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 just punches and kicks. Read on to learn more!
Relieve Stress and Tone Up With Women’s Martial Arts
Moms are so 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 stay-at-home, working, or some combination of the two, it’s stressful. You’re navigating single parenthood and also going to school- stressful. If you’ve got one kid, stressful. Ten kids, STRESSFUL!
Everybody, no matter their parental status of gender, is 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 classes help hundreds of women in this Greendale 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- 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 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 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 a gym alternative 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. 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 we 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. Some studies have shown that women who take self-defense training feel more confident in their bodies AND more confident (less scared) in public places.
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 last thing. You’re constantly showing your kids the best way to live – how to cut their steak, write their name, say please and thank you. If we lived in a world where everyone knew how to defend themselves as a last resort, what would life be like, especially for our daughters, 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 means a lot of women are way less confident in themselves, their appearance, and their abilities than they deserve to be.
As we’re helping you tone your body and getting fit through our classes, we use martial arts to build an inner confidence that no outer appearance can touch. Really! Think about it – if you knew that you could handle any physical situation or altercation that came your way, wouldn’t you feel more confident in yourself? If you just crushed your workout 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 the mindset behind confidence and success, perseverance through adversity, and other important life skills that took them from beginner to teacher. (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 have every reason not to, and getting it done. Reaching new heights. Feeling the fear and doing it anyway. 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, just like before, moms are passing things down to their kids all the time, whether they know it or not. Why not give them the gift of a confident role-model with a healthy dose of self-respect? Why not show them through your actions how confident women can really be?
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!) Martial Arts America 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 Greendale every day!