Why are more women than ever taking adult martial arts classes, especially moms? It’s simple- these classes are about so much more than just punches and kicks. Read on to learn more! Why more moms are taking karate
Relieve Stress and Tone Up with Women’s Martial Arts
Moms are so awesome. These women are the (often unsung) heroes of the world, taking on so much and giving so much in return to everyone in their lives.
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 stay-at-home mom, that is stressful. If you’re a working mom, that is stressful. If you’ve got one kid, stressful. Ten kids, STRESSFUL!
Every person is being confronted with stress in the modern world we live in, and we’re all figuring out a way to deal with it. We can say with confidence that karate classes help hundreds of women in this Largo community melt their stress and become the best version of themselves they can be. How? Two words- kicks and punches.
Oftentimes stress is a mental pressure we put on ourselves, pumping ourselves up and kind of catastrophizing into the future. Again, it’s easy to be stressed out as a mom- you’ve got your own life stuff going on, AND your kid’s stuff on top of it. Any physical activity you do will get that stress-induced adrenaline moving throughout your body and get you out of your head, but karate is special in that you kick and punch your way to that stress-melting feeling. Getting your frustrations and anxious energy out through these focused channels is super healthy and just feels amazing.
But that’s not all – 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 everything, not just your arms and legs.
A lot of our members choose women’s martial arts as a gym alternative because they’re learning a life-saving skill (fitness with purpose) and having FUN with their friends. Martial arts is great because it’s an individual sport in a group setting, so while you’re working on your own self defense combos, every other mom in class is cheering you on big time.
That sense of community and women’s empowerment is what helps a lot of our moms in karate classes release their stress and embrace their awesomeness. Moms usually come to martial arts classes to get fit and relieve stress, but they also come to learn a truly life-saving skill- self-defense.
Get Fit Fast Through Self Defense
We live in a world that is unjust, so a woman is often confronted with more self-defense situations than a man.
As all of us look to change that fact on a societal 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 comforting and confidence-boosting to learn self defense skills from our classes. Some studies have shown that women who take self-defense training feel more confident in their bodies and more confident in public.
Also, ever heard of “mom aggression”? It’s these primal feeling mothers get when someone’s threatening the life they gave birth to (or adopted) and have a deep attachment to.
Moms protecting their young in the wild, like bears and lions, go completely nuts on (read: maul and destroy) their predators. Moms protecting their young in human society are restricted by these little things called laws, 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.
One more thing- you’re passing things down to your kids all the time – how to use a fork and knife properly, what to say to comfort a loved one. If we passed down self defense just as easily to our kids, what would life be like, especially for our little (or big) girls, our future women? You never know how the world could really change for the better. 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 biggie for a lot of women taking our martial arts classes, especially moms. Again, we live in an unjust world, so women are often taught to criticize their bodies constantly and even “hate” part of their bodies in ways that men don’t have to deal with. This translates to women being way less confident in their physical bodies and their mental capabilities than they deserve to be.
As our classes help you tone up, get fit and have fun, they’re also helping you build an inner confidence that no outer appearance can touch. Really! Think of it this way – if you knew without a shadow of a doubt that you could handle any physical situation that came your way, wouldn’t you feel more confident in yourself? If you just smashed your fitness goals and pushed your mind and body in ways you never had before, wouldn’t you hold your head up higher coming out of your karate class?
Our instructors are world-class teachers that will show you everything you need to know about self defense and martial arts. But they also know a thing or two about perseverance, discipline, and other important life skills that took them from novice to expert. (Remember, a black belt is a white belt that never gave up!) This is where confidence and success really start – believing in yourself, even when you don’t want to, and getting it done. Reaching new heights. Handling it. When you know you’re truly remarkable because of YOUR OWN opinion of yourself, you automatically become more confident, and you glow from the inside out.
AND, again, moms are passing things down to their kids all the time. Why not give them the gift of a confident role-model with a healthy dose of self-esteem? Why not show them through your actions that their confidence comes from within themselves, not from what others say?
It sounds cheesy, but it’s true: We help create bully-proof kids in our kids martial arts classes, and in our adult martial arts classes, we.
So : Stress relief, physical fitness, self defense, and confidence- four reasons that more moms than ever are turning to martial arts to try something new! We have a risk-free (yes, really risk-free!) Gracie Largo Jiu Jitsu 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 Largo every day!