True,being fit and healthy helps you in all areas of your life.
This brings up the interesting topic of whether or not Mcdojos and Fake/Bad martial arts schools do more harm than good. After all,most of us don't live the kind of lives where violence is a regular occurrence/problem. I won't deny that these kinds of organizations have indeed helped to improve the lives of certain people,such as helping unfit/unhealthy people find a physical activity they enjoy that instills the qualities of discipline,self-control,focus,etc. (I'm talking about the sub-standard schools that have at least maintained these benefits even if they have nothing to offer from a self-defense/Martial point of view. Unfortunately,the really bad ones who are only interested in milking money from customers have lowered their training standards so much that they can't even offer these qualities.)
In my opinion(and this is just my opinion),enrolling in a bad martial arts school isn't worth the possible benefits,here is why:
- You can gain all the possible benefits(Fitness and Character Development)from training in a Mcdojo in a true high quality school AND from other kinds of sports/physical activities.
- Based on what I've researched,bad martial arts actually teach you to move in a way that is actually damaging to your joints,ligaments,and tendons.
Of course,that's not to say that you don't risk injuries training in a quality school or any rigorous physical activity for that matter,but if I'm risking injuries either way,it might as well be from training in a real martial art.
- Martial arts training is an expensive hobby. if I'm gonna shell out my hard earned cash,it might as well be from a high quality training program/product.
(The irony is that many good martial arts teachers out there actually charge much cheaper than the bad schools. This is because they are teaching out of passion rather than a desire to make dough)Edit:
- Oh yeah,forgot to add this particular one. If you train in bad martial arts long enough,there's a good chance you'll have massive difficulties if/when the day comes you decide to switch to a good training program. You'll have a lot of work to do to unlearn whatever garbage/bad habits the bad training has ingrained into your reflexes.
Anyway,those are my thoughts. If there's no good martial arts schools near your area,you might be better off pursuing a different physical activity until you can move to an area where good training becomes available. it will probably be awhile before I myself will be swimming back in the martial arts waters. I gotta take care of other life matters first.
BTW,here's an excellent article from Mr. Marc Macyoung,he explains what effective physical self-defense is really all about: