There are many myths and misconceptions that surround martial arts. Oftentimes, these myths get in the way of people giving martial arts a try. That’s why we are setting the record straight, and debunking some of the most popular myths about martial arts!
All Martial Arts are the Same
This is one of the most popular misconceptions about Martial Arts. People assume that all Martial Arts are the same and they are just about high kicks and punches. This could not be further from the truth. Martial Arts originated in various countries, which is why they are all different, with different fighting styles and techniques. For example, Karate originated in Japan and focuses more on striking and blocking. Taekwondo originated in Korea and focuses on different kicking techniques. Jiu-Jitsu originated in Brazil and focuses on wrestling and grappling.
Martial Arts Will Make You Violent
This is another popular myth that we are happy to debunk! Many parents have this fear that if they enroll their children in Martial Arts that they will turn violent. Martial Arts does not make you aggressive, it actually helps regulate your emotions and keeps you balanced. Martial arts teaches people how to defend and protect themselves against danger. Students are encouraged to use the least amount of force necessary to dominate their opponent and avoid injuries.
Martial Arts is Not For Girls
Unfortunately, many people believe that Martial Arts is not a good fit for girls or women. They think that because Martial Arts are more aggressive and physical, women are too weak and delicate to practice the sport! However, girls and women are just as strong and capable as boys and men when it comes to practicing Martial Arts. They are as committed to this sport as any man and can surpass most people’s expectations. In fact, enrolling girls in martial arts at an early age can give them a sense of empowerment and confidence!
Martial Arts is Just For Kids
Although many kids practice martial arts, it is not just a sport for children. Adults can have a lot of success in martial arts and they do not need to start when they are young. There are many adults who begin martial arts training in their later years and have success with the sport!
You Must Be in Good Shape to Begin Martial Arts
Another common misconception is that you must be in good physical shape to begin martial arts. Good news: this is false! In fact, many people choose to learn martial arts in order to get in shape because it is a fun and exciting way to get physically fit!
There are many myths and misconceptions about martial arts. It is important to put these to rest and for people to learn the truth about Martial Arts! Remember, all martial arts are not the same, they are for all genders and all ages, they will not make you violent and you don’t need to be in great shape to begin! So what’s stopping you now?
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