Everyone has their own reason for wanting to get into martial arts, and I think most of us understand that it’s beyond self-defense and fitness. There’s something very special and engaging when you start to learn these amazing movements and techniques.
Each individual is affected differently and the outcomes vary from person to person.
For some it’s the empowerment they start to feel and seeing that unfold in their daily lives.
For some it’s the inspiration they get from learning something new and creative.
For others it’s the stress relief they get from training, leaving their problems outside, off the mat, and stepping into a new focus.
And some have been able to completely transform their lives.
Let me give you and example of one of our students from a few years ago, Martin, who had that exact experience and made amazing changes to his life.
When Martin started training at Seattle Integrated Martial Arts, he came in a little hesitant and unsure about himself cause he’d never been much into athletics or knew much about fighting, he was feeling unhealthy and out of shape, pushing 50, and wanted to make some positive changes in his life.
Here’s what he says about his process…
“When I first met Bob I weighed 330 pounds, on blood pressure medication and the doctor was going to put me on more. Bob said, ‘just give me 3 months, don’t quit for 3 months and I guarantee you will feel the change’…. After 3 months I felt a huge difference physically and emotionally. I was off my blood pressure meds and my antidepressants.”
After a few short months of training with us, Martin was a whole new man. And whatever physical limitations he had going into training, we would find ways to adapt the training so he and his partners could get the most out it!
He lost a ton of weight, his coworkers were saying he was like a different person to be around.
Martin credits the confidence he got from martial arts in helping him to radically change his life by ending a 20 year relationship that was no longer healthy.
He even met a beautiful woman who he ended up marrying.
I’m not making this up!
Now, maybe not every person who steps into Martial Arts will experience such drastic life transformations. It’s not for everybody.
But this was definitely something that Martin, and many others like him, needed to add to their lives, and in his case, to drastically change their belief in themselves.
Change your belief in your self, change your life.
What is "Area 12"?
Our Kali system has 12 areas of knowledge. Areas 1-11 are all different aspects of physical combat.