You can’t respect others until you respect yourself, and that begins with respecting your own body. Martial arts exist to strengthen and preserve our minds, our bodies, and our spirits — not tear them down. While we are the first to say hardship builds character — and just like muscles, sometimes things need to be broken down in order to grow stronger — we’ve seen many regret wearing out their bodies simply for ego and financial gain. Unfortunately, that’s what primarily is being promoted with the sport of MMA. And that’s what often attracts young practitioners.
Mixed martial arts are what we study at Hoover Karate Academy, yet NOT for the combat sport of MMA in which two competitors attempt to achieve dominance over one another. Our system is reality-based and intended for life outside the ring or cage, where there is no referee present and no rules. The physical tools are designed to save your life if needed, yet we understand the importance of avoiding injury. Training shouldn’t interfere with work and school. It should enhance the quality of your life — not lower it. (Obviously, things can always happen. It’s still not chess.)
We like to see people train and reap the benefits of martial arts for a lifetime, not just 5-10 years. Going at something full steam ahead sometimes can be good, but not if it’s detrimental in the long run. This applies to everything in life — relationships, careers, even diets. And if it IS a good thing — you’ll want to be able to sustain it without gassing out. Anything valuable must be maintained to keep that value. Strengthen — maintain — and preserve your assets.
Is there something you did that abused your body that you now regret? In hindsight, would you avoid it altogether or approach it differently? Comment below — or reach out privately via the Form on the right.