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The History Of Discipline in Martial Arts

Martial arts has been around for literally thousands of years. While some styles are old and some are fairly new, most good programs offer a way to instill discipline to the students.

From a practical standpoint, martial arts originates as literally the “art of war”. So having the discipline to focus and study a system that teaches you about fighting was a requirement if you wanted to survive.

However, the threats we face today aren’t nearly as obvious as they were back then.

Civilian life for the most part is relatively safe living in the United States, and some may wonder if martial arts still has it’s practical uses because of the advancement of technology (guns, cars, ect)

But instead of looking at the direct reasons for martial arts physically, I would invite you to take a look at what it does mentally.

Whether you do brazilian jiu jitsu, boxing, karate, taekwondo, kickboxing, mma, judo, ect, you do get a sense of “danger” when you learn how to spar.

While the likelihood of getting attacked is severely low (considering people who are confident, know how to avoid bad situations all together are safer) the adrenaline rush and use of quick thinking offers lots of benefits to kids and adults.

The simple matter is, if you don’t study your martial art well enough, when it comes time to spar, you will have physical consequences.

For children, we don’t have them spar in “full” heavy contact until they are ready for it. And even when they do, they are constantly being supervised by an instructor.

Kids who thought they weren’t very “tough” become very strong both physically and mentally because of our process.


What’s more is that the underlying principles of martial arts affect other disciplines in their life, such as work, school and their relationships.


The brain is extremely “plastic” meaning, it adjusts to what it sees and takes note of things subconsciously.


While kids can fill their brains with subconscious messages from social media and TV that constantly compare themselves to others, consider putting them in an activity that triggers their own self worth and allows them to discover their hidden talent.


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