More moms than ever are taking martial arts 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 Martial Arts for Women
An indisputable fact: Moms are awesome. These women are the superheroes 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 mom that stays at home, that’s stressful. If you’re a mom that works, that’s stressful too. 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 confidently state that Karate classes for women have assisted many women in our Roanoke community in releasing stress and becoming their most confident, energized selves. How? Two words: kicks and punches.
Stress itself is a self-imposed pressure augmented by mental rumination- we pump ourselves up and stress ourselves out, sometimes for legitimate reasons, oftentimes for future situations that will never actually happen. 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.
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 stress-free thinking. There’s something about getting all that tension, frustration, and anxious energy out through just your arms and legs that feels amazing.
Bonus points – 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 martial arts for women as an alternative to the gym because they’re surrounded by their friends, constantly moving, and having FUN as they learn a life-saving skill.
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, everyone else is learning this amazing skill as well. That sense of community and women’s empowerment 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- women’s self-defense.
Get Fit Fast Through Self Defense
Because of the unjust world we live in, a woman will often require self-defense skills on more occasions than a man. As we all 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 rewarding and confidence-boosting to learn women’s self defense skills from our classes. In fact, studies (LINK) 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 this primal feeling moms get when someone’s threatening their kids, adopted or biological. Moms protecting their young in the wild, like bears and lions, go completely nuts on (read: maul and destroy) their predators. Humans have these little things called laws that prevent us from outright attacking each other, 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 constantly showing your kids the best way to live – how to brush their teeth, comb their hair, and use their manners. If we passed down self-defense just as easily to our kids, 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 big one for a lot of women taking our Bjj classes for women, especially moms. Again, we live in an unjust world, so many women criticize their bodies constantly and even “hate” certain parts 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 get fit through our classes, we use martial arts to build an inner confidence that no outer appearance can touch. Yes, really! Think of it this way – if you knew without a shadow of a doubt that you could handle any physical situation or altercation 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 can teach you everything 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. (One of our favorite sayings- a black belt is a white belt that never gave up!) This is where that “I am amazing” confidence comes from – believing in yourself, even when you don’t want to, and getting it done. Reaching new heights. Handling it. 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, again, 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-esteem? Why not show them through your actions how confident women can really be?
Forgive our cheesiness here, but it’s true: We help create bully-proof kids in our kids martial arts classes and in our adult martial arts classes.
In conclusion: 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!) Lindamoods Martial Arts 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 Roanoke every day!