Whenever a person chooses to spend a large amount of time engaged in an activity it is important that they ask themselves: “is this endeavor going to help me evolve as a human being? Does it have a high probability of crossing over into other areas of my life and strengthening my overall character, or is this activity an isolated one which has little chance of affecting my outlook and improving my life as a whole?” Out of all the endeavors one can choose to undertake, martial arts’ training is certainly one of those which has the greatest ability to impact multiple areas of a person’s life and help them to reach their highest personal potential. There are many reasons for this, and many ways in which it can help people to overcome adversity, which we will look at in detail in this blog.
Martial arts’ training, like that offered at Precision Mixed Martial Arts in Dutchess County, New York, is an incredible vehicle for self-transformation. Countless people have used martial arts to achieve different goals in their lives, many of which may not have been specifically limited to self-defense or physical fighting. One of the reasons why martial arts’ training such as that offered at Precision MMA in Dutchess County can aid a person with multiple areas of their life is that it is multi-faceted in nature. What I mean by this is that while it is a physical activity which can get one into much better shape and improve one’s general health, it also has a great ability to increase one’s confidence in different areas. A truly good martial art taught by a truly good teacher should affect several areas of one’s life. First, as mentioned, there is the purely physical side of the martial arts. Many people have lost considerable weight, gained muscle mass, and improved blood pressure, cholesterol and general health through their martial arts’ training. Martial arts taught at Precision MMA in Dutchess County, New York, such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Judo and Wrestling all improve one’s cardio vascular endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility, while also helping to burn calories and relieve stress. Indeed, lives have been saved by the martial arts even aside from them being used for self-defense. In particular, I have known more than one person who has lost over one hundred pounds through martial arts training, and who, with the help of a healthy diet, has brought down high levels of cholesterol and high blood pressure to manageable levels. Doctors have much to thank martial arts’ instructors for when it comes to these gains, and experienced instructors like Dutchess Counties’ Brian McLaughlin have helped many people to achieve these goals. At the end of a long day, martial arts’ training can also help one to relieve stress, which is one of the main causes of high blood pressure, and can promote a positive mood and help one to get a better night’s sleep. In many cases like my own, training for upcoming tournaments where I needed to make a certain weight class has been motivation to lose more than twenty pounds and improve my diet and overall health. In so many cases where martial artists have worked hard to make weight for competition the benefits of a leaner body and lower fat percentage have remained after the tournament or fight has ended and regardless of whether they have won or lost. While losing weight is a great goal in itself simply for the benefit of being healthier, the extra motivation of knowing it may help one to win a competition is often crucial for those who might otherwise have difficulty summoning the drive to put in the work necessary to shed the pounds. In addition, there is then the added benefit of looking better once one has lost the weight and gained muscle, and this leads to an overall better self-image and greater general self-esteem.
Aside from the health benefits, effective martial arts like those taught at Precision MMA in Dutchess County can improve one’s confidence by giving them the tools to defend themselves should they ever be the victim of a violent attack. As the world around us becomes an increasingly dangerous place people are looking for more and more ways to feel secure. Some have taken to carrying guns, but aside from the hoops one must go through to legally purchase and carry a firearm, there must always be the remaining fear that the weapon might not be close enough if needed during a surprise attack. When one is trained in the martial arts one’s weapons are on them at all times, and there is an extra feeling of security in knowing that one need not rely on a tool to protect themselves should the need arise. Others would rather base their hopes on the belief that the police will be able to protect them should anyone threaten them with violence, but again, this is relying on an outside force for security and the police cannot always save everyone who is in harm’s way. Reliance upon other people, a weapon or even a guard dog to keep one safe still does not treat the underlying sense of helplessness that comes with knowing deep down that one does not possess the bare handed skills for self preservation. Martial arts’ training at Precision MMA in Dutchess County can change all that. Someone who has put in long hours drilling techniques from martial arts like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai, both offered at Dutchess Counties’ Precision, will have the self-confidence necessary to sleep soundly in situations where other untrained individuals might feel insecure.
However, martial arts’ training like that available at Precision MMA in Dutchess County can raise one’s personal potential beyond health and a sense of self-security. For those martial artists who have tested themselves in hard sparring sessions, grappling competitions, boxing, kickboxing or MMA fights, they reap even greater rewards. Though hard sparring and different forms of competition are not for everyone, the physical pain and discomfort that one must endure to make it through these trials also breeds strength of character. For example, I myself have torn the anterior cruciate ligaments in both of my knees through martial arts training, and I very much believe that I have come back stronger, not only in body but in mind, from these unfortunate injuries. Though the physical therapy necessary for recovery was itself separate from martial arts training, emotionally the training I had endured in my life gave me both the strength to believe I could make it through the therapy, as well as provided motivation for me to make it through so I could go back to training. In this way, my martial arts training gave me both confidence and a sense of purpose in facing a difficult situation, and these situations need not be limited to physical injuries. Whenever facing any challenge in life I can now ask myself “is this going to be more difficult than ACL rehab? Is this going to be more difficult than coming back from rehabilitation to win martial arts competitions against those who have not injured their knees?” And when the answer is “no”, I have a renewed sense of self-security and a greater belief that I can overcome whatever challenge is facing me. I personally believe that great martial artists also have a greater chance of succeeding in all other areas of life because I see fighting as a microcosm of life. Any difficulty we face, whether it is a job interview, moving to a new town or anything else, can feel like a fight to us, so having been through literal fights can make all the difference when it comes to our own confidence in dealing with these matters. And when it comes to success, confidence is key in all situations, because the first step to achieving a goal is believing no matter the odds you will be triumphant.
Martial arts training is really something that everyone should be involved in, regardless of whether you plan on competing, or even feel as though you will never need these skills to defend yourself, classes like those taught at Precision MMA in Dutchess County, New York will help everyone to reach their personal potential more effectively. The results that martial arts training can produce in overall physical health, as a tool for self-defense, and also as a measuring stick for all challenges faced in life are unique and cannot be found in many other activities like non-contact sports or in arts and crafts. No matter what your life goals are, martial arts training at Precision MMA can help you achieve them by giving you a greater sense of self sufficiency when it comes to pushing beyond those breaking points others would often stop at. Try us out for 30 free days and one thing is for sure, they’ll be better than the last 30.
Precision MMA is currently offering a 30-Day FREE trial for new members. If you’re interested in learning self-defense, getting into shape, and training with the best in the area, then stop in at 1097 Route 55, Lagrangeville, NY or call us at 845-392-8495. Don’t forget to ask about our free trial and intro lesson!
Jamey Bazes is a lifelong martial artist holding a brown belt in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kenpo Karate. He also holds a master’s degree from SUNY New Paltz. He is a student of Precision Mixed Martial Arts in LaGrange, NY (near Poughkeepsie) and a decorated competitor including a Delaware Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu State Championship and a NAGA World Title. To train with Jamey in Poughkeepsie NY check out Precision MMA http://www.bjjfighter.com