Fight with Speed and Power
The NAVY SEALS acronym stands for sea, air, and land. Along with swimming (sea) and sprinting (land), martial arts consisting of kickboxing, karate, and kungfu is one of the best cardio exercises. It’s the air portion of my personal NAVY SEALS fitness approach.
Martial arts provides many life benefits such as self confidence, weight loss, physique, and self defense.
To be in the right mindset, it helps to use inspiration and motivation so that you complete your martial arts workouts when you’re tired. For inspiration, I personally use Bruce Lee as a mindset who took his training to the highest level being respected by martial art legends like Chuck Norris and Asian martial artists in other popular forms such as karate, kung-fu, taekwondo, and muay thai. Such a tragedy that a legend like Bruce Lee died so young at Age 32 back in 1973 and still leaves a lasting legacy on action stars and aspiring martial artists.
For motivation, there will be times when you feel winded with no more leg or arm power. My all-time favorite match was when I defeated a 3rd degree black belt with only 9 months of karate experience. At the time, I was at a huge disadvantage experience wise, but wanted to test my self defense tactic abilities gained from watching Bruce Lee and Chinese Kung Fu films. In front of my dojo, I shocked everyone by winning the sparring fight by tricking the black belt to throw a front kick in which I ducked down for a left leg sweep that tripped them up and followed with a flying right front kick to their stomach when they were mid-air to win the point. The sensei immediately halted the match and asked where I learned that move because that wasn’t karate. I mentioned from Chinese Kung Fu movies and also observing my opponent’s tendencies which impressed the sensei.
In addition to the memorable fight, I channel my Dragon Ball-Z anger in every session to take my sessions to another level as if I had to kill a villain or competitor to save the world. In the fitness industry, the enemy is anyone a part of the sickness industry such as ineffective weight loss scams, fad diet programs, time-killers, fast food, alcohol, and phone time that enable people to become overweight. This works.
Now with your mindset right, let’s go over the benefits.
A one hour session of moderate intensity martial arts can burn up to 500 calories. As a full body workout, your stamina, muscle tone, flexibility, reflexes, balance, and strength will all improve through martial arts. Your metabolism improvement will help prevent obesity as you’ll burn more calories each day thru the afterburn effect
The ability to defend yourself against an assailant with speed and power is an empowering feeling. Most martial arts use self defense as a cornerstone of the entire program
A 2016 study in the Journal of Sport and Health Science suggest that martial arts specific blend of aerobics, balance, and coordination provide benefits to the brain making you smarter
With your ability to complete tough martial arts workouts putting you at a physique at a high level, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to
Participating in martial arts is one of the best ways to improve your mood as exercise produces endorphins which are chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers and provide you with a “feel good” sensation from any stresses going on in your life
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Francis Huynh is Founder & CEO of JustHuynh - the social fitness company who's mission is to kill global obesity thru personal training and group fitness for the needed social accountability and motivation in being healthy. Personally experiencing obesity during childhood, college, and work -training with partners helped Francis become healthier and happier. With time as most valuable resource, Francis turned down corporate career opportunities post-MBA to dedicate his life to help 400 million+ people affected with diabetes worldwide reach their health goals. Francis completed his undergrad at Bowdoin and MBA at Vanderbilt. He is living with wife in Boston. The mini-Franchises are currently on-hold until JustHuynh is helping the world.