Somewhere throughout creating modern society at large it was decided (unconsciously or consciously) that a warrior class of the public was either no longer necessary, or no longer important. What seemed to take its place was a slew of fad fitness routines. Now I’m not calling anyone out here, if you want to join crossfit, do yoga, insanity, or lift good old fashion weights then do it. These methods will obviously have positive health results if done correctly, but is that enough?
Efficiency is a really big thing to me and it should be for everyone. In today’s world we have less and less time to devote to gaining and practicing skill sets. Is there a way to capitalize so that while improving our level of fitness we are also learning valuable skills? The answer isn’t new, it isn’t a fitness trend yet to be realized. For me and what I hope are more people everyday Martial Arts is that answer. It will undoubtedly get you in better shape, it forces you to use your entire body. To me the icing on the proverbial cake here isn’t the physical improvements, it is the extremely valuable skill sets that will be gained. In martial arts you learn personal protection skills that could save your life, or the life of someone you love, maybe a family member. On top of that martial arts also teaches one deep levels of patience and focus. If you get lost foraging, or someone is injured and you have to put those first aid skills to work(you do have first aid skills right?) you will find through martial training you can attack the situation at hand without turning to panic.
I have trained in various forms of martial arts and I wont sit here telling you the best style or method. I think its a personal choice and different systems work better for different body types and personalities. I will however throw this question out there for you to think about on your next trip to the gym. Do your current exercise methods offer you the same benefits that a martial training program would? Are you maximizing gain vs. time invested? Does it give you skill sets over assets?
Consult a physician before considering any fitness routine.
-Kris Anderson 4/23/2017