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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Martial Arts

Participating in a martial arts class has many benefits for the mind and body; it’s an activity beloved by many adults and children, but there are some things about martial arts you may not have known.

The Origin of Martial Arts

Many people might think that all martial arts originated in China or Japan. However, the truth is that different disciplines have different origins. For example, Karate began in Japan, but Muay Thai started in Thailand, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu comes from Brazil.

Martial Arts Uniforms

For many disciplines of martial arts including Karate and Muay Thai, the uniform is a significant part of the sport, and again, it is different depending on which martial art you practice. You can talk to an instructor at a Calgary martial arts studio about the proper uniform and protective equipment you’ll need.

Martial Arts Are Popular for Adults and Children

Many people might believe that Karate is only for kids, or that martial arts are only beneficial for children. While young people do benefit from the mental and physical training of martial arts, the workouts, skills and personal growth students experience are valuable for individuals of any age.

Martial Arts at the Olympics

Not all martial arts are recognized as Olympic sports, but if you plan to go far in Karate, you could find yourself at the Olympics. In fact, Karate will make its debut at the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan at the 2020 Summer Olympics. Other martial arts such as Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai have high-level competitions as well.

Benefits of Martial Arts

The health benefits of martial arts may be evident to some people, but many individuals don’t realize what else martial arts training can do for you. Participating in martial arts helps to build confidence and courage and brings clarity to your life by helping to put things into perspective. You’ll also learn the values of respect, accountability, hard work, and dedication.  

The health benefits of martial arts may be evident to some people, but many individuals don’t realize what else martial arts training can do for you. Participating in martial arts helps to build confidence and courage and brings clarity to your life by helping to put things into perspective. You’ll also learn the values of respect, accountability, hard work, and dedication.  

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