The mental benefits of martial arts are actually endless, but two important ones you may not know about are confidence and self respect. A lot of people see martial arts as a purely physical sport…. But to be successful at it, you need quite a bit of mental stamina and self talk. We help hundreds of people in our Glory Martial Arts Center community become confident and proud of who they are through the power of martial arts and self defense. Here’s how:
Confidence is a Huge Advantage of Martial Arts
There’s probably an area of your life that you already feel confident in, like how you handle tough situations at work or your ability to be there for your spouse when they need you. You might already feel confident in your body and even work out regularly.
But how confident do you feel in your ability to protect yourself? If you absolutely had to, would you know how to defend yourself against an attacker? Would you know how to protect the people you love?
These are scary questions, but they’re necessary, and fear can sometimes motivate you to act appropriately- nothing worse than not knowing self defense in an emergency and wishing you did! Learning self defense to keep yourself and the people you love safe from harm is so important.
It’s why we want to teach EVERYONE in Brooklyn how to defend themselves against an attacker. It’s not just because it saves lives, either: imagine how much more confident you could be if you were positive that you could handle any physical situation that came your way. Knowing how to keep yourself safe would just be one more thing for you to feel confident about. It’s a huge mental benefit of martial arts.
Self-Respect: A Little-Known Benefit
So we all know confidence is great to have – but why is self respect important? Because once you learn to respect yourself and your body, you begin making better choices. When you decide to take martial arts classes, you may notice you feel more energized. You may start to want to eat healthier and think, “I wouldn’t be respecting my body if I ate this… I want to feel amazing so I’ll skip the chips.” You may also find yourself wanting to bike instead of drive up the street or finally making time to teach your kid how to play soccer.
Then you become even more confident because you’re doing what’s right for you, you have more energy to do things you love, and you feel in alignment with your best self. The voice in your head saying “Let’s eat better” or “Go for that run” is finally being heard.
Bonus – when you respect yourself, you start to treat others with more kindness and empathy because you see and respect them, too. This makes OTHERS more confident because they feel your kindness, and then they pass that feeling on to others… and there’s a compound effect in the community. Magic? We think so. And it’s all because of this little old sport we call martial arts.
How these Mental Benefits Change Lives
This happens all the time – a new student will come in to start training, and within months, they’ll get a promotion. Or negotiate a better salary. They may even find the courage to ask someone on a date. Or speak their mind to a disrespectful colleague. These things don’t just happen out of the blue – they happen because martial arts classes build confidence and self respect. Period. Again, when you respect yourself, you also start to treat yourself better. You start to see how you can reach new heights in martial arts classes, and you find a bravery and confidence within yourself that you never knew you had.
Do you see now how the mental benefits of martial arts can seriously change your life? Just these two benefits- the mix of self respect and confidence- can help you realize that other people’s judgments can’t touch you. When YOU know how awesome you are because you leave your martial arts class feeling super accomplished, you’re not going to shy away from creating awesomeness in your own life. You feel empowered to make bold decisions in your life, embark on exciting new adventures, and do the things you never thought you could do. It’s awesome!
Okay, one more thing. In the classic mental health sense, the benefits of martial arts are endless. Staying active, engaging in social communities, consistently accomplishing new goals each week- these are pieces of the mental health checklist that every martial arts class checks off. Your mood and health can improve tremendously right alongside your mindset.
Confidence & Self Respect- Join Us to Learn More!
So, to conclude- some of the biggest advantages of martial arts classes are the improvement of your mental health, the boost in your confidence and the surge in your self respect. If you’re ready to take your workout to the next level, learn a life-saving skill and become a more confident person, then martial arts is definitely for you. Check out our Glory Martial Arts Center Adult Martial Arts classes that Brooklyn is raving about- you’ll love them.