The ability to control our emotions, our desires and our reactions can be a huge asset both in personal and professional life. However, it is a very difficult to attain this state of balance and control; but with regular practice of martial arts, it is indeed possible. Martial arts for men and women is not just a way to improve health or to learn self defense. Of the many mental benefits this skill imparts is the ability to develop and maintain self discipline in life itself.

It’s All About Control

Martial arts are all about control although it does not teach the practitioner to focus on overpowering or gaining control of the weaker opponent. What it does impart is the ability to use one’s own skills, strengths and perseverance in a fully controlled manner so that the battle of self-defense scenario can be won as much with strategy as with strength. The controlled movements of martial arts, the need to think before acting and the conscious act of honing one’s response to the surroundings with situational awareness- these all help improve the self discipline that the practitioner has. A professional martial arts instructor will instill these basic fundamentals.

Incessant Training and Practice Boost Self-Discipline

Martial arts practitioners constantly practice, learn new techniques and hone their skills even if they are acknowledged martial arts masters. Incessant training and uncompromising practice with unfailing patience characterize this skill and pave the way for developing self-discipline in the student. This self-discipline necessarily comes into play and is further honed at each instance when the skill is being practiced whether it is a training session or in a real life situation. Muscle memory and reactive skills that have been honed through repetition become a thread in the fiber of a martial arts student, instilled by their instructor.

A Disciplined Approach to Learning

When you set out to learn martial arts under the guidance of a instructor or master instructor, you are given specific goals that are unique to you, on your journey. The master never tells you to aim for the highest goal first but takes you step by step through a well planned journey to one goal after another until you achieve perfection at each step. The ability to discipline yourself to focus on realistic goals is a great benefit of martial arts training that helps you succeed in every aspect of life as well. As a Master Instructor, I suggest that you reach out to the martial arts academy and see what program best fits your needs. If you are a current student, do not hesitate to ask your Instructor or Master Instructor what your next steps will be on your martial arts journey.

When it comes to the issue of physical fitness, martial arts for men offers a number of unique advantages. In most of the martial arts for men, training is done without special equipment or weights. Students practice in groups or in their individual capacity. As the body knows its limits, strains or injuries are very rare. The complete muscle network of the body, from fingers to toes, undergoes rigorous exercise in a well-balanced martial arts school.

Uncountable Benefits

The emphasis in executing a perfect kicking movement, twisting the trunks and counter balancing hand movements create well toned muscle and firm abdomen. The raising high of the legs in most martial arts kicks lead to the development of inner thigh and trunk muscles as well as enhanced flexibility. Such attributes can assist in everyday life be it in the office, with the family or on a hike through the woods.

A standard training program involves entire body movements, and results in raising pulse rate along with oxygen characteristics of lungs and heart over longer periods. This rise in ventilation is called aerobic effect and offers following benefits:

  • Assists lungs so that they can operate with increased efficiency
  • Enlarge blood vessels, thus making them pliable. Blood flow resistance is also decreased, resulting in the lowering of diastolic blood pressure.
  • Makes body tissue healthier due to the supply of increased oxygen
  • Increases blood supply, specially hemoglobin and red blood cells
  • It also conditions the heart and offers an increased reserve in time for emergencies
  • Promotes a healthier sleep and the elimination of waste

Martial arts also normalize body weight since the underweight gains solid tissue and the obese loses body fat. A martial arts exponent also creates a ground for excelling in other sports and general everyday life as well. Muscular strength and dynamic energy are increased. The ability to move quickly becomes a reality. Leading to flexibility of muscle, ligaments and joints to increase. The power of peripheral vision also goes up with the increase in the concentration of the mind. I strongly recommend that you attend the martial arts training facility and see what features and benefits they have to offer for you.

Tracy Lee Thomas
Master Instructor


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