Life Style

5 Reasons

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The five reasons why Martial Arts is the best fitness program for adults :

  • 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.
  • Total 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 improve with martial arts.
  • Stress relief: In martial arts you get to kick, punch and shout(Kiai), which is a great stress release no matter what your age.
  • 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 portions with more frequency as a result you will have less fat and more muscle tone.
  • Learn self-defense skills: Unlike any other form of exercise, with martial arts you learn potentially life-saving self-defense skills.

New to Practice – Week 1

A year later, after having declared I would start my martial arts training, I have finally gotten around to it. Originally set for 09/01/15, I got derailed by the more valuable condition of motherhood; I found out I was pregnant only days before that date. And having never practiced martial arts, practicing pregnant did not seem like a good idea.

I did stay active, but with activities my body was used to, like strength training and yoga.

Fast forward and pregnancy was easy, and birth was relatively painless. Now we, Mr. Benavides and I, have the most beautiful future black belt girl : Victoria Carolina. She will begin to train once she is two.

It is worth a mention that I chose to follow my husband to a new discipline : Shotokan. Read Back to my Roots post. Even though a novice, I can really appreciate the much more elevated levels of power and speed developed with this discipline, over Tae Kwon Do. Also I can appreciate more the way of competition within the World Karate Federation (WKF) over ATA’s structure.

In recent days, in fact, I was floored watching the WKF World Championship in Women’s Kata, and Rika Usami’s performance. It was fascinating to watch.

So, for my training week one : I watched Rika win ( a couple of times, maybe ), I took my 3 month old to the dojo, I started training both in Shotokan as well as in Krav style self-defense ( taught by my husband ), got myself a bruise the size of my entire big toe, and learned the entirety of the taikyoku shodan kata -now only to perfect it… Plus, milestone number 1 is in place : competition.

I will be competing in the Kuro-Obi Dojo Open in Central Florida.

The end goal is simple, and for that cheers!… to the Martial Arts lifestyle!!

Oss.

Tabitha

-Tabitha. White Belt, Bikram Yoga Practitioner + Usui Ryoho Reiki Master

Back to my Roots

When I started practicing martial arts beyond practicing as a young kid with my father, many years ago, I started by practicing Shotokan Karate in Venezuela. I was young, was happy with practicing in a sensei friend’s garage, and had all of that newfound energy to live the martial arts lifestyle; it was a passion shared with friends, we encouraged each other, and we competed together.

The last 11 years I have spent practicing Tae Kwon Do, however in looking for that feeling of newness again, and in looking to learn more and develop myself more deeply  as a martial artist -you know, seeking that feeling of getting really excited to come to my Dojo “with an empty cup” again… I have returned to my roots. I have returned to Shotokan Karate.

In my new Dojo, Kuro-obi Dojo with Sensei Engerbert Oquendo, not only I feel renewed but I have become involved in helping my Sensei with the Dojo’s development. Not officially, but sharing with him my many years practicing. There, in addition to practicing, I am also training to compete again, as well as I am teaching a Krav-style Self-Defense class.

A piece of advice for those truly immersed, or looking to be, or those truly interested in living the martial arts lifestyle… take a moment to once in a while reflect on your reasons for practicing. Take a moment and re-assess your feelings, as well as re-establish your position as “a white belt that never quits”.

Remember that introspection is a big part of the martial arts lifestyle, and looking within should be a regular thing.

… That is what our ancient masters and grandmasters, of any discipline, would have wanted : that you never forget where you came from, why you are doing this, or where it is that you are going. Keeping all of that in mind, do not fear to proceed accordingly.

Oss…

Be Black Belt!