Why everyone should join a Martial Arts club.

A row of black belts

“Martial arts are practiced for many reasons, including; self defence, military and law enforcement applications, mental, physical and spiritual development, as well as entertainment and the preservation of a nation’s intangible cultural heritage” – Wikipedia’s Martial Arts article

I firmly believe that everyone reading this article should go onto google, search ‘Martial Arts near me’ and join a club, right now!

Martial arts, whichever style you choose, are first and foremost a brilliant way to build confidence. Regardless of the art, you will always find yourself more confident after a while at any club. 

In every single martial art, there is some form of partner work, even if it’s as simple as practicing a Kata (a choreographed set of moves) together in time. When you find yourself practicing moves against someone else, there is an extra sense of urgency; you don’t want to hurt them, and they don’t want to hurt you. 

So you form a sense of trust with your peers as you train together, and a new sense of confidence in yourself and your ability, especially when you get that shiny new belt (or learn that brilliant new technique). 

Whichever reason, confidence is gained. But what else can a martial art teach? 

How about physical autonomy

What if you never had to worry about your body and it’s limitations. Imagine always being prepared for any physical activity, no matter when it’s sprung on you. 

Are you limited by your strength, flexibility or control for the things you want to do? 

Physical autonomy is about these traits, and having enough of each to do whatever it is you want. 

When you practice a martial art often, you’re constantly working on stances that you wouldn’t do in normal life. You’re working muscles that normally, don’t get much attention. You’re working on your flexibility, doing stretching at the beggining and end of every class. You’re working control, when you punch at your peers faces with restraint. You’re working on so many things physically it’s hard to write all of them down. 

The list goes on, but ultimately, practicing a martial art will hugely benefit your level of fitness, flexibility and control. After a while, you’ll notice that you no longer struggle so much when practicing that certain move, and you’ll see the benefit a time in a club has had. 

If you want proof, just walk into your local Judo club, and look at any of the players stomachs. They all have six packs

I’m only joking, anyway, apart from hugely improving yourself physically, what else can you gain from a martial art? 

What about mental fortitude

Grit, toughness, whatever you want to call it, is about your habits. Say 100 newbies join a club today, in 2/3 years, maybe one of those 100 will still be there. 

Perseverance, dedication, diligence are all great qualities, and committing yourself to a martial art even once a week, will slowly build on those skills.

It also takes a strong mind to be able to punch, aiming for the head, a person that you like and know you will either stop your fist as it touches, or tap them extremely lightly when you hit…

.. and it takes an even stronger mind to stand perfectly still and let that happen! 

So, practicing a martial art can improve your fitness, physical autonomy, mental strength and confidence. 

Let’s quickly list a whole bunch of other stuff that practicing a martial art can improve;

  • Spirituality: Many martial arts are similar to religions, and while this may not be for everybody, the spiritual side of some of these arts is always worth investigating. 
  • Timekeeping: You can’t be late for class. Well, you can be late for class, but don’t expect your teachers to be okay with you being 30 minutes late every lesson. Practicing a martial art will teach you to be on time, all the time
  • Self defence: You’d think this would be the primary reason people join a martial arts club, and you’re probably right, but being able to defend yourself well in a ‘life or death’ situation is a huge benefit for anybody. Fighting is difficult, but no textbook or article online can teach you how to take a punch. Only actually being punched in the face will show you. Martial arts schools often teach their students never to start a fight, only to defend yourself if attacked, which is in a way, another self defence technique! 
  • How to relax: Weirdly enough, one of the main techniques in any martial artists arsenal, is relaxation. Being able to relax is part of every technique, because looseness makes you faster! If you start every technique tense, it’ll only slow you down. Martial arts clubs will show you how to breathe properly, and other ways to relax your body, while also teaching you the proper time to tense. 
  • How to teach others: As you progress in a martial art, you’ll have to practice the same techniques over and over again. Sooner or later, a newbie will come along and need to learn those same techniques. Who better to teach them than you, the most recent ex-newbie! You will undoubtedly teach many people techniques along the way, as you will be taught even more. You may even be asked to lead the warmups, and if you’re at a club long enough, maybe even instruct! 

