Why Learn Martial Arts?

Why play a combat sport? Sure, it changes fashion items! I wanted to share with you a reflection on the martial arts in general and make you benefit from my experience as a karateka. I started karate late, at the age of 20. 14 years later, I am black belt 2nd dan Karate shotokan, federal instructor and national referee Karate Contact. I taught in clubs and continue to do so in schools.

SUMMARY

Why practice a martial art?

Which combat sport to choose?

My experience with karate

The different disciplines within the karate federation

Find a karate club in Lyon

Frequently Asked Questions

Why practice a martial art?

The answer is simple: for a thousand reasons. The martial arts have in common a set of values ​​that should guide all practitioners in their daily lives. Karate, for example, includes nine fundamental virtues that are honor, loyalty, sincerity, courage, kindness, humility, righteousness, respect and self-control. Hard to say that these qualities are not essential.

The psychological benefits

From a psychological point of view, practicing a combat sport above all helps to build self-confidence. Not because we think we are stronger than the others, but because the martial arts can push our limits, to become aware of its strengths but also and especially of our weaknesses in order to continue its progression. It is a perpetual learning that knows no end. You’ll tell me it’s the same thing in football or basketball. Yes, with one difference: in these sports, we can also rely on the collective because what matters is the group. In a martial art, we are in front of ourselves and are the own engine of our progress. It is impossible to hide behind someone.

In children, especially adolescents, practicing a combat sport can only be beneficial. Often badly in their skin, the martial arts can help them discover their qualities and thus gain the assurance that they so often lacks.

The physiological benefits

From a physiological point of view, practicing a combat sport allows a harmonious development of the body (since part of the training is dedicated to physical preparation, discipline in its own right), the development of reflexes and especially the improved coordination between the lower and upper limbs. We have rarely seen a long-time clumsy practitioner!

Which combat sport to choose?

This is the question that annoys. Every practitioner will tend to defend his own discipline. It is therefore difficult to have an objective opinion on the issue. Obviously, my first answer would be to tell you to get into karate!

In the end, there is no good answer when you want to practice a combat sport. It’s a very personal choice that depends primarily on your character. What are you looking for ? What do you like? For example, karate is a sport of percussion, that is to say that one carries blows with the feet and the fists. In contrast, judo is a sport of seizure where the objective is to bring his opponent to the ground to immobilize him. Aikido is rather an art of self-defense where you learn to neutralize a hostile person. Yet karate and judo are also forms of self-defense. And it’s not over ! You could very well be tempted by jujitsu (traditional or Brazilian?), Chinese martial arts, vietnamese and so on.

In any case, personally, I encourage people to practice a combat sport rather than a self-defense method like krav maga. Why ? Because it is fundamental, for me, to have a base of values ​​behind all these techniques of combat and it is what is missing, according to me, with these methods. Yes they are effective and very interesting but require, I believe, maturity and some experience.