More moms than ever are taking martial arts classes for women, and it’s easy to see why- these classes are about so much more than what you’ve seen in the movies. Read on to learn more! Why more moms are taking karate.
Relieve Stress and Tone Up with Women’s Martial Arts
An indisputable fact: Moms are awesome. They give and give of themselves for their kids and everyone in their lives, sometimes without any expectation of return. That selflessness is huge! We want to start by saying that we seriously appreciate all of the work that goes into being a mom in any capacity… and we also understand just how much of that work can weigh on you. If you’re a mom that stays at home, that’s stressful. If you’re a mom that works, that’s stressful too. If you’ve got one kid, stressful. Ten kids, STRESSFUL!
All human beings (women, men, children- all of us) are confronted with stress in the modern world we live in, and we’re all looking to deal with stress better so we can show up better. We can say with confidence that karate has helped plenty of women in our Lexington community melt their stress and become their most confident, most energized selves. How? Two words- kicks and punches.
Stress itself is a self-imposed pressure augmented by mental rumination- we pump ourselves up and stress ourselves out, sometimes for legitimate reasons, oftentimes for future situations that will never actually happen. Again, it’s easy to be stressed out as a mom- your brain is thinking about your life stuff, and then switching over to your kid’s art project, and then your other child’s got a diaper change, etc. Moving your body in any form will help get that adrenaline OUT of your body and reduce stress pretty much immediately, but karate is really awesome in that you kick and punch your way to stress-free thinking. There’s something about getting all that tension, frustration, and anxious energy out through just your arms and legs that feels amazing.
Bonus points – martial arts is a full-body sport. That means you’re working every muscle to coordinate your body and get the moves right. You’re toning ALL your muscles, not just the ones you use for kicking and punching. A lot of our members really enjoy women’s martial arts as an alternative to the gym because they’re surrounded by their friends, constantly moving, and having FUN as they learn a life-saving skill. The cool thing too is that martial arts is an individual sport in a group setting, so while you’re working on your own self defense combos, all your other mom friends in class are cheering you on and supporting you every step of the way.
That sense of community and women supporting women is what helps a lot of our moms in karate classes finally let the stress go and embrace their awesomeness. So relieving stress and getting fit are key reasons we see moms start martial arts. But another reason is that they’re learning a really important life skill- self defense.
Get Fit Fast Through Self Defense
Because of the unjust world we live in, a woman will often require self-defense skills on more occasions than a man. As we all work to change that fact on a global level, more and more people are realizing that self defense is one of those things you don’t ever want to “wish you’d learned” sooner. A lot of moms (and all women in general) have found it really gratifying and confidence-boosting to learn self defense skills from our classes. Studies have shown that women who take self-defense trainings feel more confident in their bodies AND more confident (less scared) in public places.
Also, ever heard of “mom aggression”? It’s this primal feeling moms get when they sense a serious threat headed straight towards their child. Moms protecting their young in the wild, like bears and lions, will go totally berserk on these attackers and most likely kill them. Humans have these little things called laws that prevent us from outright attacking each other, but God forbid someone ever comes after you or your kids, you’ll be grateful to know how to protect your life and theirs through self defense.
Plus, you’re teaching things to your children all the time, even if you don’t know it – how to cut their steak, write their name, say please and thank you. If we lived in a world where everyone knew self defense, what would life be like, especially for our daughters, our future women? You really never know what ripple effects this life-changing skill can have. Pass down one of the best skills you can- the ability to defend yourself in any situation. Your kids may thank you one day.
Mental Benefits of Women’s Karate- Confidence and Self Respect
This is a big one for a lot of women taking our martial arts classes, especially moms. Again, we live in an unjust world, so many women criticize their bodies constantly and even “hate” certain parts of their body in ways that men don’t have to deal with. And this hatred really robs women of feeling comfortable with and confident in their bodies the way that they deserve to.
While you’re getting fit, having a blast and learning self defense through martial arts classes, you’re also building an inner confidence that no outer appearance can touch. Yes, really! Think about it – if you knew that you could handle any physical situation or altercation that came your way, wouldn’t you be more confident? If you just crushed your workout and persevered through class, pushing your mind and body in new ways, wouldn’t you hold your head up high coming out of your karate class?
Our instructors are world-class teachers that can teach you everything about self defense and martial arts. But they also know a thing or two about setting and getting goals, persevering through difficulty, and other important life skills that took them from beginner to master. (One of our favorite sayings- a black belt is a white belt that never gave up!) This is where real, untouchable confidence comes from – believing in yourself, even when you have proof that you shouldn’t, and getting stuff done. Reaching new heights. Pushing your limits. When you know you’re amazing because of YOUR OWN opinion of yourself, you automatically become more confident, and you glow from the inside out.
AND, don’t forget, parents are passing things down to their kids all the time, whether they know it or not. Why not pass down that confidence and a healthy dose of self-respect? Why not show them through your actions how confident women can really be?
Forgive our cheesiness here, but it’s true: We help create bully-proof kids in our kids martial arts classes, and in our adult martial arts classes, we help moms negate whatever their inner bullies say through their true confidence.
In conclusion : Stress relief, physical fitness, self defense, and confidence- four reasons why moms are joining karate classes like crazy! We have a risk-free (yes, really risk-free!) Vitali Family Karate trial at a fraction of the cost to help you dip your toe in and soak up some of these amazing benefits. Try it today and see for yourself how martial arts are changing the lives of moms in our Lexington every day!