Why More Moms Are Taking Karate: Martial Arts For Women

Martial arts for women

More moms than ever are taking martial arts classes for women, and it’s easy to see why, these classes are about so much more than just punches and kicks. Read on to learn more!


Relieve Stress And Tone Up With Women’s Martial Arts

Martial arts for women

An indisputable fact: Moms are awesome. These women are the (often unsung) heroes of the world, taking on so much and giving so much in return to everyone in their lives.

We want to start by saying that we seriously appreciate all of the work that goes into being a mom in any capacity… and we also understand just how much of that work can weigh on you. If you’re a mom that stays at home, that’s stressful. If you’re a mom who works, that’s stressful too. If you’ve got one kid, stressful. Ten kids, stressful!

All human beings (women, men, children, all of us) are confronted with stress in the modern world we live in, and we’re all figuring out a way to deal with it. We can say with confidence that karate classes help hundreds of women in this Irmo community melt their stress and become their most confident selves. How? Two words, kicks and punches.

Oftentimes stress is a mental pressure we put on ourselves, pumping ourselves up and kind of catastrophizing into the future. Again, it’s easy to be stressed out as a mom, you’ve got your life stuff going on, and your kid’s stuff on top of it.

Moving your body in any form will help get that adrenaline out of your body and reduce stress pretty much immediately, but karate is awesome in that you kick and punch your way to stress-free thinking. There’s something about getting all that tension, frustration, and anxious energy out through just your arms and legs that feels amazing.

Bonus points, martial arts for women is a full-body sport. That means you’re working every muscle to coordinate your body and get the moves right. You’re toning all your muscles, not just the ones you use for kicking and punching. A lot of our members choose women’s martial arts as a gym alternative because they’re constantly moving in class (no more boring workouts!) and having fun.

Martial arts is great because it’s an individual sport in a group setting, so while you’re working on your self-defense combos, every other mom in class is cheering you on big time. That sense of community and women supporting women is what helps a lot of our moms in karate classes finally let the stress go and embrace their awesomeness. So relieving stress and getting fit are key reasons we see moms start martial arts. But another reason is that they’re learning a really important life skill, self-defense.


Get Fit Fast Through Self-Defense

Martial arts for women

It’s a sad truth that women need to use self-defense and karate skills more often than men do. As all of us look to change that fact on a societal level, more and more people are realizing that self-defense is one of those things you don’t ever want to “wish you’d learned” sooner.

A lot of moms (and all women in general) have found it comforting and confidence-boosting to learn self-defense skills from our classes. Some studies have shown that women who take self-defense training feel more confident in their bodies and more confident (less scared) in public places.

Also, ever heard of “mom aggression”? It’s this primal feeling moms get when they sense a serious threat headed straight toward their child. Moms protecting their young in the wild, like bears and lions, go completely nuts on (read: maul and destroy) their predators.

Humans have these little things called laws that prevent us from outright attacking each other, but God forbid someone ever comes after you or your kids, you’ll be grateful to know how to protect your life and theirs through self-defense.

Plus, you’re teaching things to your children all the time, even if you don’t know them, how to use a fork and knife properly, what to say to comfort a loved one. If we passed down self-defense just as easily to our kids, what would life be like, especially for our little (or big) girls, our future women? You never know what ripple effects this life-changing skill can have. Pass down one of the best skills you can- the ability to defend yourself in any situation. Your kids may thank you one day.


Mental Benefits of Women’s Karate- Confidence and Self-respect

Martial arts for women

This is a big one for a lot of women taking our martial arts classes, especially moms. Again, we live in an unjust world, so women are often taught to criticize their bodies constantly and even “hate” certain parts of their bodies in ways that men don’t have to deal with. This means a lot of women are way less confident in themselves, their appearance, and their abilities than they deserve to be.

As our classes help you tone up, get fit, and have fun, they’re also helping you build an inner confidence that no outer appearance can touch. Really! Think about it, if you knew that you could handle any physical situation that came your way, wouldn’t you feel more confident in yourself? If you just smashed your fitness goals and pushed your mind and body in ways you never had before, wouldn’t you hold your head up higher coming out of your karate class?

Our instructors are world-class teachers who know a lot about self-defense and martial arts. But they also know a thing or two about the mindset behind confidence and success, perseverance through adversity, and other important life skills that took them from beginner to teacher. (One of our favorite sayings, a black belt is a white belt that never gave up!)

This is where confidence and success start, believing in yourself, even when you have proof that you shouldn’t, and getting it done. Reaching new heights. Pushing your limits. When you know you’re awesome because of your own opinion of yourself, you automatically become more confident, and you glow from the inside out.

And, again, parents are passing things down to their kids all the time, whether they know it or not. Why not pass down that confidence and a healthy dose of self-respect? Why not show them through your actions how confident women can be?

It sounds cheesy, but it’s true: We help create bully-proof kids in our kids martial arts classes, and in our adult martial arts classes, we help moms negate whatever their inner bullies say through their true confidence.



Martial arts for womenStress relief, physical fitness, self-defense, and confidence, are four reasons why moms are joining karate classes like crazy! We have a risk-free (yes, really risk-free!) BGR8 Martial Arts trial at a fraction of the cost to help you dip your toe in and soak up some of these amazing benefits. Try it today and see for yourself how martial arts are changing the lives of moms in our Irmo every day! Free Trial Offer!


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