Why Become a Student of Martial Arts

Benefits of Martial Arts

Martial arts benefits — a better working body; a sharper, more focused mind; a stronger sense of self-confidence; more self-discipline; the ability to physically defend yourself. Who wouldn’t want these things for themselves?

Practicing martial arts at Flying V Martial Arts Academy in Oak Park, IL is about character development (self-confidence, concentration, self-discipline), physical fitness, and self-defense — not just kicking and punching.

People often think martial arts is about fighting, but that’s not what we emphasize at Oak Park Martial Arts. Instead, we focus on the personal development aspects of martial arts — no matter what our student’s age.

Almost half of the 6 million participants in martial arts are children ages 6-17, according to statistics from the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. And it’s common for the whole family to get involved, with adults making up about one-third of all students.

Although our style is Taekwondo, no matter what discipline of martial arts you choose, the benefits are the same.

Universal Martial Arts Benefits

Here are the universal benefits, no matter what your age. For a list of specific martial arts benefits for various age groups, visit our adult and children program pages. For a more comprehensive description of the benefits of martial arts for kids, read our article titled: The Benefits of Martial Arts for Children: A Comprehensive Guide.

Improved physical fitness: Make no mistake, martial arts is a great workout and a total body exercise program. Your stamina, muscle tone, flexibility, mobility, balance, and strength will all improve — and you will develop a positive body image, no matter your shape or size.

Enhanced self-confidence: By learning martial arts skills and improving your physical condition, you become more comfortable in all situations — whether in real danger or simply doing a task that takes you beyond your comfort zone. Kids develop a new sense of self-esteem, making them virtually “bully-proof.”

Increased focus and concentration: From the first day of class, students are challenged to think as much as they act. Learning the martial arts forms and movements reinforces working memory. That’s why the Mayo Clinic specifically lists martial arts among the most effective therapies for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Increased social skills: Martial arts strongly emphasizes self-discipline and self-control as core components of its teachings. Self-leadership and the ability to deal with others in a mature way is the result. As a result, attending a martial arts program is a great way to make new friends.

Stress relief: Kicking, punching, and screaming are a great stress release, no matter your age. In addition, practicing martial arts has a calming effect on your mental and emotional well-being, both during class and in your personal life. Martial arts is a highly-effective form of mindfulness meditation.

Respect for values: Honesty, courtesy, integrity, perseverance, and excellence are just some of the values we emphasize in our curriculum. The strong core values martial arts develops in its students help children and adults become better human beings and strong leaders.

Whether you are four years old or 80, our mission at Oak Park Martial Arts is the same — to build strong minds and bodies.