A Martial Art can be defined as a system of techniques, physical and mental exercises developed as an effective means for self-defense and offense, both unarmed and with the use of weapons.

The Martial Arts are fun and at times tremendously empowering.   The Martial Arts stress self-defense, physical and mental exercises and a holistic approach to life.   Studying a martial art involves your body and mind, and gives you confidence.   The Martial arts are a mixture of four main elements;

    1)   Sport
    2)   Fighting Art
    3)   Exercise
    4)   Philosophy

Thanks to the video games and movies, the general public views martial arts and the combat sports as a place dominated by individual’s hell bent on violence.

A true martial artist provides a great insight in life, trains mentally, spiritually and physically. 

A true martial artist is not concerned with their “rank” or “status”. They do not use their skills to intimidate people.   Instead, he or she goes a little further on teaching a class and generates a positive outlook.

The Martial Arts teaches you how to deal with real violence.   Because of this, a true martial artist is more emotionally relaxed, and has a positive attitude resulting in more enjoyment with people and life experiences.   By facing the fact violence exists and learning how to effectively defend yourself from such violence, you free yourself from unnecessary fear in your day-to-day living.

Martial Art schools are close knit communities where friendship and camaraderie are built.   All legitimate martial arts combine a sense of discipline in a fairly formal atmosphere that brings with it a sense of dignity and structure – which can be reassuring and stress-relieving.

All of the arts aim to develop integrity, perseverance, courtesy, self-control and indomitable spirit.   None of this takes away from the prime quality of martial arts training – it’s fun!

There are many different styles of Martial Arts.   If you are considering a Martial Art consider;

  -The basics of the style (what does it teach, what is it used for)
  -The skill and the teaching style of the teacher
  -The purpose and the logistics of the school.

The best thing you can do is to read up about the martial arts that peak your curiosity.   Choose a style that suits your needs and challenges you to continue learning.
Probably one of the greatest gifts you can give a child is the introduction to the Martial Arts.   A young person may not have the attention span and get bored in an hour long class, so certain martial arts focus on fun and discipline to help build up a youth’s self-esteem.

No matter how you look at it, the Martial Arts builds confidence that leads to success in many aspects of our lives!

To learn more about the martial arts visit;

Minh Duc Jiu Jitsu Self Defense                                     CanuckMMA Mixed Martial Arts & Self Defense 

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