3 Benefits of Martial Arts Classes for Kids and Adults


Curious about martial arts classes? Learn about the benefits in this guest post by San Diego, CA teacher Brittany M


Are you thinking about joining a martial art? Or maybe you are thinking of putting your child in a martial arts class? If you are like everyone else, you are probably a little bit unsure, and wondering things like “What if it is too hard?” or “Will martial arts make my child violent?” I am here to tell you a few of many reasons why everyone (and yes everyone: you, your significant other, and your child) should all take martial arts classes.

Physical Benefits

After the first couple days of your classes, you may be a little sore. You will wake up in the morning and wonder, “What was I thinking?” This part is important: you have to keep training. After a few more classes you will stop getting so sore, and it will be replaced by strength. Even the most basic movements will start to make you stronger and more coordinated, and will improve your overall physical fitness, all while you’re learning a valuable skill! What’s better than that?

Mental Benefits

Martial arts can increase your confidence, self-esteem, and overall well-being. It can teach you to channel your emotions into something positive. It is extremely beneficial to kids with ADHD and anyone who has trouble concentrating. Martial arts classes teach you values, respect, discipline, confidence, honor, and so much more. I’ll tell a quick story that’s a little personal to me as well: when I started martial arts I was a shy, self-conscious, sad, and angry 16-year-old girl. Martial arts changed everything for me. I became a strong, confident, independent, and overall happier person! I don’t even recognize that girl who was too scared to even ask for a bottle of water at a water booth. Now I am an instructor and a leader, and am not afraid to speak in front of a crowd. The mental benefits are unmatched.


The world we live in is not safe. Whether dealing with a bully at school, or a dangerous street situation, we should all know how to handle a situation we are put in. It may be just how to be aware of your surroundings so you stay out of bad situations, or where and how to hit so you have time to run for your life. I feel so much more safe knowing I can avoid most bad situations, but still handle them in the worst-case scenario. Everyone who trains in martial arts hopes they never have to use it. But when you need it, it’s there.

These are just three very broad reasons why everyone should take martial arts classes. Whether you want to get in shape, compete, learn to defend yourself, or you’re like me and just have some crazy drive to become a black belt, martial arts will improve your life. There is no doubt about that.

Brittany MBrittany M. teaches hapkido, karate, self defense, and taekwondo in San Diego, CA. She is a 2nd degree black belt in hapkido and tae kwan do. Learn more about Brittany here!



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8 replies
  1. Noah Mithrush
    Noah Mithrush says:

    I have been wanting to start taking classes for a while now, especially since I have been learning more and more about the MA culture. After reading this article it help me realize that I need to stop procrastinating and get going. The benefits are so much deeper than just self defense, as far as self development. This is a great thing for women to get into! Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. Gregory Willard
    Gregory Willard says:

    I had no idea that martial arts can increase your confidence, self-esteem, and overall well-being. I had my son take karate for a few years. I will have to ask him if he felt any difference when he was doing it.

  3. Thomas Pindall
    Thomas Pindall says:

    I like how you mentioned the different benefits that martial arts has for people. Personally I believe that the values that martial arts can teach you are very important, especially for everyone’s daily lives. Building confidence and self-esteem are one of the key aspects that make a great martial arts studio.

  4. Ernest London
    Ernest London says:

    I like that you mentioned that learning martial arts can help you be prepared for a worst-case scenario. Knowing how to defend yourself can help you feel more comfortable in situations and more confident. My daughter wants to enroll in martial arts classes, so I thought I would look into some benefits. If it really can help in these ways, I think it is a great option for her.

  5. Tammy Houston
    Tammy Houston says:

    To be honest, I really didn’t know that martial arts can actually help improve a person’s mood and channel it into something positive on top of increasing their confidence, well-being, and self-esteem. That actually sounds nice, and I have a feeling that someone who’s as sensitive as my sister will benefit from that the most. It pains me to see that she’s feeling insecure and lonely, and I want to help her out. I’ll talk her into taking a martial arts class. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Schiro Ackermann
    Schiro Ackermann says:

    It sure was nice to know that the soreness that a person will feel during the training will be converted in strength and improved coordination thus enhancing physical fitness. I guess that is one more reason why my little sister wants to learn self-defense. Aside from the idea that she does not like me defending her all the time, she’s a sensitive little thing that needs a little bit of improvement in her strength.

  7. JD Lopez
    JD Lopez says:

    As you’ve explained so well above, in summary, martial arts develops you holistically, it develops you in all aspects. The great thing is that it benefits you even if you are a kid or an adult, there’s a place for everybody. Thank you for sharing!


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