Updated: Jun 22
Martial arts can come in many styles. One might struggle to find any commonalities between Muay Thai and Shodokan, for example. But something every martial arts has in common is dedication, resilience, and persistence required to become any good at it. The discipline and focus required to become even minimally acceptable at any kind of martial arts provides a lifelong outlet for children that they can continue far into adulthood.
A big part of any martial arts is repetition. The continual perfection of the craft which is what makes an individual adept at whatever style they decide to do. The only way that someone can become at least passing is through practice and repetition, which requires discipline and focus. Furthermore, the ability to aim in on something for extended periods of time will be a necessity for any pursuit, not just martial arts. Being able to spend hours practicing any given technique seeps into education or work.
Martial arts is a constantly adapting sport. The rules are not standard, or arbitrary. Being creative is consistently encouraged. Indeed, bringing something to the table is the logical conclusion to all styles. Memorization can be key, but adaptive and innovative methods are the only way to continue to improve, whether you are training self-defense or forms. Being exceptional in self-defense requires quick thinking, courage, and follow through. Furthermore, forms are becoming increasingly competitive with each year, highly encouraging innovation in the sport.
Something which is not encouraged as much as it should be in modern day America is fitness and innovative thinking. Any problem solving job, entrepreneurial position, or management, requires constant care and attention. The ability to fully delve and understand something is not applicable only to martial arts, but to nearly everything someone can do with their life.