Will martial arts help me?
March 26, 2011 5:20 PM Subscribe
Did studying a martial art get you in shape (from a very bad starting point) or help improve your confidence and ability to deal with people?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (28 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
I'm thinking about beginning classes in jiu jitsu (or perhaps another martial art, I'm open to suggestions) to help with a). my weight problem and general out-of-shapeness and b). my insecurity and self confidence issues. What's stopping me? Why, "a" and "b", of course.
I currently am about forty pounds overweight with zero muscle tone and cannot walk up two flights of steps without getting winded. (I'm a man in his early 30s). Is it a mistake to plunge directly into martial arts without getting myself into some semblance of shape first?
I also freeze up when confronted with "alpha male" behavior or confrontations. Unfortunately my career ensures that I'm going to have to deal with bad behavior for a while. Have you found that martial arts helped you deal with social anxiety/dealing with adult bullies? Or did you find that the schools were full of said alpha behavior? (PS - yes, I'm in therapy too).
Any advice on these issues or getting started in martial arts as an adult would be welcome. Also, I live in L.A. so I'd welcome school recommendations in that area.