May 19, 2014
First off, fighting tends to be an integral part of RPGs. When you start to play this as a tabletop game you can probably bet you'll be fighting sometime. I can't think of any RPG that I didn't have a fight in every session. As this game will be based off of your actual skills you might want to learn how to throw a punch and a kick.
Second, it is a great full body workout. In any good martial arts class you should be pushed to learn new skills, perfect the skills you have already been shown and push your body to new levels of fitness. You will be using muscles you may not be used to using at first. This is a good thing. Working out in a gym is great and I recommend that you do, but it is hard to work on building a lot of the muscles in a gym that you will use in martial arts. Also it is easy to stay motivated, as each class is a little different and you will not just be working out but learning a new skill at the same time!
Third is it builds confidence. By overcoming challenges you never thought you could do, you build confidence to take on bigger and harder challenges. This confidence isn't just in the martial arts either, it translates into confidence into the rest of your life as well.
Last is the obvious one of self-defense. Learning how to defend yourself and your loved ones is a reward in and of itself.
There are a lot of options in martial arts that can fit just about everyone's tastes. From punching and kicking to throws and joint locks to ground fighting and weapons. There are hard styles for striking and bone breaking and soft styles for using your opponents momentum and aggression against them. There are also defensive styles and aggressive styles. Just pick one that interests you and go take some classes. Trying out a few different styles isn't a bad idea either.
Once you put in the time to train in a martial art for a little while you can add it to your skills list as well as the added benefit it can give you in endurance. There really is no downside to learning a martial art whether you plan on playing this game or not so get out there and train!!!
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