Published: 04/02/2016 - Updated: 03/01/2017
Author: MSc. Miriam Reyes
The fascination with martial arts has been caused largely by films, where fighters play the role of mythical protagonists in modern-day action movies. This has, no doubt, opened the way to the whole culture which exists around them, including the training and dedication involved in order to master these arts.
Martial arts masters have commonly been perceived as people with highly developed physical skills, and related to good health and fitness, which not only leads us to assume the benefits of these practices, but now numerous studies have demonstrated that martial arts an activity that can improve both our physical and mental state.
Discipline: The base of martial arts
It is very likely that when thinking about to martial arts, our ideas turn to continuously practising certain punches or kicks, however, training is a lot more complex than that, making this activity a more comprehensive exercise.
When we commit to any extent with a martial art, regardless of how much, we must be aware that it is not enough to simply practice some movements or punches: A warm-up routine is required, as well as the practice of certain activities which form part of any martial arts training. These activities can include anything from jogging or racing to weight lifting in order to build strength.
Finally, keep in mind that martial arts are not mostly aimed at making strong warriors, but rather wise warriors who avoid unnecessary confrontations.
Unlike many forms of exercise, martial arts are generally considered a mixed physical activity because not only do they focus on performing exercises of force or impact, but other activities are also included as part of the training which together achieve joint mixed exercise.
There are some martial arts that combine both aerobic and anaerobic exercises in one session, i.e. during the same activity, which is favourable for different systems in our body.
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