Why Learn Martial Arts?
Martial arts is becoming increasingly popular in today's lifestyle. Learning a martial art style is more than just a method of self-defense. There are many psychological, spiritual, and physical benefits of getting involved in martial arts. Here are the most important reasons you or your children should consider learning Hmong Arts.
It teaches honor and respect.
Traditional martial arts like Hmong Arts, will teach you the importance of putting your ego aside and respecting your instructor, as well as others in higher positions, such as your parents or elders, brothers and sisters, your Country. Learning martial arts reinforces etiquette, respecting rules, and following a code of honor. You’ll learn to show some humility, for some day, you’ll be in a position of power and know what it’s like to be in your underlying’s shoes.
It teaches you to use non-violent conflict resolution.
Learning martial arts teaches you to mentally and physically refrain from violence, control yourself, and only use it for self-defense when it’s the last resort. Martial artists will try to refrain from conflict and use non-violent conflict resolution skills, emphasizing the importance of avoiding a physical altercation. In the real world, it’s equivalent to having the mental discipline to refrain from getting into fights with stupid people. The goal of martial arts is hope not having to use it unless absolutely necessary.
“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” – Mark Twain
It helps you to set and achieve goals.
Life is a journey, and learning martial arts teaches you that the journey is broken down into small achievements, which accumulate into much larger goals and accomplishments. It teaches you patience, discipline, humility and being positive, as you move up the ladder. Each step you take gets harder and harder, but it teaches you to push yourself to reach every milestone along the way. Most forms of martial arts use colored belts to represent their ranking systems. When you strive towards a new belt, you’re learning valuable lessons about setting and reaching goals.
“Visualize the action, actualize the vision.”
It helps you to gain confidence and boost self-esteem.
You will become more powerful than you could ever imagine. The more skills you learn, and the higher your mastery of the Hmong Arts technique, the more confident you will become, and the more you will appreciate your self-worth. The more you accomplish, the more you’ll be comfortable with taking risk and stepping out of your comfort zone when faced with the unfamiliar. This may be in any facet of your life: work, family, school, etc.
“I fear no man on earth that breathes the same air as I do.” – Bernard Hopkins
It improves your mental and physical strength.
Learning martial arts strengthens the body, mind, and spirit. Hmong Arts require a combination of speed, flexibility, and physical strength. It provides a great all-around fitness workout and will keep you in great shape. It combines mental focus with physical toughness, which can push the body to do some incredible things. It's a traditional form of martial arts that is combine with today's martial fitness style.
“Technique over strength, tactics over aggression.”
You and Your Children Will Get More Active
This is the obvious reason both kids and adults should do martial arts in this day and age - to get active and moving. In case you haven’t noticed, we have an epidemic when it comes to our nation’s obesity problem. We’re also increasingly unfit in addition to being overweight. The problem is particularly alarming as it relates to our kids. Youth sports and physical education programs are great, but not every kid is an athlete and many schools no longer offer PE. Hmong Arts offer many benefits, but when it comes to fitness, becoming a true martial artist means becoming a supremely fit person. Martial arts can help you and your child get fit and healthy both physically and mentally.
Learn to Find Focus and Stillness
Of the many challenges that parents face today, one is that we are constantly plugged in. While there are a great many benefits to the Internet, there are many more benefits in stillness and silence. Unfortunately stillness and silence seem to be rare to find. At some juncture in life, every one of us comes to learn that the greatest obstacle we face in this lifetime is ourselves. That battle is fought in the stillness of our hearts and the willingness to confront ourselves. As Bruce Lee pointed out, behind the punches, kicks, and knees, a true martial artist learns to sit with himself and see where his weaknesses are. In years of martial arts classes, I remember many challenges, breakthroughs, and setbacks. What I do not remember are distractions or gimmicks like you often see at your local health club. At our martial arts studio, there is no loud music or flat screen TVs, just hard work and sweat equity. As a martial artist, you will learn what it is to be still, challenged, and focused.
We Learn to Take Hits
In the martial arts, we will learn what it is to take a hit, whether that hit is a literal blow, a disappointment like failing a test, or losing in a competition.
Part of life is learning that we all take hits. The key is in learning how best to take that hit and get back up. Unfortunately, this lesson seems to be lost on many in our "gets-a-trophy" culture. In the martial arts, we learn to fail - a lot. Half of martial arts is hitting, but half is also getting hit, but most important is getting up and moving again and never give up.
I came to learn that accepting that I would get hit enabled me to relax and better protect myself. That acceptance led me to be able to better respond, maneuver, and anticipate. Ironically, learning how to take a hit is perhaps the best way for us to learn how to avoid it.
Gain Self Confidence, Self Respect and Leadership
Throughout my training years both as a Master and a Student, I've witnessed firsthand the confidence many gained by participating in Hmong Arts. One of my best memories was a nine year old boy who was so confident that he led a class of adults. This is a boy who started at the age of 5 and was crying and would not let go of his parents initially. The utmost self confident he has in himself and the respect he shows to others were just speechless. Now, this is leadership.
The right martial arts school will teach your child that there are no tough guys. Every martial artist ultimately learns this sense of respect and true confidence. Your child will learn that confidence and respect for others comes from a deep sense of self-knowledge and leadership is how you can influence or motivate others to become better.
Connect Their Mind and Body
What they don’t teach you at your local health club is how to really listen to your body. To listen to your body is to also see your thoughts and have heightened awareness of your emotional construct.
A martial artist is taught to see, feel, and listen - both internally and externally. Tapping into intuition, fear, and courage are examples of being able to put the physical together with the mental. How often have we heard the phrase “being paralyzed with fear”? Being able to combat such a thing is what you learn in the martial arts.
Learn to Breathe
Of the many things I have learned in the martial arts, breathing is near the top. A good martial artist could tell how someone fights just by observing how he or she breathes. Indeed, nothing is more essential to the success of how we move our body than tapping into the life force of our essence - our breath. Ask a professional athlete, or an actor, dancer, or singer, and they will tell you that to succeed in any physical craft is to access your breath correctly. I am shocked at times working with adults who never learned to breathe properly when under physical exertion. This skill can literally save your life. In the martial arts you will learn the essence of how to breathe and even relax under pressure.