Martial Arts are a great way to build self-confidence and discipline in students. With consistent practice and focus, Martial Arts also provide a variety of positive health benefits for both body and mind.
From a mental perspective the discipline teaches self-awareness, focus and determination, and is a path to greater mental clarity. It also helps students keep calm under pressure, even in a stressful environment.
When thinking of the physical benefits, Martial Arts improve one’s flexibility, balance, and coordination, as well as providing a great way to build and maintain muscle tone, assist in weight loss, and improve energy levels.
With that in mind, let’s explore 10 of the most common health benefits of martial arts.
1. Self Defence
Martial arts can be described as a system of techniques, skills and methods involving physical and mental conditioning, that are perfect for teaching practical ways to defend yourself or loved ones, in the event of being physically assaulted.
Kung Fu has been an integral part of Chinese cultural tradition for thousands of years, and includes a comprehensive range of techniques that are perfect for self-defence, including punches, kicks, throws and joint locks.
Do you ever feel threatened, bullied or intimidated? Would you like to learn how to defend yourself? Wu Xing Dao is a style of Internal Martial Arts that teaches self-defence techniques that are easy to learn and put into practice.
The techniques are highly effective, and will give you the confidence and skills to defend yourself if necessary. Wu Xing Dao focuses on developing self-awareness and lightning quick reflexes, which will help you to get out of a dangerous situation if it arises.
2 .Focus and Mental Clarity
Do you find it hard to focus or concentrate throughout the day?
Are you a victim of constant distractions and interruptions? Are you tired of all the noise and clutter in your head, or random thoughts that just won’t go away?
Wu Xing Dao teaches Qigong for mental focus and clarity. It is a unique, simple and effective way for you to achieve a clear mind and razor sharp focus, so that you can concentrate better, work or study smarter, and get more done.
Wu Xing Dao uses a series of simple, meditative movements and postures that are easy to learn and put into practice. It is a powerful program that will help you to feel more focused, relaxed and motivated to achieve your goals.
3.Determination and Resilience
If you are like most people, you have probably given up on something a few times in your life. For example, maybe you decided to quit smoking, but you didn’t have the willpower to follow through.
Perhaps you were enthusiastic to lose weight by participating in a new sport or activity, but found it difficult, and quickly lost your motivation to persevere.
Wu Xing Dao teaches you that you need to develop the mental and physical skills to follow through with your goals and keep moving forward. This is the essence of determination and resilience.
By learning to structure your day to include a little bit of physical activity, or to take time to unwind and remove yourself from distractions such as TV or scrolling social media on your phone, you will be able to follow through with your goals, and you will also be able to better deal with the inevitable setbacks that you will face.
Wu Xing Dao Kung Fu also believes in instilling these behaviors at a young age, and teaches children to persevere and never give up. It helps kids learn how to believe in themselves and gives them the tools they need to succeed.
Within a relatively short amount of time Martial Arts can teach children the benefits of exercise, physical fitness, and self-discipline, while instilling in them a sense of accomplishment, self-confidence, and a strong sense of self-belief.
4. Weight Loss
Do you find that you have trouble controlling your appetite? Do you find it hard to stop yourself from overeating?
Often this culminates in you gaining weight, which then affects your confidence and self-esteem, perpetuating a cycle of yo-yo dieting or failed weight loss strategies.
When you commit to a new training program you often start to make quick progress, but then you seem to reach a plateau and results begin to slow.
Have you found that once you have started losing weight you having trouble keeping it off?
Wu Xing Dao Kung Fu can help you with all of these problems. It is a combination of martial arts and meditation practices that can help you lose weight, stop overeating and control your appetite.
As a qualified Personal Trainer as well as a Martial Artist Instructor, I have helped many people over the years in finding a weight loss strategy that works for their lifestyle, and makes it easier to commit to for the long term.
I am not saying that the road to weight loss is an easy one, but taking little steps and regularly achieving short term goals is the best way to stay motivated and keep pushing forward.
5. Increased Energy
Today we are more disconnected from the natural world than ever before. We spend most of our time indoors and we spend even more time on our computers and smart phones. We have become so disconnected from the natural world that we have lost touch with our own energy.
Do you often find that you lack the energy to get through your busy day? Are you looking for an exercise program that will not only increase your energy, but also give you a way to stay in shape and feel in control of your life?
