Martial arts training is not restricted to preparing for combat sports competitions and street self-defence situations. Today, the most serious self-defence that people need is against the ever so prevalent sedentary lifestyle! As the old adage goes: health is wealth.
Combining elements of cardiovascular activity, resistance training, flexibility and breathing techniques, martial arts training provides an excellent full body workout. Training routines vary, ranging from high intensity cardio work that will torch that excess fat, to dynamic tension and relaxation exercises that will recharge and rejuvenate body and mind.
Enrolling with a dojo, under the guidance of a good Sensei is the most effective route to improved fitness, superior health and longevity. The teacher will understand each student's requirement and guide each individual accordingly; albeit simultaneously within the same session!
Contrary to popular belief, it is not something that one essentially has to get into from an early age. Sports science and contemporary training methods progressed to the extent that anybody, regardless of age or gender, can start training.
Thousands of elderly people are turning to martial arts as a comprehensive health and fitness activity; particularly in Europe and North America. The Okinawans have been indulging in it for generations. Consequently, it is a well documented fact that the island of Okinawa has the world's longest lifespan, with the average being 92 years!