Martial arts are exhilarating, exhausting, exuberant and a whole lot of effort. They will take up your time, your energy, and they will leave you with so many things that I shall reiterate the point of this article. If you are reading this, go join a club near you, right now. 

There are so many reasons to join a martial arts club, but the main reason for me, was fun

Health: The Unbelievable effect of Multivitamins

Multivitamin tablets

Firstly, I have to say I have no affiliation with anything. I’m not getting paid for anything I say (which some would argue is probably for the best). I am only writing what I feel. 

Recently in my life, I wanted to change something. I was feeling down, with very little energy, and I wanted to try and give myself a boost. I listen to a lot of podcasts, and in some of these, amongst many other sources, I hear people talking about how great they feel, just in general, and I wanted a piece of that action. 

It seems that if you choose the right diet, you could feel much better in everyday life as well. 
It had never occurred to me at all that having a perfectly balanced diet might give one more energy or more vitality or something along those lines. And I’m not suggesting that you need a perfectly balanced diet literally all the time. But you do definitely need a relatively balanced diet to function properly at your peak. 

In the spirit of trying to maximise my potential, and operate at my ‘peak’…

I realised one simple thing that people can do to make themselves feel significantly better each day. Forget about everything else that you have in your diet and your life for a second. 

One of the worst parts of having a consistently bad diet is the potential of generating dietary deficiencies. These are disorders and diseases that occur from lack of essnetial nutrients – essentially not getting enough of those vitamins and minerals that literally keep your body ticking. 

Simply taking a single multivitamin tablet like Centrum, or if you’re using the standard store bought tablets, the ‘Vitamin C & Zinc’ and ‘Vitamin B Complex’ tablets, and one Cod Liver Oil & Fish Oil tablet, will make you feel far better each day than if you hadn’t had them.

The Vitamins mentioned above. The store bought vitamins were in this case from Morrisons.

Having never taken any supplements ever in my life, for the last month I have been taking just one Centrum a day, and one Cod Liver Oil & Fish Oil tablet.

That’s two tablets a day. Three if you’re taking the store brand tablets. 

That’s not bad at all! 

Let me tell you a little story…

A few months ago, I injured my knee. 

I was sparring with my friend, and when we finished, I felt my knee go. 

For about a week, I could hardly walk.

After the week passed, I was able to walk fine without pain, but I had lost noticeable function in my leg, knee especially. 

It’s been three months now, and it hasn’t improved much at all. During those first two months I was very down about it, and therefore my diet suffered tremendously.

During the third month, which was also this last month, the only change I made from the prior two months was the Multivitamin, and Cod Liver Oil tablets. 

During this month, the damage that I had taken to my knee has almost completely recovered! My knee and leg in general feel much more relaxed and bouncy, and the cold doesn’t make it seize up anymore! 

All this power, all this change, and all I had done was take some vitamins! It’s unbelievable! 

I was worried I might have permanently damaged my knee, with no hope of full function again, but I was so wrong. 

Trying to explain how much better I feel since taking these tablets is strange. 

You know that feeling you get when you have a good cup of coffee, and you slowly get that energy and it feels great, right?

Well since I have been taking these vitamins, I have essentially felt like that constantly. 

I have so much energy in the day! I find myself faster, more productive, and more easy going. 

Everything in my life has been enhanced as a result. My digestion, my energy levels, my stress levels..

All of these have had beneficial changes as a result of taking only these vitamins! 

People say that you should take these every day anyway, but until I finally got on board, I had no idea. 

Honestly, they’re great. I feel better than ever. I have more energy than before. I feel lucky to have discovered the benefits of these, and I wanted to share them with whoever reads this! 

You can grab multivitamins in any supermarket, down the medicines aisle. 

It doesn’t matter who you choose, either of the supermarket own brands will do just fine. 

So just remember, 

  • One Cod Liver & Fish Oil tablet each day. 
  • One Vitamin C & Zinc tablet each day. 
  • One Vitamin B Complex tablet each day. 

and you will hopefully feel so much better in everyday life!