Wu Xing Dao Kung Fu may be the answer to your problems. Our holistic martial arts program is easy to follow, even for the most uninitiated. The techniques we teach are straight forward and regular practice of these easy to learn exercises will boost your body’s natural energy or ‘Qi’, and keep you in shape.
Another advantage of our martial arts training system is that you learn deep breathing practices that can lower your resting heart rate, helping you to feel more relaxed even under stressful circumstances, and allowing you to unwind at the end of a busy day and get a restful night’s sleep.
6. Improved Flexibility
If you have ever felt stiff or tight during the day, lacked general flexibility, or felt muscle cramps or inability to move freely, then you probably need a little bit more flexibility in your life.
Wu Xing Dao has a varied regime of exercises that can help you vastly improve your flexibility over time. Our free movement training principles were created with the idea that none of us are ‘built’ in the same way, and therefore we shouldn’t be forced into a strict way of moving that may not be practical or comfortable for our particular body type.
Through dedication to applying these creative movement principles, you will rapidly improve the flexibility and suppleness of your body, which is something that most people lack. In this martial art, you will learn how to use your body to its fullest potential as you develop muscle tone; improve your flexibility, balance, and coordination.
Wu Xing Dao Kung Fu is an exciting martial art that is based on an ancient Chinese philosophy of balance and inner harmony.
The beauty of our style of Kung Fu is that it can be learned by people of all ages and physical abilities.
Regardless of whether your interest is in learning martial arts for self-defence, self-confidence or to improve your health and fitness, Wu Xing Dao has something valuable for everyone.
It is a martial art that will help you to improve your balance and focus, build strength and flexibility, and stay grounded. It is a martial art that you will truly enjoy practicing.
8. Faster Reflexes
Wu Xing Dao Kung Fu works on the philosophy that once an opponent shows aggression or initiates an attack, the practitioner immediately moves to intercept this advance.
It is a way to learn how to be more in tune with your body and be in the moment, even in stressful situations. Wu Xing Dao Kung Fu teaches you how to react automatically, by training nervous system response to trigger an automatic reaction when being attacked.
Through use of sensitivity training we can teach our body to flow and adapt when faced with an aggressive assailant, and use their force against them.
By staying soft, calm and relaxed we can redirect their attack, and open up opportunities to respond in kind, ending a confrontation as quickly as possible.
9. Build and maintain muscle tone
For years people have wanted to have a lean, flexible and toned body. However, very few people realise this is not a matter of diet and exercise alone.
To achieve a healthy and toned body, you need to do more than just diet and exercise. The key to achieving this is with our unique training system at Wu Xing Dao Kung Fu.
Our traditional Chinese Internal Martial Art teaches you how to balance your body and mind. It will help you to achieve an optimal state of health and fitness, as well as help you to make better food choices.
After beginning this workout program, you will start to notice increased energy levels, better sleeping patterns and an elevated mood.
With consistent practice it is possible to achieve a lean, flexible and toned body, and boost your confidence and self-esteem.
All you need to do is take the first step and reach out to our team, so we can discuss your goals and see if our training system is the right fit for you.
10. Improve Self Esteem and Confidence
Low self-confidence and low self-esteem can be crippling problems to face in in social, school or work interactions.
Anxiety is an even bigger problem that unfortunately impacts many people, especially with recent events such as the global pandemic, creating great uncertainty in many aspects of our lives.
Many of us are afraid to talk to others because of the perception that it will impact our self-image, or make us feel inadequate.
But what if you could stop being afraid of other people?
With Xing Dao Martial Arts, you can strengthen your mind and body and greatly increase your self-confidence.
In conclusion, taking martial arts classes will help you build a healthier body and, by extension, a healthier lifestyle.
There is no way to study martial arts any way other than practice. The more you practice, the more you learn. Therefore, the more dedicated you are to your training, the more knowledgeable you will be.
A martial artist devotes time to their martial art in order to master it, and understands its power lies not only in improving physical and mental skills, but also in making martial arts a way of life.
Wu Xing Dao Kung Fu is a traditional martial art that is a great way to improve your health and increase your energy levels. It is designed to increase self-confidence, develop better coordination, balance, flexibility and strength, with the ultimate goal of shaping a powerful body and mind.
Whether you want to lose weight, get in shape, become stronger and more flexible, or improve your self-confidence, we believe Wu Xing Dao Kung Fu will be the right martial art for you.