5 Reasons Why You Should Train In Martial Arts
July 21, 2019 (No Comments) by Marc O'Loughlin

Nowadays, the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Martial Arts is fighting, of course it is. With MMA becoming popular all around the world, you see these top athletes train hard and put in a lot of hours to achieve their goals and master their skills.

What if I told you that you can train in any Martial Art, and enter a world that you might be surprised about. There is much more to Martial Arts than just fighting, it’s a way of life and mind set. Training in one, or a few, might be exactly what’s missing in your life.

You can start Martial Arts at any age, ultimately, there is no restriction. There are plenty of classes out there for you to choose from, so pick one that you like and feel comfortable doing. Here are my five reasons why you should start now.

1. Fitness

If you’re going to start a new class and want to learn something new, you’re going to need to know first, that training in any Martial Arts will require a level of fitness. If in any doubt, check out some top Irish fighters in The Top Dogs of Straight Blast Gym.

Now at first, that seems scary, especially if you don’t regularly go to the gym or if it’s your first time training in years. That’s ok, just do your best in the classes and remember that you are there to learn. Every, or any classes be it Boxing, Muay Thai or BJJ will always start with warm ups, skipping rope and stretching.

Do not let that discourage you, it will take time and getting used to. After a few classes or weeks, you will see a difference in yourself, and that’s only the fitness side of it. Never mind learning the Martial Art you choose to train in.

2. You Learn a LOT About Yourself

This is more of a reflection of yourself. What I mean by that is, when you learning something new and especially with a Martial Art, you will find that you have a limit of things at first. But, over time you will be amazed how much you have learnt and grown.

You put in the work and see yourself getting better and better, you start to think, ‘What other areas in my life, can I apply these teachings too?‘. Not only does training in a Martial Art make you improve fitness and fighting skills, but you start seeing that you are capable of anything.

Training in Martial Arts is tough and can be difficult at times. Depending on what you are training in, it does hurt sometimes, but you learn a lot about yourself and what you can do. You will be surprised what will happen once you focus your mind on something.

3. It Teaches You Life Lessons

Now this is the part where most people who start-off training in any Martial Art, just stop and go home. What is that you ask? The losing and getting hit side. Nobody likes losing and nobody likes getting hit, unfortunately that is a stable in any contact sport. Depends on what you train in, Muay Thai, Boxing, Karate or Kickboxing.

You will get hit at some point and you will spar as well. If you have never been in a fight or a sparring session, it is intimidating. Getting hit, kicked and thrown around makes you feel weak and like you don’t belong there. Believe me, I know from first-hand experience.

But it is those moments where you experience life lessons, without even knowing. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. A simple mantra is “if I want to win, I must train better and harder!”. It might sound weird, but you do learn a lot about life while training in Martial Arts. I did for sure.

You learn to overcome situations, put yourself in a position you’re not comfortable in and see yourself progress as a person, while learning life lessons along the way. It’s amazing what you can learn about yourself after a few sparring sessions, just remember to wear protective gear while doing so!

4. It Breaks Up The Week

There is nothing worse than going from Monday to Friday when all you do is work and nothing in between. I know we all have to work, that is necessary and sometimes, a pain. But, if you have something to do during the week, it breaks it up and really gives you something to look forward to.

Having a class to go to and knowing that you’re going to learn something new, gives you that extra boost you need during a work week. There is no better feeling, especially after a tough work day when you go to a class and  can let off a bit of steam.

Be it learning something new, improving on what you already know or just hitting the boxing bag over and over again. It releases tension and you do feel better afterwards. It gives you that sense of achievement and the next day in work doesn’t seem as bad, because you know you have done something in between and for yourself. It is actually that simple.

5. Discipline and Patience

Probably the most important part of learning in any Martial Art, is seeing yourself grow as a person. Martial Arts teaches you discipline. It gives you those life skills that so many other people are looking for and pay for. You can get all of that while learning a Martial art.

This in turn teaches you how to listen to instructions and how to control yourself. It also teaches us to be calm under pressure and makes you realise not everything is achieved overnight. To be great at something, you need to learn about it and take in as much advice as possible in order to take it to the next stage. Martial Arts teaches discipline, even without you knowing sometimes and that reflects on yourself as well after, in the real world.

Discipline equals patience and that is so important for you to learn. Regardless of what age you are, it’s never to late to get things in order. You have to be a team player and take instructions in Martial Arts. If not, you will never progress in any class. It’s so important to learn and expand your knowledge. Learning discipline in a Martial Art class can benefit your work and personal life. Get ready to see yourself getting things done.

Where To Look To Next

There are plenty of classes and gyms around Ireland, a few of our favourites are listed below;

Straight Blast Gym Ireland

Satori BJJ Dublin

Balance Martial Arts & Yoga

Lionheart Muay Thai

If you are looking to start with a Martial Art or even get back into it, choose a place that you are comfortable with and that is close to you. Be it Muay Thai, Boxing, Kickboxing, Karate or BJJ, there is something for everyone out there. From beginners to advanced and kids to adults. The important thing is to go out there and have some fun.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Train In Martial Arts
July 21, 2019 (No Comments) by Marc O'Loughlin

Nowadays, the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Martial Arts is fighting, of course it is. With MMA becoming popular all around the world, you see these top athletes train hard and put in a lot of hours to achieve their goals and master their skills.

