Physical Benefits:

     Though most people would list physical fitness as an obvious benefit of studying martial arts, few people really understand all the physical benefits. Two things separate martial arts training from many sports and workout regimens your children might try. First, martial arts have developed over thousands of years, and in that time the teaching techniques have perfected the break-down and perfection of each movement. Second, martial arts is a discipline that will continue to provide physical benefits throughout a person's lifetime. Martial artists are known, not only for long life-times, but for being physically fit well into their last years. Martial artists, as old as 100 years old, have performed in tournaments. Some of the physical benefits include:

  • Strength

  • Endurance

  • Improved health

  • Diminishes risk of obesity

  • Decreases risk of some cancers

  • Decreases risk of hypertension can help guard against osteoporosis

  • Coordination

  • Flexibility

Behaviour and Attitude Improvements:

     There have been misperception that martial arts training will lead to their children into acting more aggressive, more out of control, when in fact this is a false perception of training martial arts. Children who participate in a traditional martial arts program often show improved behaviour in several ways. Some examples are: mental benefits, improvements in respect toward others, goal setting and achievement, mental awareness, self-defense, and discipline.

Mental Benefits:

At first glace, martial arts may seem to be a set of physical skills, in reality the real goal is to condition the mind. It is the mind that has to learn to act quickly, often reading subtle signs and responding with a complex set of moves. The mental benefits of martial arts are possibly more significant than the physical. Some of the benefits are:

  • Self-control

  • Self-confidence

  • Self-discipline

  • Self-respect

  • Self-improvement

  • Improved focus & concentration

  • Healthier body image

  • Enjoyment and achievement

  • Character building

  • The exhilaration and sense of achievement that comes from working hard to master new skills

  • Perseverance


     Lessons in the martial arts studio are conducted in an atmosphere of respect. Students bow in and out, show respect for the flags, the studio and their masters, instructors and senior students. In return, they are shown respect by other students at all levels, the teachers and share in the respect that others show at the school.


     As students move up through each belt level, they are shown new techniques. Before moving to the next level, students achieve proficiency. This cycle of establishing and achieving.

Mental Awareness:

     The mental abilities already discussed, along with training in self-defense and sparring, produces an attitude of mental awareness of self and others. An experienced martial artist is aware of his or her surroundings at all times. This attitude helps the students respond better to many aspects of life.


      In our current society, children  are exposed to fewer sources of tradition than they once were. We have come through social periods when change and upheaval, for better or worse, have torn apart the bonds of tradition that tie each generation to the past and future. In traditional martial arts, a respect for learning that goes back to 5,000 years is instilled in the students. When performing traditional forms, students are making connections to the long past that went into the development of the martial art.


     The most overrated and underrated benefit to martial arts is self-defense. It is overrated in that many people believe that martial arts are only about self-defense. A trained martial artist rarely, if ever has to use his or her skills in the streets. Thus, it is easy to forget that self-defense is an important element in martial arts. In fact, martial artist have a confident attitude, and awareness that makes actual confrontations rare.


     While natural talent might carry some a long way in many sports, martial arts require discipline. The traditional forms, Poomse, require performance of an intricate set of rigorous movements. Many of the specific skills in martial arts can only be achieved by doing difficult exercises over and over. In addition, the atmosphere of the martial arts studio is filled with the discipline of other students and instructors who push themselves to achieve greater mastery.