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Martial Arts: It’s not about fighting!
By: Maneera Saxena Behl
Not just a tool to beat up bad guys and bullies, but practicing martial art benefits the entire body and mind.
Martial arts are a combination of various self-defense systems and mind-focusing work-outs. Not only does it train one to be an adept warrior, but also ensures that the person practicing this form stays mentally agile and physically fit. Feeling disturbed and angry? Not a problem as martial arts reverses energy imbalances within the body and also calms the raging emotions within one’s mind.
Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Judo are some prominent martial art examples. The term ‘martial art’ is often used to describe the various East Asian fighting arts. The more appropriate origin of the term ‘martial art’ lies in a Latin word meaning ‘Arts of Mars’, the Roman warrior God.
In fact, a study published in the May 1985 edition of Psychology Today Magazine highlighted the confirmed benefits of practicing martial arts. It revealed that people who made any of the above martial arts a part of their daily routine showed lower levels of stress and anxiety and higher levels of self esteem and intelligence. So, here is the scientific reason you were looking for to get motivated enough to get that Black Belt you always wanted!
Martial Arts Demystified
Historically the appearance of the first martial art practices dates back to the late 1st millennium BC. The modern martial art prevalent in Asia is a unique admixture of early Indian and Chinese martial art practices. In Europe, martial arts appearance dates back to the classical antiquity. The various boxing and wrestling contests which we often get to view on our television sets is a good recreation of the historical gladiatorial combats prevalent in ancient Europe.
Martial art does not alone prepare a fighter in you. These days it is used as a means to promote mental and physical well being. Not only does it give one a sound body, but a sound mind as well. Therefore many people nowadays include martial art practices in their daily health and fitness regimen.
Physical Health Benefits of Martial Art:
Martial arts increases a person’s strength, stamina, coordination and flexibility.
The various physical health benefits of martial arts may be listed as follows:
- Strengthens the lymphatic system and boosts lymph flow
- Improves cardiovascular health and one’s breathing capacity
- Strengthens the digestive and excretory systems
- Helps to lower high blood pressure, triglyceride and cholesterol levels
- Lowers one’s susceptibility to cold, allergies, cancer, digestive disorders, abdominal ailments, arthritis and other degenerative disorders
- Tones muscles, strengthens muscles and makes muscles injury resistant
- Supplies more oxygen to body cells and tissues
- Strengthens immune system
- Prevents Type 2 diabetes
- Improves glandular functioning
- Gives relief from fatigue and menstrual problems