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BENEFITS OF COMBAT

Boxing and combat are renowned for being the best method of training for the mind and body due to the physical and demanding nature of such activity.  Regardless of whether boxing/combat are your chosen sports or simply a technique you want to discover and develop, our Boxology®, Muay Thai and BJJ classes will offer each individual the benefits they need – either to improve fitness and/or strength, to achieve a personal goal, increase self-confidence, or enhance technique sharpen skills.  There are many great benefits of these classes:

CALORIE BURNING

A calorie is a measure of energy expenditure and stored energy.  The calories referred to in diet (calories eaten) and exercise (calories burned) are kilocalories (kcal).  Our bodies need energy to keep us alive and our organs functioning normally.  When we eat and drink, we put energy into our bodies. Our bodies use up that energy through everyday movement, which includes everything from breathing to running. To maintain a stable weight, the energy we put into our bodies must be the same as the energy we use through normal bodily functions and physical activity.

 

You can easily burn as much as 500 calories per session, and due to its high intensity training ability continues to burn calories for hours after the session has ended. 

INCREASED MUSCLE TONE

Muscle tone, also known as muscle tonus or residual muscle tension, is an unconscious low level contraction of your muscles while they are at rest.

For instance, the muscles holding the jaw keep it in position by contracting continuously and only partially.  Essentially, muscle tone is what makes your muscles still feel somewhat firm while you are resting and not intentionally tensing them.

Combat training uses a fast repetitive action that produces toned and strong muscles.

BUILD STRONG BONES & LIGAMENTS

Ligament, tough fibrous band of connective tissue that serves to support the internal organs and holds bones together in proper articulation at the joints.

Resistance training strengthens your bones and ligaments so reduces the progression of osteoporosis and helps joints become stronger.

In combat, punching pads and bags provide resistance.

INCREASED CARDIOVASCULAR FITNESS

The definition of cardiovascular fitness is the capacity of the cardiovascular system (heart, lungs and vessels) to efficiently supply oxygenated blood to working muscles, as well as the muscles to use the oxygen delivered by the blood supply as a source of energy for movement. In other words, the definition of cardiovascular fitness is how well and efficiently your blood circulates through your body.

Combat uses full body movement testing your cardiovascular system to the fullest, forcing your body to adapt and making your heart and lungs work more effectively allowing you to train at a higher intensity, giving an even greater fat burning effect.

IMPROVED MUSCULAR ENDURANCE

Muscular endurance is the ability of a muscle to repeatedly exert force against resistance.

Combat requires your muscles to contract repeatedly causing the muscles involved to fatigue. With training, your muscles can keep contracting for longer durations without getting tired, increasing not only your cardiovascular fitness but your muscular endurance.

IMPROVED CORE STABILITY

There are many definitions of core stability.  Core Stabilisation (CS) has been described as the ability to maintain spinal and pelvic alignment using trunk and hip muscle endurance and strength (Yu & Lee, 2012: Wilson et al, 2005).  It has also been described as an action whereby muscles stabilise the spine statically or dynamically while other muscles carry out a movement involving other joints (Siff, 2004).  Thus, if a person has greater core stability, they have a greater level of control over the position and movement of all other areas of their body. Anything that causes your body to become unstable requires your core muscles to work.

Combat requires lots of fast rotational movements and these core muscles will develop to allow you to punch hard without losing your balance

IMPROVED STRENGTH AND POWER

Muscular strength is the ability of a muscle or muscle group to exert maximal force against resistance. Power is the ability to move weight with speed and explosiveness.  Strength is expressed by slower, controlled movements.  You need strength to be powerful.  Strength and power are often confused, but the main difference is speed. 

Both strength and power need to be worked on for combat.  Training against resistance causes all of these muscles to contract with more force and speed, alongside correctly thrown punches, kick, elbows and knees uses your legs, hips, glutes, core, obliques, back, shoulders, chest and arms will develop your strength and power further.

STRESS RELIEF

Punching and kicking pads and bags will empower you and make you feel mentally stronger afterwards!  It has a magical effect on your mental health and it has been scientifically proven to help with anxiety, depression, and stress. Take out the stresses of your normal life in a safe, controlled environment and take power back over anxiety and depression.  It will leave you calm and relaxed and ready to tackle whatever life throws at you.

IMPROVED CO-ORDINATION

The definition of co-ordination is the ability to execute smooth, accurate, controlled motor responses (optimal interaction of muscle function). 
Coordination is the ability to select the right muscle at the right time with proper intensity to achieve proper action.

Moving lots of parts (upper and lower body limbs) at the same time in combat requires a good connection between your brain and your body.  With patience and practice, focus and discipline you can improve co-ordination which can be transferred over to other sports and activities.

IMPROVED CONFIDENCE AND SELF ESTEEM

Confidence and self-esteem is having a strong belief or full assurance in oneself, and having no uncertainty about one’s own abilities, correctness, successfulness.

Mastering the techniques involved in martial arts often make people feel like they have accomplished something! Plus, the better your technique, the more force you have and the stronger you can punch.