Why Should You Learn Martial Arts?

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: martial arts
10 May 2009

5 Responses to “Why Should You Learn Martial Arts?”

  1. Neal Martin Says:

    I think our reasons for doing things get less superficial as we get older, especially in the martial arts. As you say, when we first start it’s all about wanting to learn the mechanics of technique so that we can fight better, look better, feel better or whatever. After some years though we begin to take more of interest in the profounder aspects of the training. I find myself now, after twenty-five years of training, wanting to develop my inner strength more; to tap into other abilities that I know are there but I just have to work on uncovering them, like Ki, as you mentioned in the post. I guess it’s true what they say- you mellow with age!

  2. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Yep… I find that I am able to put moves together easily where as when I was younger – it was more mechanical. And yes I too am mellow now!

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  4. donna Says:

    So I love reading this blog, great stuff! I wanted to ask about Krav Maga video training. I know it’s not as good as a real lesson with an instructor watching over me etc, but I don’t live near a krav maga center. Do you know of anything worth recommending in this area?

  5. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hi Donna, Try googling “krav maga” “lessons” and see what you get. Also consider any striking martal art. Check out the schools near you and see if you like any instructors/training.
    Good luck