More Than a Workout!

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Are you considering a taking a martial arts class?  If so, we’d like to share the benefits martial art training offers and defuse the most common fears people have expressed

which hold them back from training.

Benefits of Training 

When it comes to health and fitness, martial arts can function as an incredibly interesting and challenging form of exercise and activity, because it provides an intellectual element along with the physical. Martial art training offers  host of ancillary benefits -- everything from:


  • Becoming more physically fit

  • Being healthier

  • Becoming more self-confident

  • Feeling less depression and anxiety

  • Developing a readiness for challenge

  • Heightened awareness

  • Being able to learn to use your body in a coordinated manner whereas before you may not have thought you had that potential

  • Cultivating the ability to express yourself through physical movement

The benefits of training on a regular basis affect all areas of your living and can help you to live a more effective and productive life. It’s all about personal development, and at the Kent Institute we believe in the total martial arts experience of mind, body, and spirit.




Dispelling the Fears

It starts inside your head. The hesitation -- the uncertainty – the discomfiture; perhaps about your age, perhaps about your body, perhaps about your ability. We understand. Going in to a martial art training facility can seem intimidating to some people. We’d like to open the door and address the most common basic martial art training myths and fears and how to get past them.

“I’d feel out of place…”

The Kent Institute is not simply a gym or workout studio. It is a professional martial art school and an institue of learning. Students come in all ages, shapes and sizes. Our students are a wonderful and diverse group of individuals, each of whom is training for their own reasons and with their own goals.

“I’m out of shape physically”

A person can begin training regardless of their current level of physical conditioning (unless they are physically unable to do anything). The goal of martial art training is not to change how a person’s body looks, but to improve HOW THEIR BODY MOVES. Martial art is a physical activity, and an individual’s muscles will develop naturally as different movement patterns are used. Training consistently will result in an improvement in one’s level of physical fitness.

“I’m uncoordinated -- “I’m not graceful.”

As with any new sport or physical activity, many beginners aren’t -- at first. However, give yourself time. You will develop or improve coordination as your training progresses. Through familiarity and repetition, the muscles and the neuromuscular system eventually remember.

“I’d be embarrassed. I don’t want to be laughed at when I make a mistake.”

During training, students are so focused on what they themselves are doing that no one is looking at anyone else. In training, you set the standard; you and you alone are your own measure of progress.


“I’ve seen Bruce Lee. I could never do what he did.”

That’s probably absolutely true. Bruce Lee (like any other professional athlete) put in thousands of hours of dedicated training to achieve such a level. But you can draw upon your own skills, talents and experiences and use them to enhance your deeper understanding of the art, and yourself.


“I have physical problems – a number of old sports injuries, bad knees, etc.

If you have problems you may need to modify or eliminate certain movements in your training. On the other hand, JKD is excellent for such things as muscle toning, improving balance, developing coordination, etc.


“Martial art scares me because I’m afraid that I might get hurt.”

In any physical activity, from football to ballet, from tennis to riding a bicycle, the potential for injury exists. However, we are a professional training facility and safety in training is our top priority. Students are never put in unsafe situations and are always in control of their own training.