What if I told you that you can train in any Martial Art, and enter a world that you might be surprised about. There is much more to Martial Arts than just fighting, it’s a way of life and mind set. Training in one, or a few, might be exactly what’s missing in your life.

You can start Martial Arts at any age, ultimately, there is no restriction. There are plenty of classes out there for you to choose from, so pick one that you like and feel comfortable doing. Here are my five reasons why you should start now.

1. Fitness

If you’re going to start a new class and want to learn something new, you’re going to need to know first, that training in any Martial Arts will require a level of fitness. If in any doubt, check out some top Irish fighters in The Top Dogs of Straight Blast Gym.

Now at first, that seems scary, especially if you don’t regularly go to the gym or if it’s your first time training in years. That’s ok, just do your best in the classes and remember that you are there to learn. Every, or any classes be it Boxing, Muay Thai or BJJ will always start with warm ups, skipping rope and stretching.

Do not let that discourage you, it will take time and getting used to. After a few classes or weeks, you will see a difference in yourself, and that’s only the fitness side of it. Never mind learning the Martial Art you choose to train in.

2. You Learn a LOT About Yourself

This is more of a reflection of yourself. What I mean by that is, when you learning something new and especially with a Martial Art, you will find that you have a limit of things at first. But, over time you will be amazed how much you have learnt and grown.

You put in the work and see yourself getting better and better, you start to think, ‘What other areas in my life, can I apply these teachings too?‘. Not only does training in a Martial Art make you improve fitness and fighting skills, but you start seeing that you are capable of anything.

Training in Martial Arts is tough and can be difficult at times. Depending on what you are training in, it does hurt sometimes, but you learn a lot about yourself and what you can do. You will be surprised what will happen once you focus your mind on something.

3. It Teaches You Life Lessons

Now this is the part where most people who start-off training in any Martial Art, just stop and go home. What is that you ask? The losing and getting hit side. Nobody likes losing and nobody likes getting hit, unfortunately that is a stable in any contact sport. Depends on what you train in, Muay Thai, Boxing, Karate or Kickboxing.

You will get hit at some point and you will spar as well. If you have never been in a fight or a sparring session, it is intimidating. Getting hit, kicked and thrown around makes you feel weak and like you don’t belong there. Believe me, I know from first-hand experience.

But it is those moments where you experience life lessons, without even knowing. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. A simple mantra is “if I want to win, I must train better and harder!”. It might sound weird, but you do learn a lot about life while training in Martial Arts. I did for sure.

You learn to overcome situations, put yourself in a position you’re not comfortable in and see yourself progress as a person, while learning life lessons along the way. It’s amazing what you can learn about yourself after a few sparring sessions, just remember to wear protective gear while doing so!

4. It Breaks Up The Week

There is nothing worse than going from Monday to Friday when all you do is work and nothing in between. I know we all have to work, that is necessary and sometimes, a pain. But, if you have something to do during the week, it breaks it up and really gives you something to look forward to.

Having a class to go to and knowing that you’re going to learn something new, gives you that extra boost you need during a work week. There is no better feeling, especially after a tough work day when you go to a class and  can let off a bit of steam.

Be it learning something new, improving on what you already know or just hitting the boxing bag over and over again. It releases tension and you do feel better afterwards. It gives you that sense of achievement and the next day in work doesn’t seem as bad, because you know you have done something in between and for yourself. It is actually that simple.

5. Discipline and Patience

Probably the most important part of learning in any Martial Art, is seeing yourself grow as a person. Martial Arts teaches you discipline. It gives you those life skills that so many other people are looking for and pay for. You can get all of that while learning a Martial art.

This in turn teaches you how to listen to instructions and how to control yourself. It also teaches us to be calm under pressure and makes you realise not everything is achieved overnight. To be great at something, you need to learn about it and take in as much advice as possible in order to take it to the next stage. Martial Arts teaches discipline, even without you knowing sometimes and that reflects on yourself as well after, in the real world.

Discipline equals patience and that is so important for you to learn. Regardless of what age you are, it’s never to late to get things in order. You have to be a team player and take instructions in Martial Arts. If not, you will never progress in any class. It’s so important to learn and expand your knowledge. Learning discipline in a Martial Art class can benefit your work and personal life. Get ready to see yourself getting things done.

Where To Look To Next

There are plenty of classes and gyms around Ireland, a few of our favourites are listed below;

Straight Blast Gym Ireland

Satori BJJ Dublin

Balance Martial Arts & Yoga

Lionheart Muay Thai

If you are looking to start with a Martial Art or even get back into it, choose a place that you are comfortable with and that is close to you. Be it Muay Thai, Boxing, Kickboxing, Karate or BJJ, there is something for everyone out there. From beginners to advanced and kids to adults. The important thing is to go out there and have some fun.

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