If you were to ask five different people why they take karate classes at the NYHRC, you’re likely to get five different responses. Studying the martial arts is about so much more than just learning how to kick and punch. Below are six little-known benefits of martial arts, from Sensei Howard Turoff.
- Building Self-Confidence: Knowing that you can take care of yourself will reflect positively in every aspect of your life. You’ll approach confrontational situations with assurance. Even something as scary as public speaking may become easier.
- Supercharging Strength and Conditioning: Karate training will get you in shape. Knowing how to fight will only help you so long if you are not properly conditioned. Our classes will prepare you both aerobically and anaerobically; you’ll be stronger, faster and have greater endurance.
- Training can be Stimulating and Fun: Exercise for the sake of exercise can be repetitive. Swimming laps or climbing a Stairmaster can get old quick. When you train in my class, your mind is focused on learning the skill we’re practicing. You’re not watching TV or listening to music, and as a result, the time flies by.
- Overcoming Fears: I’ve met many students who come to karate because they were bullied or came from an abusive relationship. Martial arts training will help you take control of your life again. This goes hand-in-hand with boosting your self-confidence, but self-confidence alone won’t protect you. Karate can teach you the skills necessary to save your life.
- Karate is More than Just Learning to Fight: You may never get in a fight, but I guarantee that at some point you’re going to fall down. You might slip on the ice, crash your bike or trip over the family dog. Learning how to fall is an important martial arts skill. So is learning to block, whether it’s a punch to the nose or a potted plant falling off a window sill. Martial arts training will benefit you all your life.
- Karate is Learning How NOT to Fight: You don’t need to take the bait when you have confidence in your training, knowledge and ability.
Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30pm at the 23rd St. NYHRC. They are included with membership, and no prior experience is required. You don’t need a uniform or equipment. Just show up with a good attitude and a desire to learn! We love new students so please don’t be intimidated to try a class. Everyone from the teachers down to the white belts will be happy to welcome you to our martial arts family!
Sensei Howard Turoff
Yondan (4th degree black belt)