What Martial Arts has Taught Anastasia Lim
I believe that martial arts is a brilliant vehicle for learning.
Not only does it teach you how to deconstruct a skill and give you a growth mindset, you are also given several other traits that can be applied to every other aspect of your life. Focus and humility are the two traits we’ll talk about today.
Have you ever been in a bad mood, then you worked out, trained, moved around, etc. and then found yourself in a pleasant mood after? That is the simplest way that martial arts can help get you focused. You sweat out the bad mood.
The other way that martial arts provides focus is in enforcing the importance of priorities. If you focus on something that’s largely irrelevant in training, you will be punished for it. Say that you’re practicing a 720 spinning hook kick all day while your jab sucks. Once you start sparring, you will feel the repercussions of your misplaced priorities. Martial arts, therefore, teaches you how to prioritize and thus how to focus.
But, of course, there’s much more. We’ll get into humility later, but for now, from Evolve MMA, here are the other lessons martial arts will teach you:
To excel in martial arts, you need humility. Stubbornness may literally make you dumber. If you’re still trying to get the 720 spinning hook kick to work even after you’ve been clipped again and again in sparring, the brain cells will trickle away.
However, if you open your mind to all that is out there, you get someone like Georges St. Pierre. His humility allows him to learn from anyone and everyone. Every single person he meets can be his teacher. He learns from everyone and combines everything he has learned to make himself the greatest fighter he can be.
If you open your mind, as well, you will never stop learning. And that is the key to success in life. Ever learning.
- Evan is a gourmand of combat sports from Taiwan. He appreciates the beauty of Muay Thai movement and all other movements. He's got no rudder so if the winds blow northerly, he goes north. His goal is to achieve and appreciate.