Most people will head to
the gym to see changes in their physiques but we know that the karate arts
offer changes that go far deeper and in this article, we have broken down
seven ways the karate arts change people for the better.
1. You No Longer
Seek Out Fights
Many of us start karate arts to
control our anger; we required a way to channel our aggression from
violence into a more productive outlet. After years of training, we have
achieved that goal.
2. You Do Not Snap
When You Are Challenged
You have just been insulted but
take it as the water off a ducks back. The rage that would have once
filled your veins is no longer there. Instead, you tactically weigh up the
aggressor so that you can strike back if and when you decide it is
3. You Respect
Respect is something that is not
often taught but in karate art we learn that respect is key. We show this
with a bow or handshake as we train with a new partner. We show this at
the beginning and end of every class.
But why? It is the realisation that we are all human beings and we are in
this together. At first, this feeling is merely towards your fellow
students, however, in time this feeling grows to outside and to the
You respect everyone until they disrespect you or commit an act that loses
4. You Feel
Confident In Situations That Others Crumble In
When you have an opponent who has
his 18 Stone frame pressed onto your chest, and you must escape, suddenly
everything in life has the volume turned down.
This feeling carries on long after you leave class and the more you take
part in karate arts and when you find yourself in situations of stress or
crisis you handle them in a far better manner.
5. Your Body Is More
Explosive (No Matter How Old You Are)
In a lifetime of karate arts, you
will lose weight, put on weight and lose it again. However, you will
always retain the ability to create explosive power in an instant.
In boxing, they say the last thing to go is a boxers punch, and the karate
arts is the same.
The ability to explode with power and speed will never leave you!
6. You Encourage
Others In Every Situation
In class, you are a team, the
karate arts can be practised alone, but you will often spend time training
This will require you to encourage others in your training as they
encourage you. This is the law of reciprocation at work.
However this process lingers on long after class ends, and you soon find
that you encourage others because you do not see them as opponents, you
know the greatest opposition is yourself. For that reason, you help people
to achieve their goals in life, no matter who they are.
7. Missing Training
Is No Longer Filled With Guilt
When you first start karate arts,
you need to get to every class, in fact, if you miss a class you punish
yourself again and again.
But if you stick with the karate arts you will soon realise that the arts
are part of life and not a stop sign.
Family and work commitments all have to be addressed, and your karate art
will become a part of that life. It is for this reason that taking a week
off training or even a few months will not phase you. Instead, you are
filled with the knowledge that you will return when the circumstances
When you feel in this way, you know you have truly become a karate artist.
The karate arts benefit us all in
mysterious ways. Some are intangible benefits that you struggle to put
into words; others are more obvious physical ones.
Either way, we know the karate arts hold superb benefits that few
appreciate and now we need to encourage others to take them up.
We are guardians of the karate arts and together we can encourage others
to make their first step on a journey we have been on for a long time.