Published: September 1, 2016

Martial Arts and Fitness Part II

Many people sign up for martial arts because of the desire for a fun activity, or to learn self-control.  Many people, however, are not aware of the physical fitness benefits of martial arts like taekwondo and karate.  If you are looking to improve your fitness, or maintain an already healthy lifestyle, we may be just what you are looking for!

1. Improved Cardiovascular Health.

The running, workouts, kicking, punching, and technique drills used in our class get your heart rate moving.  Studies show that the more your heart works during exercise, the stronger that it gets.  Doctors recommend that adults get at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every day.

2. Weight Loss

It takes a difference of 3500 calories to lose 1 pound.  By reducing the amount you eat, and exercising more, that goal is not as hard as it may seem.  According to Map My Fitness app, just one 45 minute ATA Martial Arts class burns over 600 calories!   A simple lifestyle change and attendance in class can help you lose weight!

3. Improved Reflexes.

Being a good martial artist takes practice and repetition.  Soon your body learns what we call “muscle memory.” This is when your body has done the same moves so many times that you can defend yourself without thinking.  This improves the use of your joints.

4. Stress Relief

Face it.. Many times adults feel like punching something/someone.  We keep this bottled up inside (since it’s illegal in all states to punch someone).  This actually hurts the body, especially the heart.  The drills and sparring involved in martial arts actually give a positive way to release the stress from the body.  The endorphins released into your body during the workout have been shown in studies to stay in your body as long as four hours after class.  (Improving your mood when you get home.)

We have programs for all ages, and hope that we can help you on your road to fitness. Please visit our website at for more information and special offer to start you on the journey. Remember, as the saying goes, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  Take the step toward health and call today.

Daron Bilyeu
Co-Owner and Instructor
Sulphur Springs ATA Martial Arts