For you to consider training in martial arts there have to be some serious, long-lasting benefits, right? Mental Benefits Although the physical benefits of doing martial arts are thrilling, the mental rewards you stand to reap are even greater, because they are truly timeless. The mental edge you’ll develop by becoming a martial artist will never fade. 1. You Will Be More Productivelightbulb-idea Training in the martial arts will clear your mind and sharpen your focus. Not only will you have more “light bulb” moments during exercise, you’ll also return to your day feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the tasks that lie ahead of you. Essentially, as your body becomes stronger your mind will follow. 2. You Will Learn to Handle Stress More Effectively You will learn the profound skill of developing grace under pressure. Increasing your composure as the pressure around you heightens, as well as how to apply that skill to any stressful situation. If you can learn to “relax into” more intense physical efforts during a 45 minute training session, for example, you will be more able to maintain mental composure during your morning commute. One of the most rewarding outcomes of your martial arts training is that few things in your daily life will unsettle you. You will be more mentally resilient. 3. You Will Build Rock-Solid Self-Confidence To develop a strong “in-your-bones” confidence you must achieve something that deeply challenges you. Training to become a Black Belt is certainly a remarkable achievement and a powerful way to build self-confidence that will last a lifetime. jumping4. Your Mood Will Improve Research shows that exercise improves your mood and lifts your spirits. And no wonder! When you put your body in motion, you can’t help but feel alive and invigorated. Our martial arts training programmes will not only stimulate you physically but also mentally. 5. Your Motivation to Exercise Will Soar In two decades of teaching and mentoring people we have become acutely aware that many people quit their training programme because they become bored or burned out. Incorporating different activities, such as punching, kicking, weapons and ground fighting into your weekly training helps you to avoid burnout and boredom. 6. You Will Learn to Strengthen Your Weaknesses As we age, we begin erecting physical and psychological walls, brick by brick, made of our fears, doubts and excuses. And we do it without realizing it. This wall begins to widen the distance between ourselves and our human potential. Before we know it, we’re nowhere close to the person we once were, or the person we wanted to become. That can be a scary realization later in life. Persisting in training in martial arts and achieving your learning goals forces you to smash through that wall and deal with your weaknesses (e.g. poor self-image, fear of failure, etc.). When you strengthen your weaknesses you become more capable of setting aside your fears and doubts to achieve extraordinary things in your life.