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Why Martial Art's Classes Are Beneficial For Adults

At the American Karate Insitute, we teach Mixed Martial Arts in Miami for Adults of all stages in life. As adults, we can easily identify the components of a healthy lifestyle and list the factors that contribute to wellness, health and peace of mind. We know that being healthy entails getting good sleep, maintaining a healthy diet and engaging in an active lifestyle.Yet every day, we adults struggle to do what is right for our bodies due to a variety of hurdles and obstacles.

With our stressful and time-crunched lives, it’s difficult to wind down and get enough sleep. In the case of food, we often sacrifice health for convenience. And, instead of engaging in physical activities, we spend too much of our leisure time in front of a computer or TV screen. In short, we understand what it takes to be healthy, but we don’t always rise to the challenge of doing what’s needed in order to achieve and maintain good health.

Here are some of the benefits that can help you overcome some of the issues regarding your health while taking MMA Classes at AKI:

Heart Disease:

Heart disease is one of the most effective killers in our society today. Not only does exercise prevent heart problems, but having a lifestyle that lacks physical activity is an added risk factor.

Regular exercise, alone, lowers blood pressure and helps to control cholesterol levels. Staying active also decreases the fat in our abdomen that has been proven to be another risk factor of heart disease. It has been shown time and time again that people who exercise regularly after their first heart attack live longer than those who do not.

Asthma Attacks:

Asthma attacks are also partially preventable with regular exercise. Activities that require long periods of exertion are often not tolerated well by asthmatics. But, daily exercise can keep an asthmatic individual stay more in the swing of things so there’s a lower frequency of attacks.


The impact of exercise on the bones helps to guard against osteoporosis. If an individual is sedentary their whole life, they have a far greater chance of developing bone density issues. But, with the resistance and weight bearing that occurs during exercise, bones maintain their strength.

Healthy weight:

Exercise is one of the primary keys to reaching and maintaining a healthy weight. It burns lots of calories and helps ensure that your body’s natural regulatory eating signals are working as they should.

Some physical and mental benefits include:

  • Total body workout: Martial arts is a high-aerobic workout that uses every muscle group in the body. Your stamina, muscle tone, flexibility, balance and strength will all improve through martial arts. At AKI, we make sure you push your body and at the same time, you have fun and feel great!

  • Stress relief: In martial arts you get to kick, punch and scream, which is a great stress release no matter what your age. In addition, the ancient practices of martial arts have a calming affect that melts the stress away. Master Angel Gonzalez is a master is showing all the adults we have at AKI how to manage stress in their everyday lives.

  • Reach and maintain your healthy weight: Due to the total-body nature of a martial arts workout, tons of calories are burned during every class. However, you’ll also find that your natural eating signals become better regulated so food cravings will disappear and you’ll eat less as a result.

  • Learn self-defense skills: Unlike any other form of exercise, with martial arts you learn potentially life-saving self-defense skills at the same time you are getting in shape.

  • Better self confidence: This reason tops the list. Due to the goal setting, positive encouragement and respect for values that are part of all martial arts programs, the greatest benefit usually reported by martial arts students is greater self confidence. You become more comfortable in all situations – whether you’re in danger or simply doing a task that takes you beyond your comfort zone — and you’ll discover you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.

Bottom line — physical activity is great for you. In fact, Time magazine (A to Z Health Guide, 2004) called exercise: “one of the closest things to a magic bullet that modern health care has to offer.”

Any type of physical activity will improve your health and well being, but some types of exercise are better than others.

Ee need to dispel the myth that martial arts classes are just for kids. In fact, according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association, more than one third of martial arts students are adults. The reality is that martial arts is great for both children and adults. And, no matter what martial arts we teach here at AKI, whether taekwondo, karate, jujitsu, aikido or some other form, the benefits remain the same.

Contact American Karate Institute for 2 Free Trial Classes

At the American Karate Institute, we teach a way of life. Our Miami martial arts school has developed a well thought out curriculum that teaches more than just the art of self-defense. We delve deep into our students’ technique, skill set, intelligence, intuition and overall physical fitness. Contact us today if you’re interested in self-defense classes and schedule two free-trial classes!

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