Martial Arts Training is Designed to Enhance Our Body
A somewhat more abstract benefit to physical training in martial arts, is the ability to better understand your own body. A lot of people work and live in sedentary jobs, with minimal physical exercise. As a result, it is easy in this lifestyle for people to become disconnected from their own bodies. By training regularly in martial arts, we do not simply learn techniques or how to build our bodies but, discover its limitations and potentials.
Without being tested and put under pressure, we cannot fully understand where our limits are or how far we can take training. By pushing your body to do more, whether it might be by push ups, striking drills or grappling, you will gain a deeper understanding of how your own body works, its strengths and weaknesses but, also of yourself.
Unlike regular fitness training and body building, martial arts exercises are designed to enhance our bodies towards a specific purpose. This purpose being the application of our movement in a combative situation. As a result, although we may train in many similar ways to others outside of the martial arts community, the intent in training remains unique. Through regular and dedicated training, our physical health is not only enhanced, but also our ability to be effective when applying our skills.