Why take Karate? What are the Benefits?

The reasons for learning karate vary by each individual although the most common reason is for self-defense; to feel safe and confident in today’s world. No one wants to be attacked but through training and practice with simulated attacks you gain the confidence and skills to be better prepared should a situation arise.

Some other reasons for learning karate are getting in shape, improving coordination and focus, competition, relieving stress and having fun. There are many activities that will help with some of these however; karate offers all these benefits in the same activity. In the martial arts, people of all ages and physical levels gain: physical fitness, stress relief, self-defense, leadership skills, improved concentration, increased focus, self-discipline, confidence, good sportsmanship, a sense of accomplishment and have fun. The martial arts are a great way to relieve stress, get in shape and feel good, which is a valuable benefit to balance our often hectic and demanding lives. These are just some of the benefits you can gain through the martial arts.

The martial arts encourage challenging oneself, learning new things, overcoming obstacles, building on strengths and strengthen weaknesses. These skills are learned simultaneously with the techniques; they are inseparable. What you learn and gain from the martial arts can be applied to all aspects of your life. It truly becomes a journey. Whatever the reason for starting, the benefits come from within the individual. That is perhaps the most important and overlooked aspect of the martial arts.