martials-art-style-overviewMartial arts are combat practices that are practiced and used as self-defense. Martial arts mainly originate from three countries — Korea, China and Japan.  Several martial art styles have evolved from each geographical location.  

The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of the most popular martial arts, while introducing their focus and unique character.  

Although people generally select a martial arts school for reasons other than style (e.g., reputation, location, character-development emphasis, family focus), it’s important to have a general understanding of the kind of martial art you wish to practice before selecting a local school.

Here are the five reasons why martial arts is the best fitness program for adults:

5 Reasons Why Martial Arts Local TaekwondoTotal body workout: Martial arts is a high-aerobic workout that uses every muscle group in the body. Your stamina, muscle tone, flexibility, balance and strength will all improve through martial arts.

Stress relief: In martial arts you get to kick, punch and scream, which is a great stress release no matter what your age. In addition, the ancient practices of martial arts have a calming affect that melts the stress away.

Reach and maintain your healthy weight: Due to the total-body nature of a martial arts workout, tons of calories are burned during every class. However, you’ll also find that your natural eating signals become better regulated so food cravings will disappear and you’ll eat less as a result.

Learn self-defense skills: Unlike any other form of exercise, with martial arts you learn potentially life-saving self-defense skills at the same time you are getting in shape.

Better self confidence: This reason tops the list. Due to the goal setting, positive encouragement and respect for values that are part of all martial arts programs, the greatest benefit usually reported by martial arts students is greater self confidence. You become more comfortable in all situations - whether you're in danger or simply doing a task that takes you beyond your comfort zone - and you'll discover you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.