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The Physical and Mental Benefits of Martial Arts Training

Martial arts programs demand a lot from a person both physically and mentally.

While there are myriad advantages in both respects, this activity primarily targets two areas when it comes to a person’s fitness — strength and coordination.

But mastery of martial arts requires more than just physical prowess; it also requires extensive mental conditioning. Through martial arts training, participants stand to develop an acute awareness for dangerous situations, helping them to avoid and escape trouble.

For those interested in a healthier, safer lifestyle, inquire about our martial arts program in Whitby and reap the following health benefits.


martial arts benefitsCardio and Muscle Development

Martial arts programs are cardio- and calisthenics-based, participants experience improved cardiovascular and circulatory systems, which helps to prevent fatigue, shallow breathing, and heart disease. Furthermore, cardio aids in weight loss while strength training works to pack on muscle mass and create a more resilient body that is much harder to injure. The right martial arts program will strengthen your body from the inside out increasing tendon and ligament strength as well as the desired outside appearance of muscle tone and definition.


Reflex and Coordination

Students of martial arts will discover quickened reaction speeds and increased control over their body’s muscles and limbs. In effect, they will experience positive change in almost all aspects of everyday life. The Wu Xin Kung Fu martial arts program at the Ontario Self Defence Centre in Whitby is at the pinnacle of mind and body co-ordination as it is the foundation to the systems power and effectiveness. The internal reflexes are also taught and are equally as important as the reflex actions, these are the reflexes that happen mentally and emotionally should you ever have a real life dangerous encounter.


Take a hit and get back up

In the martial arts, your child will learn what it is to take a hit, whether that hit is a literal blow or a disappointment like failing a test. Part of life is learning that we all take hits.

The key is in learning how best to take that hit and get back up.

Unfortunately, this lesson seems to be lost on many in our every-kid-gets-a-trophy culture. In the martial arts, your kid will learn to fail. Half of martial arts is hitting, but half is also getting hit. The acceptance of sometimes getting hit, will led me to a better response, maneuver, and anticipation. Ironically, learning how to take a hit is perhaps the best way to learn how to avoid it.


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Mental Centeredness and Clarity

In order to successfully defend yourself, you must develop an impenetrable mindset of intention and focus. Learning to do so not only helps you keep thinking in dangerous situations, but also works to elevate self-esteem, regulate emotions, and reduce stress. The discipline required to achieve this state of mind will also assist you professionally and socially. So through martial arts training, you will feel better and see the world in a new way.

listen to your body is to also see your thoughts and have heightened awareness of your emotional construct. A martial artist is taught to see, feel, and listen – both internally and externally. Tapping into intuition, fear, and courage are examples of being able to put the physical together with the mental.

How often have we heard the phrase “being paralyzed with fear”? 

We help give you the knowledge and training to be able to combat such a thing.

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Benefits for kids

Apart from those already mentioned, kids in our martial arts programs learn:

Conflict Resolution





Whether or not you are interested in life-preservation, fitness, or a means to de-stress, our martial arts program in Whitby can help you achieve all of these things simultaneously.

Give us a call on 905-410-1237 or stop by the Ontario Self Defence Centre to learn more about the various mental and physical benefits as well as the programs available to you.


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