Martial Arts have the reputation of being all about fighting and violence. While that is most often what is portrayed in mass media, nothing could be further from the truth. Practice of the traditional martial arts should lead the practitioner to living a healthier lifestyle.
This healthier lifestyle goes beyond simply getting more exercise. When practiced mindfully the traditional martial arts will help the student discover and "kick" bad habits. Dependence on chemicals such as nicotine, caffeine, alcohol and other stimulants and depressants become a hindrance to progress, the body begins to reject these "foreign substances" and they become a barrier to proper training. Focused and dedicated students find that their regular and mindful practice can actually replace these substances, eliminating their need for that next cigarette, soft drink or "adult beverage". Their practice also lowers stress levels and helps the body purge built up toxins. Stress and toxin-related damage are both reasons why many turn to chemicals as a crutch to get through life. Martial Arts practice give these people a better way of dealing with their challenges.
Don't let the images of the UFC and Cage Fighting, or the violence of "movie-fu", keep you from better health. Get involved in a good martial arts school, one focused on traditional martial arts. Let the staff and leadership of that school inspire you to "kick" your bad habits and live a healthier life!