How Can You Benefit from Practicing Taekwondo?

By Anna Boswell / June 26, 2017
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Taekwondo is a Korean martial art which was developed during the 1940s. It is a mix of karate and Chinese martial arts with indigenous Korean martial arts traditions. Techniques incorporated in taekwondo are numerous such as jumping and spinning kicks, head-height kicks, and fast kicking techniques. Facilities and equipment used in taekwondo are usually a uniform often white in color with a belt around the waist. When starting learning taekwondo, one begins with basic forms such as kicking, punching, blocking, board breaking.

As with any other type of physical activity, taekwondo has a variety of benefits on one’s body and overall health condition. Some of them are flexibility, physical coordination, self-discipline, self-awareness, balance, etc.

Self- Esteem and Self-Discipline

When a person strengthens their mental and physical powers, enhanced self-esteem and greater self-discipline are inevitable. You learn how to respect others, and yourself and the self-discipline that comes along together with learning the taekwondo techniques is something that can come in handy in other aspects of your life. These characteristics can be of great help to children at an early age; they learn to focus on their goals and to work hard to achieve them.

Improvement of Overall Well-Being

Taekwondo helps strengthen and improve your body appearance. Easy stretching techniques together with breathing and concentration exercises are an excellent way to improve your reflexes and sharpen your senses. High energy levels, better concentration, flexibility, lower-body strength are some among many positive effects of taekwondo on one’s overall health and well-being.

Stress Relief

taeMaybe one of the most important and desirable benefits of practicing this martial art is stress relief. Kicking or punching a bag or some target can be an ideal way of letting all the accumulated stress out of your body and mind. Setting your mind on and concentrating on achieving your goal can be exhausting, in the end, your mind is blank and capable of feeling nothing but happiness and joy. If you combine physical exhaustion and relaxation of your mind, a good night’s sleep is guaranteed!

Friendship

Although Taekwondo is considered an individual sport, you train and practice with a group of people. In this way, you can meet and connect with different people who you don’t see on a daily basis. These people can help you and give you guidance and assistance whenever necessary, and you can always rely on them and vice versa. This kind of environment is an excellent way of building and developing social skills especially for those people who find it difficult to interact with others in other situations.

Mood Changes

Contrary to common belief, there is a significant number of researchers which show that practicing a martial art helps people reduce aggression. The reason for this is not only the physical aspect of the training but also the meditation and lectures that are included in most learning processes. Other researchers show that Taekwondo helps reduce behavioral problems in children.

Benefits of Practicing Karate

By Anna Boswell / June 26, 2017
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It is a common truth that physical activity does wonders for our body, mind and overall health. People who exercise or do any physical activity are known to live longer and lead a healthy and productive life. Although a great number of people connect martial arts with aggression, learning and practicing karate or judo or mixed martial arts(MMA), can have long-term, positive consequences on our health. Improving physical and psychological health, boosting one’s self-esteem and confidence, improving energy levels and concentration are just some of many positive effects of learning and practicing karate.

Improvement of Mental Health

Although it cannot be seen, the improvement of mental health is one of the most important and viable benefits of learning karate. Living a stress-free life is something we all aspire to, but not many of us can achieve that state. After a couple of hours of intense karate training, one’s body feels completely exhausted and muscles relaxed. The mind is completely free of negative thoughts and filled with a sense of happiness and achievement. If you are pushed to your limits, your mind will entirely be focused on completing that task, and it won’t have the time or the energy to think about anything else. It is also a great life lesson to young people that when you set your mind to and focus your energy on achieving something, you will get great results.

Improvement of Physical Health

Improvement of physical health is a benefit that can be seen in short time. People who train karate are more flexible, their muscles and joints are more flexible and have little chances of getting hurt in accidents than the people who don’t train. Moreover, balanced blood pressure, low cholesterol and sugar level are some of many other positive sides of training karate. There is also the habit of exercising regularly three or four times a week which is one of the most important things in life.

Boosting Self-Esteem and Confidence

Boosting self-esteem and confidence is something we should all do on a regular basis. If you believe in yourself and your capabilities, it will be easier to approach the task at hand and complete it successfully. When it comes to karate, a goal that is set has to be achieved step by step. Belt ranking system is something that measures one’s progress in karate. If one’s goal is a black belt, each belt before that comes as a prize for completing a stage and getting closer to an ultimate goal. It is when a person realizes that despite the difficulties, they were capable of achieving what they had in mind and this is the best way of boosting self-confidence and self-esteem on a long run.

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Making Friends for Life

One of the great benefits in any sport are friendships which last a lifetime. When you share and have common goals with someone else, it is easy to make new friends because, first and foremost, you understand and support each other no matter what.