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4 myths about martial arts you should know

Martial art involves physical, mental and spiritual connections. There are lots of myths about martial art. These myths sometimes lead to misconceptions. Here are some myths you should know about.

You can always break bricks

It is a myth that people who know martial art can always break bricks. It happens sometimes, but not all the time. The art of brick breaking is called Tameshiwari. In some karate training, ‘tameshiwari’ is not included. This technique is more spiritual than physical in nature.

Total self-control can be achieved

One of the objectives of practicing karate is to achieve self-control. However, you may not achieve total self-control. You will have better self-control than those who don’t know karate.

Black belt is the ultimate achievement

It is a misconception that black belt is the highest level of belt. There are many levels of black belts. Many people stop their training after achieving the black belt. This is not a right thing to do. In Okinawa, the place where karate was originated, the highest level of the belt is red.

Martial art is not for the girls

This is another myth. Girls are as capable as boys to do martial arts. Strength is necessary for martial art. But other factors like flexibility, endurance and reflexes are also important. So, girls can be as good as the boys.

These misconceptions often lead to disappointments. People start training in martial arts with wrong presumptions and when they don’t get the result, they get disappointed and stop the training. You should read about martial arts and know the actual facts.