Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Boxing, Jiu Jitsu .. most martial arts are calisthenics exercises in nature. Popular programs such as P90X incorporate martial arts into their exercises because they are extremely effective and beneficial work outs.
In fact, most martial arts are comprised of calisthenic plyometric exercises and isometric exercises, which means the movements are explosive and require a lot of intensity, or gentle yet strong when practiced – or both! All the punching and kicking and horse stances are excellent ways get your heart rate going – great cardio!
Martial arts are fascinating yet often misunderstood. It doesn’t have to be about violence and hurting people, it can be used for:
- Self-esteem and self-confidence
- Psychomotor skills such as balance and coordination
- Having a sense of security that you can defend yourself if the time ever arises
Essentially martial arts is about training your mind and strengthening your body. Of course, it all varies depending on what art you choose and your instructors etc. It’s easy to start and there are many different martial arts to choose from. Don’t be intimidated about joining a martial arts club or school. Everyone is there for the same reasons – to learn more about the mind and body and how to better control themselves in a safe, friendly, and educational environment – not to mention it helps you get in shape! Find a local school and give it a try!
What do you need to do martial arts?
You don’t need anything other than cool martial arts clothing and a belt strapped around your waist (some don’t need any at all). In terms of conditioning, I’m sure the school you choose will work with you on your fitness and flexibility levels. Everyone is different and the pace in which you learn and excel is no exception. Just give it your best every time and you’ll love martial arts. Remember to stay consistent!