The discipline known as martial arts has spread at an incredible speed in the West since its introduction in the 20 th  century from its historic roots in East Asia. Martial arts can be classified as either armed combat (including fencing and archery) or unarmed combat (such as hapkido, taekwondo, aikido, judo karate and Kung Fu). Awareness, strength and skill make a student in training exceptional in the discipline. Any martial art is good for you, as long as you enter a professional and qualified academy. Martial Arts goals are all the same despite the different styles and systems. Adults who study martial arts at any level experience a wealth of benefits that transform both their physical health and mental clarity.

Our system of Chinese Kung Fu: Wing Chun Kung Fu
Master Andrew Sofos Learnt from five of the sixteen famous Ip (Yip) Man tudents over the past 40 years. Wing chun is fast, furious and very practical for street fighting applications. Wing chun is very popular today because of its simplicity and effectiveness in street combat situations. Lessons are taught in a non-competitive environment, with no ego just the importance of self-control, respect and studying something that may one day save your life. Regular grading examinations and social events helps the student feel they are part of an extended family.

There are immense advantages to exploring martial arts training even as an adult:

1. Boost Your Self-Confidence
As a martial arts trainee, the goals you set, the respect you give to the incredible history of the discipline and the positive encouragement you receive lead to greater feelings of self- confidence in your daily life. If you aim for high goals, as a martial arts student, you experience further belief in yourself to accomplish whatever you set out to do.

2. Learn Self-Defence
During classes, students practice strategic kicks and punches. These powerful martial arts moves give you a valuable repertoire of self-defence skills.

3. Relieve Stress
Students report that martial arts practices dissolve stress. The awareness and control of breathing that you develop allow an easy escape route for stress. Since martial artists are trained to focus on the present task, distractions melt away into the background, also helping to significantly lessen the stress accumulated throughout the day.

4. Give Yourself a Full Workout
Practicing martial arts gives you complete, total body aerobic training. When you engage in this training, you are utilizing incredible physical energy. As a result, strength, balance, flexibility and stamina increase proportionally to your dedication to the discipline.

5. Improve Your Heart Health
When you participate in martial arts classes, you undergo intense cardiovascular workouts. The martial arts stress the heart, leading to improvements in your cardiovascular health. Plus, high-intensity training sessions give practitioners an improved level of fitness, which lowers your heart rate and blood pressure.

6. Lose Weight
Every martial arts training session involves intense physical movements that burn calories. One hour of moderate martial arts training can burn up to 500 calories. Plus, martial arts students discover they tend to naturally crave less food.

7. Get Faster Reflexes
Students who practice martial arts report that their reflexes are substantially improved. Reflexes not only become quicker as you participate in martial arts activities, but martial arts also helps both men and women develop quicker reaction times in a range of daily, routine life activities, like driving. Wing Chun drills are famous for this.

8. Develop a Positive Mood
Exercise is known as a natural mood enhancer. Endorphins that are released during exercise boost your mood for up to four hours after training. The mood enhancing benefits of engaging in martial arts are equal to participating in intense exercise sessions.

9. Improve Concentration
Adults who engage in martial arts discover improved concentration. Certain martial arts, like wing chun, require the memorisation of a series of movements in our forms and drills. As a repetitive discipline, the martial arts help you the practitioner, maintain mental focus.

10. Increase Coordination and Flexibility

Lower body stability is emphasized in the martial arts, especially since martial artists need a strong base from which to execute several popular movements. In order to perform certain martial arts tactics, like punching and kicking, increased coordination becomes tactically essential. Adding martial arts to your weekly routine will help you advance in flexibility and daily coordination.

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