History
Meditation has been around for thousands of years. It’s only been recently that people have finally attached a name to this practice. For some people, meditation allows for a person to become closer to their spirituality or God. Many others use it as a way to calm their mind and to focus on the matter at hand. This enables a person to perform a task without distractions and being blinded by emotions. It is well known that the top Samurai warriors often completed an intense period of meditation and self-awareness development.
Without having undergone such extensive training, many of the samurais wouldn’t have been successful warriors and we wouldn’t hold samurais in such high regard like we do today. Many of the martial art forms require meditation as a foundation before the student can move forward with his or her studies.

Benefits
Martial arts offers a variety of health benefits to the user. Most people assume that only physical benefits are gained while practicing martial arts. The most common benefit that people are accustomed to seeing, is the ability to defend oneself in dangerous circumstances. By doing this students see an increase in their level of confidence by knowing they are learning how to defend themselves. While this is one of the key benefits, an amazing process is happening within. Their flexibility slowly increases, strength improves, and their speed is influenced directly as a result. After repeating the numerous exercises that martial arts requires, their motion and flexibility improves remarkably. On top of gaining or improving muscle tone, some students also see a dramatic drop in weight as well.

These results are often un-expected and are very rewarding! Other than having amazing benefits for the body, martial arts is extremely beneficial for the development of the mind and spirit. Martial arts requires extreme focus and self-discipline to become successful. While you’re training hard, you reach a point where you slowly start to feel like you’re leaving the world behind. You’re entering an alternate universe. This feeling is a natural high that is created solely on adrenaline you’re releasing while enjoying doing something you’re passionate about.
Even if you’ve had a rough day, you’ll find that a challenging workout can stimulate the senses and make you feel accomplished. The next time you experience a downer or are in a bad mood, consider doing a brief but brisk workout. I guarantee your mood has improved significantly and you feel like you can take on the world.

For those people who have a lack of or poor co-ordination, martial arts will benefit you greatly. There are not many activities that make it possible for a person to work both sides of their body evenly. Most of the exercises require frequent repetition on both sides of the body.
This prevents a person from having only one dominant side of the body. When you’re working both sides of the body effectively, each side is equally strong. Basketball and baseball players are notorious for being “one handed” sports. Many of these sports players have a favorite hand that they’re more comfortable with using to play these demanding sports. These players often lack strength in their non-dominant hands. This problem can easily be remedied by taking martial arts classes.

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Bowling and golf will strengthen one side of the body, but martial arts benefits the body as a whole and even improves mental focus. In a high quality martial arts class, your whole body will typically get a very thorough workout. It doesn’t matter which style of martial arts you choose to practice, any of the styles will enhance your bodily strength and improve the connection your mind has with your body and spirit. While a great many of the benefits seem to be particularly just for the body, there’s so many benefits for the emotional and mental health of the body. In fact, martial arts is considered to be a form of meditation for some. Concentration is key to succeed, and in order to succeed, you need to be able to shut off everyday distractions and focus and center yourself.

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This focus and becoming accustomed to centering oneself takes months and even years to develop. It’s not something that is accomplished overnight. Many of the martial arts styles cannot be completed thoroughly unless you completely train and calm your mind. Rather than taking separate classes such as yoga and meditation classes, why not combine all the benefits of yoga and meditation with a powerful and useful skill that is beneficial to the whole body. You’ll obtain the same peaceful and relaxed demeanor as you would if you were taking a successful yoga class, but you’ll also gain muscle tone, lose weight, and watch your confidence surge forward.

 
Other Benefits
Among the other benefits, martial arts seemingly blends the art of meditation and self- defense into one sport. Around the world, people are reporting feeling depressed and even disconnected from the people and the world around them. Humans are naturally social creatures and when many of today’s modern inventions have been mostly aimed at creating ways to communicate without seeing face to face, it creates a solid wall between humans. Phones, computers, and tablets have replaced most forms of the physical contact that a human being craves and needs. Perhaps if people made a transition from their technological gadgets into the amazing art of martial arts, they would feel less disconnected and more alive. You may even find that everyday problems that would distress you may no longer bother you as much, you may even feel more secure being able to think of effective solutions.

After you implement martial arts and meditation into your life, suddenly the world seems a lot less intimidating when you have the ability to think with complete clarity and without the static of the rest of the world to distract you from your own private thoughts.