5 Reasons Why Training Martial Arts Is The Best New Year’s Resolution

5 Reasons Why Training Martial Arts Is The Best New Year’s Resolution
– By John Wai

So many people have New Year’s resolutions and for a large percentage, these involve losing weight or getting a fit body. If you have a resolution to get into shape this year but you are sick of the same old exercises, why not give martial arts training a try? You might be hesitant about starting martial arts training but absolutely ANYONE can become good at the activity if they put in the effort. Once you get into it, it’s sure to become something you love. Martial arts both enhances your life now, in addition to improving your future.  Let’s take a look at the top 5 reasons why training martial arts is the best new year’s resolution you can have in 2018.

1. It Will Help You Lose Weight

Martial arts quite frankly burn a heap of calories, which is a recipe for successful weight loss! There are a variety of different martial arts, all of which are very intense and train all different parts of your body. Due to the quick movements necessary with martial arts, it’s effective not just for losing weight, but for toning your body in all the areas you want definition. Starting martial arts at the beginning of the year is a good idea because your motivation is strong, due to the fact many people vow to get in shape after the holidays. The amazing things about martial arts is that it’s super fun, so you won’t even feel like you are working out at all. Lose weight and become faster and stronger than what you could have ever imagined with martial arts.

2. It Can Help You Make New Friends

Martial arts is SUCH a social sport and many people take that opportunity to become more vocal and confident. Perhaps your resolution is to become more social this year, you can tackle this by starting martial arts. Improving your 

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skills in a class with other like minded people is going to help you build a bond and connect. Another reason why martial arts can help you make more friends, is because of the confidence it gives you. Having friends with the same interests as you and the same goals in life is really important, and this is what martial arts can do. You will likely train with the some of the same people every single time that you do martial arts. Over time, this will result in you making lifelong friends who inspire you to do better.

3. It’s Something Different

Not everyone does martial arts, it’s something that is really different and will give you a alternative perspective on the world and those around you. Doing this activity will also help you gain respect from your peers. It is one of the most exciting type of workouts that you can do and this is largely due to the variety of moves and the sense of accomplishment you will feel when you master them. There is a reason why many people give up after a month or so of going to the gym, and that’s because it is boring! No two martial art workouts are the same, this will mean you will actually look forward to your training sessions and you will never know what to expect. The fact that martial arts is different to more generic forms of exercise, means that you will be more likely to stick with this resolution and get whatever results you are looking for.

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4. It Will Give You Better Concentration & Focus

Martial arts is so much more than an exercise, it’s a state

of mind and this can help you improve in your day to day life. It’s much more complicated than what many people think and when you do it, you will have new skills that many people don’t have. Studies have shown that martial arts is ideal for improving your focus and concentration. Not only will this help you to improve at the activity itself, it will give you more focus in life in general. Starting off children in martial arts at a young age is said to even help them perform better at school. When you are training in a martial arts class, it forces you to focus on the movements and your body in general. When you accomplish different moves due to focusing, you are going to feel confident at the new skills that you are perfecting. This will give you a sense of self discipline as a person and will also give you more control over how your body moves.

5. It’s Ideal for Self-Defense

Many people learn martial arts as a form of self defense and there is no doubt that it will help you protect yourself. Being able to respond quickly and attack if you are in the position where you need to do so, is really useful. Hopefully the moves you master will never need to be used in this way, but it is better to be prepared. Martial arts was originally taught as an activity to help you defend yourself if you need to. If you do need to learn self defense skills, start martial arts today and it might offer more benefits than what you realized.


Whether you are looking to lose weight, learn self defense or you want to improve yourself as a person – this is all promised with martial arts. We offer such a wide range of martial arts, that you are guaranteed to find something that suits you. From Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, kung fu and a whole lot more. At this time of year, we all love to make promises to ourselves, some of which are hard to stick to. Make the right kind of promise and the new skills you learn along the way, will make you never want to quit. It’s clear to see that the benefits of martial arts to your health and mentality are enormous, sign up today and you are not going to regret it.

John Wai is the owner of John Wai Martial Arts in Plantation, Florida. His academy offers classes in Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Sanshou & Kung Fu for Kids and Adults.