4 Reasons Why We Love Martial Arts
1. Martial Arts Is For Everyone
Rickson Gracie, a famed practitioner of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu once quipped that, “If size mattered, the elephant would be king of the jungle.” While a basketball player might need to be tall and a football player or hockey player also might need to be a larger individual, this is simply not the case when one is speaking of karate or jiu jitsu in Carlsbad.
Children, teens and adults of any size can be successful at karate, taekwondo or jiu jitsu in Carlsbad. All it takes is hard work and dedication to be successful in martial arts. Keep in mind that many of the best martial arts practitioners in the world have not been gigantic individuals. Bruce Lee was a mere five feet, seven inches tall, and Jackie Chan is just 5’9”. You probably have seen many schools for Brazilian jiu-jitsu in Carlsbad and elsewhere. Helio Gracie, one of the founders of this style of martial arts, was also 5’9” and had been physically weak throughout his life. Yet he learned jiu jitsu and was able to beat opponents that were far larger than he was.
2. Martial Arts Is A Fun & Exciting Form Of Exercise
In order to encourage children to stay fit throughout their youth and adult life, it is wise to find activities that they truly love and activities that they can continue to enjoy as they age. Martial arts, such as karate, judo or jiu jitsu in Carlsbad, can be just the ticket. We find that the level of enthusiasm for karate is very high, and it often appeals to children and teens who don’t wish to participate in team sports.
3. You Can Begin Martial Arts Training At Any Age
Unlike team sports, which can become quite difficult and competitive even at an early age, a child or teen can truly begin martial arts training at any time. For instance, by the time a child is 11 or 12, most of the other kids playing baseball, softball, soccer and football have been playing for a number of years, and the competition and level of play is challenging to say to the least. With karate classes or jiu jitsu in Carlsbad, you can join a school at any time and be placed in a class with students in your age group with little to no marital arts experience.
At Team MAI, we organize our classes by age and ability level. This means your 12-year-old will never be in a beginner’s class with kids that are just 6 or 7 years old. You can train with kids or teens your own age, which makes the experience all the more fun. If you think your child is too old for martial arts, think again. Bruce Lee was in his early teens when he began martial arts training, and he obviously wasn’t too old to begin training. As we’ve said before, anyone can be successful in martial arts with the proper attitude and work ethic.
You might think that as they enter adulthood, they will have learned all they can about martial arts and need no further training. However, martial arts, as we like to say, is not a race, it’s a journey. This journey can continue throughout your entire life. For instance, martial arts training for older teens and adults is far more advanced than it is for children. Earning a black belt as an adult differs from earning a black belt as a child; many new skills and techniques will be added to your training regime.
4. Martial Arts Can Improve Many Aspects Of Your Life
For the instructors at Team MAI, martial arts is truly a way of life. We believe that the lessons you learn while taking karate lessons, taekwondo lessons or jiu jitsu in Carlsbad will be felt in many other areas of your life. For instance, we aim to teach confidence, respect and discipline to all of our students.
With a high level of confidence and self-esteem combined with discipline and a good work ethic, a person can achieve just about any goal. When you add respect and a humble attitude to the mix, you have a well-rounded person who has all the building blocks they need to achieve a successful life. So while you might begin taking karate classes or perhaps jiu jitsu in Carlsbad as a fun activity, the lessons you learn in the dojo truly can transform your life.