Training in a group is a great opportunity to meet new people. The casual atmosphere people enjoy during sports, combined with partner practice makes it very easy to bond with others. You will become part of a brotherhood or sisterhood far stronger than typical casual friendships.
Martial Arts is demanding. Training takes people out of their comfort zone and helps them to deal with orders, criticism as well as developing self-evaluation skills. Training is not always comfortable, it forces you to do things you would normally avoid. It forces you to deal with problems, and ultimately helps your character to grow. Kata is the backbone of our training. Go to YouTube and watch a kata done by Rika Usami. What you see encompasses Dedication, Focus, Confidence, Spirit and Devotion. Perfecting kata develops personal skills that can be leveraged throughout life. Imagine what will happen when you bring a greater level of dedication, focus, confidence, spirit and devotion to your relationships and your career.
Martial Arts is a great boost for confidence, there is no doubt about that. Not only will your increased skillset help you, it will also change the way you walk, talk and get noticed by others. People can literally feel their self-confidence increasing and benefit from the interaction with others.
One major benefit of following a Martial Arts program is a pathway to flexibility, fitness and a lifelong habit of developing physical confidence.
1 ½ to 2 hours a week of training will not in itself make you fit. But starting a martial arts program that rewards you for progress towards an achievable but challenging goal is a great motivator towards incorporating the lifestyle changes that can enhance your quality of life.