Everyone is acutely aware of martial arts as a tool for self-defence.
But one of the lesser know secrets that I’ve discovered and that is a major part of the approach that Wing Chun uses is that martial art training is also a tool for any other human quality that begins with the prefix “self”.
For example, how many people know that martial arts training is good for
(a) Self-confidence (b) Self-awareness (c) Self-control (d) Self-esteem (e) Self-discipline (f) Self-respect (g) Self-image (h) And any other aspect of self-growth and development?
Improved focus and concentration
Better cardiovascular fitness
Cardiovascular Endurance- the ability of the heart to provide oxygen to muscles during physical activity for a prolonged period of time
Cardiovascular endurance is the most important aspect of fitness. It is basically how strong your heart is, which can potentially add years to your life. Fitness is not the sole reason for practicing martial arts but you will find it is a healthy by-product of martial arts participation.
When we exercise we feel better, become stronger and healthier. Were not designed to sit in front of a screen and vegetate. Our classes will get you moving, enthused and active.
It’s fascinating that almost four decades later, people are still talking about the body of Bruce Lee — although it is by no means surprising.
The Lee physique, once described by no less an authority on such matters than bodybuilding magnate Joe Weider as “the most defined body I’ve ever seen” has attracted (much like the man’s martial art and philosophy) a following that not only rivals but exceeds those of Elvis Presley, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe — combined!
Studies now show that learning a new skill that involves remembering specific movement, power and timing combined with hand/eye coordination is THE BEST way to ensure healthy development of the brain. It is now considered the fast track path to fighting dementia and developing a sharp fast thinking mind.
Sense of Self
Very closely related to the idea of self-confidence, the concept of self is very important in the martial arts. There’s nothing like knowing who you are and what you are about.
Shyness is a big problem for kids and sometimes for adults who don’t engage in activities where they meet new people. Being around other people who share an interest, or even better a passion, for the same things as you, is a surefire pathway to self-validation.
You have a tremendous advantage in life when you are constantly in the company of like-minded individuals who are on the same path as you and support you in your efforts to transform yourself.
Currently at Meridian Kung Fu (UK) we have over 1000 Child and 500 Adult members, some who travel up to 30 minutes to get to us. Why? Because to them we are worth the time and effort and provide them with inspiring, fun martial arts classes that they cant wait to get to each week.