1. To be better.
This reason to practice is all about the growth mindset. Any martial art will offer a lifetime of skills to learn and explore. Personally I chose Ninjutsu because it isn’t just throws, hand-to-hand or ground work. there is absolutely nothing wrong with those, but I like to be a “jack of all trades and master of none.”
This isn’t about competing with other people. This is about being better than yourself the day before, and that is a task that is difficult to focus on. Martial arts is an excellent excuse to stay consistent in that regard.
2. To have fun
‘You have a bad day at work, and you have a cake in the fridge. The cake is the reward right? what if I told you keep the cake in the fridge and I have something else that might help. Getting out on a week night to meet with friends and have fun learning a new skill.
It isn’t unreasonable to think that if instead of laying on the couch watching reruns of that show again, that if you got up and moved, you would feel both physically and mentally better. Even though we are training for a real life scenario, at the end of the day if it isn’t fun, you probably won’t stick with it for long.
3. To relax
This falls in tightly with the last point, but its more than just having fun with friends. I find after a good class, the calming effect on my mind can last for at least a full day after. This isn’t some medical cure, I’m just doing something I enjoy and it gets me out of the house. I have something to look forward to during the work week, and that keeps me motivated all week long.
Even though these are only 3 reasons to train, there are many more. For me, the big point in this one is the growth mindset. Always looking to learn and improve myself is the most exciting thing about a martial arts for me.