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Top 5 Reasons To Learn Karate

Aug 18, 2007
Millions of Americans are currently enlisted in some sort of martial arts class. Training in karate has many benefits, and not all of them are what you would imagine. If the thought of martial arts sounds interesting to you, read on to find even more inspiration to get out of the house and start learning some sort of martial art.

The first reason is the most obvious, so we'll get it out of the way sooner. That reason is self defense. Karate teaches you how to protect yourself from attacks, as well as how to incapacitate an attacker as quickly and easily as possible. It delves into many technical aspects of combat in order to find the best way to protect oneself. Karate can give you a sense of confidence and fearlessness, since you know you can defend yourself.

Another reason to learn karate, or perhaps a side effect of learning it, is the physical fitness. Karate training not only improves your mental ability, increases your reflexes and response time, but it also takes a good deal of physical exertion just to make it through the training every day. You'll quickly find yourself burning fat, getting stronger, and becoming more coordinated and flexible.

For many people, karate or martial arts are as much a spiritual as a physical exercise. It has often been likened to meditation, and many arts deal with internal energy (such as the Chi flow). Some people swear that they start to feel more energetic, with a brighter outlook on the world once they start learning karate. It also teaches discipline and perseverance.

Another reason to learn karate is because of an interest in its cultural roots. While a karate lesson is definitely no substitute for a Japanese history class, the entire art carries with it the thousands of years of evolution it has gone through. Lots of schools teach more traditional styles of karate, with deep historical roots.

The final reason to register for a karate class is that it is simply fun. Once you've trudged through the basic techniques, you'll be excited to come to class every time so that you can learn new moves and new ways to defend yourself. Every class, you'll find out new things that you never knew you were capable of. This kind of self discovery is an incentive for most people who are involved in martial arts, and it is certainly a possibility for you.
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