some humility, for some day, you’ll be in a position of power and know what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes.
It teaches you to use non-violent conflict resolution.
Learning martial arts teaches you to mentally and physically refrain from violence and only use it for self-defense when it’s the last resort. Martial artists will try to refrain from conflict and use non-violent conflict resolution skills, emphasizing the importance of avoiding a physical altercation. In the real world, it’s equivalent to having the mental discipline to refrain from getting into fights with stupid people.