Why are more women than ever taking adult martial arts classes, especially moms? It’s simple- these classes are about so much more than just punches and kicks. Read on to learn more!
Relieve Stress and Tone Up With Women’s Martial Arts
An indisputable fact: Moms are awesome. They give and give of themselves for their kids and everyone in their lives, sometimes without any expectation of return. That selflessness is huge! We want to start by saying that we seriously appreciate all of the work that goes into being a mom in any capacity… and we also understand just how much of that work can weigh on you. If you’re a stay-at-home mom, that is stressful. If you’re a working mom, that is stressful. If you’ve got one kid, stressful. Ten kids, stressful!
All human beings (women, men, children- all of us) are confronted with stress in the modern world we live in, and we’re all figuring out a way to deal with it. We can say with confidence that karate has helped plenty of women in our Centerton community melt their stress and become their most confident, most energized selves. How? Two words- kicks and punches.
Oftentimes stress is a mental pressure we put on ourselves, pumping ourselves up and kind of catastrophizing into the future. Again, it’s easy to be stressed out as a mom- you’ve got your life stuff going on, And your kid’s stuff on top of it. Any physical activity you do will get that stress-induced adrenaline moving throughout your body and get you out of your head, but karate is special in that you kick and punch your way to that stress-melting feeling. Getting your frustrations and anxious energy out through these focused channels is super healthy and just feels amazing.
Bonus points – martial arts is a full-body sport. That means you’re working every muscle to coordinate your body and get the moves right. You’re toning everything, not just your arms and legs. A lot of our members enjoy women’s martial arts as an alternative to the gym because they’re learning a life-saving skill (fitness with purpose) and having fun with their friends. The cool thing too is that martial arts is an individual sport in a group setting, so while you’re working on your self-defense combos, every other mom in class is cheering you on big time. That sense of community and women supporting women is what helps a lot of our moms in karate classes finally let the stress go and embrace their awesomeness. So relieving stress and getting fit are key reasons we see moms start martial arts. But another reason is that they’re learning a really important life skill- self-defense.
Get Fit Fast Through Self-Defense
Because of the unjust world we live in, a woman will often require self-defense skills on more occasions than a man. As all of us look to change that fact on a societal level, more and more people are realizing that self-defense is one of those things you don’t ever want to “wish you’d learned” sooner. A lot of moms (and all women in general) have found it comforting and confidence-boosting to learn self-defense skills from our classes. Studies have shown that women who take self-defense training feel more confident in their bodies and more confident in public.
Also, ever heard of “mom aggression”? It’s this primal feeling moms get when they sense a serious threat headed straight toward their child. Moms protecting their young in the wild, like bears and lions, will go berserk on these attackers and most likely kill them. Moms protecting their young in human society are restricted by these little things called laws, but God forbid someone ever comes after you or your kids, you’ll be grateful to know how to protect your life and theirs through self-defense.
Plus, you’re passing things down to your kids all the time – how to cut their steak, write their name, say please and thank you. If we passed down self-defense just as easily to our kids, what would life be like, especially for our daughters, our future women? You never know what ripple effects this life-changing skill can have. Pass down one of the best skills you can- the ability to defend yourself in any situation. Your kids may thank you one day.
Mental Benefits of Women’s Karate- Confidence and Self-Respect
This is a biggie for a lot of women taking our martial arts classes, especially moms. Again, we live in an unjust world, so women are often taught to criticize their bodies constantly and even “hate” parts of their bodies in ways that men don’t have to deal with. And this hatred robs women of feeling comfortable with and confident in their bodies the way that they deserve.
While you’re getting fit, having a blast, and learning self-defense through martial arts classes, you’re also building an inner confidence that no outer appearance can touch. Really! Think of it this way – if you knew that you could handle any physical situation or altercation that came your way, wouldn’t you be more confident? If you just smashed your fitness goals and persevered through class, pushing your mind and body in new ways, wouldn’t you hold your head up high coming out of your karate class?
Our instructors are world-class teachers who will show you everything you need to know about self-defense and martial arts. But they also know a thing or two about setting and getting goals, persevering through difficulty, and other important life skills that took them from novice to expert. (One of our favorite sayings- a black belt is a white belt that never gave up!) This is where confidence and success start – believing in yourself, even when you have every reason not to, and getting it done. Reaching new heights. Feeling the fear and doing it anyway. When you know you’re truly remarkable because of your own opinion of yourself, you automatically become more confident, and you glow from the inside out.
And, just like before, moms are passing things down to their kids all the time. Why not give them the gift of a confident role model with a healthy dose of self-respect? Why not show them through your actions how confident women can be?
Forgive our cheesiness here, but it’s true: We help create bully-proof kids in our kids martial arts classes, and in our adult martial arts classes, we.
Stress relief, physical fitness, self-defense, and confidence- four reasons why moms are joining karate classes like crazy! We have a risk-free (yes, really risk-free!) Martial Arts Advantage trial at a fraction of the cost to help you dip your toe in and soak up some of these amazing benefits. Try it today and see for yourself how martial arts are changing the lives of moms in our Centerton every day! Trial Offer!