5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Martial Arts Training

Although we're living in an age when women are speaking up for themselves more than ever, it's not easy to feel strong and powerful every single day. But according to trainer, Amar Naab, their is one self-empowerment move every woman should know….

When you think of exercising, you usually think of muscle-bound weight lifters, yoga classes that bend you in half, or sweat-inducing spin classes. But what about martial arts?

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This ancient form of exercise and self-defence is growing in popularity and combines everything you need to lead a fit and healthy lifestyle. So, whether you are an exercise beginner or a serial fitness class quitter, martial arts training could be the one for you! 

“Martial arts is beneficial for all because it's one of the few forms of sports that helps you develop mentally as well as physically. Everybody should be able to defend themselves and sports like Muay Thai  and BJJ can help level the playing with techniques and styles benefiting the smarter competitor as opposed to the biggest and strongest. It gives everyone equal opportunity and provides a great basis for self-defence.” says Amar Naab, active Muay Thai competitor and PT.

Ronda Rousey stands in her corner before facing Bethe Correia during the UFC. Photo by Time Magazine

Ronda Rousey stands in her corner before facing Bethe Correia during the UFC. Photo by Time Magazine

 “Although there are no formal statistics for gender specific martial arts take up, it is clear popularity is increasing with more martial arts and combat sports now having women specific divisions / promotions, something we have seen in the UFC and before that female boxers appearing on male dominated events. It is clear from this, women's martial arts gains more and more interest every year with sports athletes like Ronda Rousey breaking the barriers of a male dominated sport and achieving equal success. People love to see someone else do it, it shows them that it is possible.”

Today, Amar Naab reveals the 5 reasons to start training in martial arts.

1. To get fit – if you want to work up a sweat and try and lose those extra pounds, there’s no other activity that requires the amount of fitness as martial arts. If you want to compete you need an excellent level of fitness. The three, three-minute rounds might not sound like a lot but unless your fitness is that of a competitive martial artist you probably won’t get through a single round, let alone three!

2. Better yourself – being in an environment full of people with the same goals and values and concentrating on developing themselves is only going to make you want to join the bandwagon and do the same. Selfimprovement is a core value in all martial arts and with this in mind it will lead you to start making better life choices for yourself.

3. Self-defence – we’ve all been in the situation where we’re out alone and our mind starts worrying what might be lurking in the shadows. Martial arts like Muay Thai and Brazilian jujitsu train you with the mindset of beating an opponent who is athletic and skilled. Not everyone has these skills though, so these disciplines are an art form that create the foundations for effective self-defence.

4. Open doors – starting new things can lead you on a journey you never even thought about. Many people entering a martial arts gym never consider where it could take them. Many champions started out by taking classes for self-defence or fitness, just like international superstar Conor McGregor.

5. Life changing – taking part in martial arts can make many positive changes in your everyday life like not being out of breath from chasing the kids around, being able to concentrate better at work or simply reducing your stress and anxiety. Martial arts are a lifestyle and there’s such a big world with a wide spectrum of new and different experiences and opportunities you'd never imagine you’d be involved with and we’re positive you’ll make some excellent friends along the way!

Jade Jones MBE is a double Olympic Gold medallist after winning in the Rio Olympics 2016 for the second time.

Jade Jones MBE is a double Olympic Gold medallist after winning in the Rio Olympics 2016 for the second time.

In addition to enjoying the challenge of a new sport, Naab fell in love with teaching people how to box because he saw what an amazing impact it had on not only their mood but their self-confidence.