Martial Arts: A Reliable Catalyst for Fitness

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Martial Arts: A Reliable Catalyst for Fitness

Retired physical fitness educator Roger Wolfson has always been an advocate of martial arts in fitness and health.  He explains that most, if not all, martial arts promote a healthy mind and body by requiring people to be at their physical and mental best at all times. 

Roger Wolfson has long since believed that the many benefits of martial arts have been well-documented and have been life-altering.  For this blog, Roger lists down a number of martial arts that he believes are the best ones to get into in terms of fitness and health.


Boxing has always been at the top of Roger Wolfson’s list not just for martial arts, but for sports and exercise in general. The many workouts involved in boxing, which include rounds of punching, skipping rope, head movement, foot drills, ab and core exercise, and more, make boxing a full body workout unlike any other. People can burn a ton of calories and fat in a single session.

And if that wasn’t enough, very few other sports can come close to boxing in terms of stress relief, according to Roger Wolfson.

Muay Thai

For those who have taken to boxing and want to try something different but similar, Roger Wolfson suggests the national sport of Thailand, Muay Thai. This extremely effective martial combines boxing techniques with strikes from the elbows, knees, and legs. Muay Thai training is intense and will definitely burn and tone at the same time. It also increases endurance and stamina while strengthening bone structure like nobody’s business.

Krav Maga

One of the most popular self-defense martial arts in the world is Krav Maga. Developed by the Israeli Defense Forces, this martial art is extremely brutal as it teaches people to defend themselves through efficient and violent means. Krav Maga training also simulates dangerous situations and has practitioners go through them, tired and unprepared – just like how they would go through dangerous situations in the real world. 

It goes without saying that Krav Maga needs practitioners to be in prime condition 100 percent of the time.


One of Roger Wolfson’s recent discoveries, Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that mixes fighting, gymnastics, and dancing. Not only does it train people to be fitter, but also makes them more agile and flexible. He also mentions that it’s a fun martial art to get into and can be done whilst having festive music blaring in the background.

Capoeira is also a great alternative to traditional martial arts such as Korea’s Tae Kwon Do and Japan’s Karate, if one were aiming for fitness.  And it’s amazing for kids.

Tai Chi

Roger Wolfson normally recommends the centuries-old Chinese martial art of Tai Chi for people who, for one reason or another, have problems handling more robust martial arts such as boxing and Krav Maga. Tai Chi may look slow, but it does its job by securing one’s focus, enhancing breathing capability, promoting perfect blood flow, and relieving stress. 

If anything, Roger Wolfson suggests that people may incorporate Tai Chi at least once a week in their workouts, as a warm-up, a cool-down, or an entire routine in itself.

Roger Wolfson was once a physical educator.  He has since retired. However, he continues to guide people on their journey toward health and fitness. From classes and workshops to seminars, demonstrations, and now blogs, Roger shares his knowledge on health and wellness, fitness, and nutrition to help people reach their goals and live a healthier life.  For more articles on health and fitness, visit this page.