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  • Master Regina Gonzalez

New Year, New You at the American Karate Institute

The past 12 months have been absolutely phenomenal. If you’re like most people, however, there are things that you may want to improve in the next 365 days. Whether that would be to earn more money, get a new job, travel the world — or everyone’s favorite — to lose weight, we all seek a new beginning once the new year kicks in.

It’s human nature to always constantly want more out of life. So we make resolutions. We promise ourselves to stay away from bad food choices, to exercise more and maybe join a gym, to make new friends and meet new people, to lose weight. This is all part of our New Year’s resolutions.

We make these promises to ourselves because, ultimately, we want to lead happier, more fulfilling lives. Sometimes though, it’s hard to stick to resolutions. We often start off strong, firing with enthusiasm and energy in the first couple of weeks before fizzling out. Making positive changes in our lives is never easy.

Let’s examine how training martial arts can help you achieve all your goals in 2020 and why it is the secret to a better life.

You can finally lose weight

This one is obvious. Martial arts has the power to get you in the absolute best shape of your life. Its intense training routines and methodologies will push you to your physical limit, and then watch you shatter those limits, surprising even yourself.

There is no better time to start training in martial arts than at the beginning of the year when your determination and courage is at a high. Once you get hooked on martial arts, there is no turning back, and you’ll soon find yourself stronger, faster, and sharper.

Furthermore, you can finally lose the weight you’ve always promised yourself to lose every year. Martial arts will help you achieve your dream body quickly and efficiently. A lot of martial arts practitioners say training is the secret to getting ripped and lean.

Seek adventurer

Those looking for more excitement and adventure should look no further than to martial arts for all the action and excitement you will ever need. Martial arts is such an effective workout, not only because it is physically efficient, but also because it is the most fun you will ever have.

Move away from the traditional gym and try martial arts. Switch things up a little. Whether it is discovering the ‘Sweet Science’ of boxing, the Art of Eight Limbs in Muay Thai, or the gentle art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, martial arts will uncover a whole new world for you to explore. Every day you train is like a new adventure.

Each time you step into our mma school, it’s a unique experience. If you’re looking for something fun to do each and every day, martial arts could be the way to go.

Make new friends

You won’t be in it alone. During your martial arts journey, you’ll get to meet like-minded people who have made the same decision as you have to take control of your lives. They say the comrades you meet in martial arts training will form some of the strongest bonds of friendship.

Each time you go to a martial arts class, you’re working with your peers in improving your skills and unlocking your potential. There is so much opportunity to work together in martial arts, achieving common goals and reaching individual and group milestones.

The people you train with on your very first day in class will be the same people you train with when you reach the advanced stages. You will all be learning and growing together. Even more, you’ll make new friends that you can keep for life.

Learn something different

A lot of people make it a point to learn a new skill every year, so why not try martial arts? Martial arts training is unlike anything you have ever experienced before in your life. Those looking to learn something different and new should give a martial arts class a go.

Acquire the knowledge of self-defense, mastering the striking techniques in takewondo, karate, boxing and Muay Thai. Empower yourself with grappling skills and the ability to find efficient and low impact solutions to physical confrontations through the use of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. If knowledge is what you seek in the new year, add the knowledge of martial arts to enrich your life.

It’s certainly a change-up from the usual. Plus, it’s a fun new sport you can pick up quite easily that will keep you interested and engaged for a longer period compared to a traditional gym which can get very bland.

Reinvent yourself

Along the way you will get to know yourself and what you are capable of on a deeper level. Everyone every single year wants to reinvent themselves. We always promise each other that we will be the best version of ourselves beginning the first day of every new year. Martial arts will help us achieve this goal now more than ever before.

Because martial arts has to deal a lot with our physical and mental development, we are able to completely reinvent who we are through training. We consistently discover new capabilities, and constantly upgrade our mental and spiritual capacity at a fast rate. Through martial arts, we can change our lives for the better.

So if you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution that you can actually follow, make the resolution to start training in martial arts. It’s a surefire way to unleash your true capabilities and unlock your true potential as a human being.


At the American Karate Institute, we teach a way of life. Our Miami martial arts school and MMA Classes 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 mixed martial arts and self-defense classes and schedule your free-trial class!

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