What are the benefits of martial arts for adults?
There are a lot of benefits and reasons to start training martial arts as an adult. In this post, we will go through 9 of the main benefits you might see, if you picked up any martial art and started to practice it regularly.
These benefits are not guaranteed, and they depend a lot on your starting condition as well as your choice of martial arts, and how committed you are to it. Here are the best martial arts for beginners.
Also, if you have not yet started to practice martial arts but would like to try, here is a full 6-step guide on how to start training martial arts.
But now, let’s get started with the first benefit you might see if you started to practice martial arts!
1. Martial arts can improve confidence
One of the biggest benefits for me when I picked up martial arts after turning 18, was improved confidence.
Surely, the first few weeks and even months of training were scary and awkward, since I barely knew what I was doing.
Thankfully, the supportive environment of the gym kept me going, and after practicing for several months, I could see my confidence improve even outside the gym.
Not only that starting martial arts put me into an uncomfortable situation, but knowing that I could take care of myself if it came to a self-defense situation definitely made me a more confident person overall.
That confidence might even get you out of those situations easier since you do not look as easy of a target to someone who is looking for a fight.
2. Martial arts can help you to defend yourself
I kind of talked about this in benefit #1 as well, but the second benefit is that martial arts can and probably will help you to defend yourself.
It is a lot better to know any martial art if you ever encounter an unfortunate situation, where you have to physically defend yourself or a loved one.
On top of that, practicing martial arts you can really see the damage someone can do with their bare hands to other people. That knowledge and improved confidence might help you to avoid those situations.
In an ideal world, nobody should have to physically defend themselves, but every now and then, there are news or stories about fights happening for the most stupid reasons imaginable.
If that happens to you, it’s good to be able to defend yourself. Sometimes those situations are unavoidable. Picking up martial arts as an adult could help you out a lot if you find yourself in a situation like that.
3. Martial arts can help you to lose weight or stay in shape
The third benefit of martial arts for adults is that they are physically really intense. That means you will burn a lot of calories, which might help you lose weight or stay in shape if you are already in pretty good condition.
On top of that, intense training can help you to build some muscle, even though lifting weights can be a lot more efficient way to do that.
Here is a post about how martial arts can help you to lose weight.
4. Martial arts can teach discipline
The next benefit of martial arts is that they can build discipline.
Discipline is like a muscle, and you have to train it in order to keep it. Martial arts are a great way to keep yourself disciplined by practicing regularly.
On top of that, by knowing you have been training hard at the gym or dojo, you might make other good decisions, since you don’t want to waste your progress.
That small win in your weekly schedule might help you to build and maintain a more disciplined lifestyle overall, and help you in other aspects of life as well.
Here is a post about how martial arts build discipline.
6. You can compete in tournaments
The next benefit which was a big factor for me when I first started was competitions.
If you are really competitive person, some martial arts offer a great way to unleash that competitiveness, in a sport that is also really fun to practice.
Competitions and tournaments can also be good motivators and help you to stay active with your training.
7. Martial arts can improve reflexes and flexibility
Martial arts can definitely help adults to improve their reflexes and to become more flexible.
Usually, depending on the martial arts, there is a comprehensive warmup and stretching session before and/or after the lesson.
That might be extra helpful for those, who are a bit older to keep their body functioning properly and to stay more flexible.
Even if you said to yourself “I’m going to be stretching every day from now on”, you might easily forget that completely.
By doing martial arts regularly, you are pretty much forced to stretch regularly, of course depending on the martial art and gym you attend.
8. Martial arts can keep you in better shape as you get older
As you get older, it becomes somewhat more difficult to stay in shape. Training martial arts regularly is a good way for adults to stay in better shape for longer.
Not only will martial arts get your heart rate up, but you will also be learning new techniques and challenging your body in different ways as you progress.
9. You will meet new people while practicing martial arts
One thing I noticed as I got older, was that I did not keep in touch with as many people as I used to.
It might also become more difficult to find new friends and meet new people if you already have a stable job and a friend group.
When picking up martial arts as an adult, you will meet new people with that you at least have one thing in common: martial arts.
This doesn’t mean you have to be best friends with everybody you train with, but that definitely makes it easier to start new relationships, when you see them regularly.
10. Martial arts come with mental benefits
If you have ever tried meditating, martial arts can bring you some kind of inner peace as you practice.
The main thing I notice when I first started BJJ, was that after the class, my mind was so empty and peaceful.
I had no time to think about anything stressful as I was practicing and sparring. It was really a cleansing moment in my weekly schedule.
If you have a stressful job or anything else that might be mentally exhausting, martial arts could help you with that. At least they helped me.
In conclusion, there are a lot of benefits to martial arts for adults starting from physical ones to mental benefits.
I hope this gives you the courage to get started with martial arts. There are so many different options out there, you should be able to find one that fits your needs the best.
I hope this was helpful, have a wonderful day!