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9 Reasons You Should Learn to Fight (#5 is Most Important of All)

If you've ever considered taking a martial art, here are the reasons why it means more than just kicking some ass.

9 Reasons You Should Learn to Fight (#5 is Most Important of All)

How many times have you wished you could whip some ass like the action heroes you see in movies today? Everyone has seen a movie where one person has the capability to smack the piss out of enough people to occupy a small country.

Though it would be pretty badass to be in that person’s shoes, becoming a one-man army would prove to be a bit difficult. (BTW: If anyone happens to know where to have the procedure done that beefed up Captain America, kindly send me an email.)

Realistically, I’m going to spell out for you a few fantastic reasons you should take up a martial art of some kind. It’d be a long road to becoming as hardcore as Riddick, but there’s plenty of other benefits to it that everyone should be taking advantage of.

So let’s begin:

1. It gives you respect.

Committing to a martial art automatically grants you a newfound level of respect, both from yourself and from others. You will be perceived as someone who can call upon him/herself and nobody else when it's needed the most. It comes with an image of self-sufficiency.

Short: People will respect you for being able to count on yourself.

2. It helps you find yourself.

In the first few weeks of training, you will slowly start to dive deeper into your own inner-self. The outlet creates an opportunity to release and deflate some resentments you may still hold on to. The more time that passes in training, the smaller those resentments become, uncovering parts of yourself you had previously been unable to deal with. It will open a way to self-discovery of your own subconscious.

Short: Training helps clear your mind of clutter, showing only what’s truly important to you.

3. It makes you disciplined.

Motivation is a constantly fleeting virtue. There are always days when you want to throw in the towel and give it a go another day. Discipline is a vehicle, and motivation is a fuel source. You will run out of fuel, and discipline will turn on its reserves to complete the journey. That last gallon of motivation is what discipline keeps close when you need it most.

Short: Discipline becomes the part of you that will always get you there.

4. It makes you stand out.

Martial arts will ALWAYS make you a more interesting person. You will have experiences to share with people, and successes and failures to be proud of. Failure is the soil in which the seeds of success are sown. You will be more inspiring for having battled through intimidating circumstances from when you first began.

Short: Your triumph over your failures will increase the way others value you.

Which brings me to my next point...

5. It humbles you.

The failures you endure will always be a reminder that what is now greatness was not always so. To run, we must walk. To walk, we must crawl. And in between all of those, we must fall. Your scrapes, bruises, and scars will serve as your reminder of a time the things you achieved weren’t always so pleasant.

Short: How you arrived at the peak of the mountain will always be seen just over every ledge.

6. It keeps you safe.

Armed with the skills and knowledge of knowing how to defend yourself in the face of danger will be your biggest weapon. You can react much quicker in high-pressure situations, and your training will play a huge role in combating the threats you may encounter. Though nobody can be completely safe, martial arts will increase your odds of survival tenfold.

Short: You know how to kick someone’s ass if you’re in danger.

7. It makes you smarter.

The side effects of training will help stimulate the release of specific chemicals that will help your brain to kick start neurogenesis. Neurogenesis is the way new brain cells are formed, creating new information connections in your brain to help improve your memory and learn new information much more easily.

Short: Training releases chemicals into your brain to help it grow and get smart.

8. It makes you healthier (obviously).

Fairly challenging martial arts will encourage the body to start using all the fat in your body as a fuel source to keep up with the pace. In addition, it promotes a much healthier cardiovascular system. Most martial arts will flip the switch and start your body on the path of repairing itself by increasing the amount of blood in your body to gather the most oxygen, AND it forces your body to make the most of whatever oxygen is already in your bloodstream. It also increases muscle mass, which speeds up your metabolism.

Short: Training burns the fat, builds the muscle, fixes your cardiovascular system.

9. It is a personal therapist.

Many times you will walk into the gym feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders. Martial arts helps to share that weight. It creates a funnel that channels all of the pains and frustrations of your life into a productive and constructive outlet. Every strike lands with the weight of your grievances, and disappear into nothing. Just like that, your misfortunes and shortcomings get swung hard and fast, only to pound themselves further into non-existence. Your problems will have less of an effect on you the more you expel them through training. Many of us tend to take temporary, meaningless issues to a whole new level of priority. It happens to the best of us. Martial arts will force you to spit out your grievances, look them in the eye and ask, “Does this really deserve this much attention?” And then you will begin dismantling your concerns. Just like a therapist would have you do.

Short: Training angry or upset will force you to face those emotions.

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Christian Spencer

Goes by "Spencer". Has a penchant for delicious food and a strong distaste for poor etiquette. Highly judgemental of those who don't kneel when speaking to children or animals. 

Full-time job is balancing cynicism and optimism.

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