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How Martial Arts Can Improve Your Health

Martial Arts are touted as being violent sports, when in all actuality they can help improve your overall wellbeing.

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Meditation Is The Key

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Meditation is crucial to clearing your mind from distractions, as well as keeping you focused on important things only. In today's busy world, it is very beneficial to take a moment to breathe and take in your surroundings. Before you make decisions, it is important that you think about the consequences that may come from those actions. This is where meditation comes into play.

The original purpose of meditation was to align your "Ki" (or spiritual energy). Eastern Traditions believed that there was a life force in all of us, and the main way to center, or align, that energy was to "turn off" all distractions and focus only on your surroundings. If you decide that meditation is for you, you will see exactly what they were talking about! Tae Yun Kim, a grandmaster martial artist, has a great article on this topic.

Physical Activity Gives You An Outlet

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Just like any other physical activity, martial arts get your blood flowing and your muscles moving. It's long been known that if you go on a run or walk after a stressful day, your body will react by releasing endorphins (or "Happy Chemicals") to your brain. This will lift your overall mood, and leave you feeling better after that stressful day.

Martial Arts also make you a chance to express your creative side. From Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, to a modern-day martial artist like Conor McGregor all have their own style. Sure the moves may be similar, but each martial artist's body moves differently than another. Doesn't mean they're doing it wrong, it's just their style! So go ahead and throw your jabs how you throw them, or spinning head kick they way you want to - there's really no right or wrong way to perform the moves, just as long as you can land it!

Training With A Partner Is Better

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All things in life are better when you have someone to share it with. Martial Arts are no different, and a lot of the time there are more than 10 people in a class. When you get a group together with a similar interest, you tend to form bonds. Whether it's a sparring partner, or someone with a higher belt than you, people start to grow on each other.

Just having someone to talk to if you are having a stressful day can help, especially with someone who is unbiased and not part of the situation. Making new, close friends has been linked to a healthier life. So get moving, get centered, and get control of your mental wellbeing!

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