One of the biggest and “saddest” mis-conceptions about martial arts training is when a new student thinks he or she has to be “in shape” to start martial arts.  There are MANY martial arts benefits, but one of the biggest ones is improvement in both physical and mental well-being.

By starting martial arts, you will slowly introduced to techniques and movements that will help shape and tone your body with decreased body fat and increased muscle.  Not only will improve your physical attributes, but your mental state will change as well.  As you progress in your martial arts training, you will gain confidence in your techniques and be happy with your progressive weight loss and improved physical abilities.  Many new students are shocked at how quickly they have lost weight and gained muscle “without even trying!”.  The thing is, they are trying, but just having fun and learning something while doing it!

Many longtime martial artists also have found that martial arts training carries over into their every day life.  They find it easier and more important to take care of themselves outside of the martial arts school as well.  They eat healthier and follow a better lifestyle that allows them to continue martial arts training and improves their overall quality of life.

So, when a new student asks or tells me that they need to be in shape to start training – I tell them to come train anyways!  Martial arts training will put you in shape without the boring and repetitive exercise found at your local treadmill.

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