That is what the long-term study of the martial arts offers you. Like an onion, there are many layers of practice, of understanding, of self-exploration; many layers of benefits that only reveal themselves through consistent and regular practice.
Obviously, training makes your body function better, look better, and feel better. Behind the obvious is the neurological and psychological benefits; your brain works better, your emotional control improves, as does your connection to people with similar motivations and interests.
Obviously, studying the martial arts helps you sharpen the physical tools of personal protection. The person who has practiced 10,000 blocks and 10,000 counter-attacks has an edge in any physical conflict. But less than obvious is the way that the practice protects you from some of the most dangerous enemies in today's world: lethargy, negative thinking, lack of adequate exercise, apathy, indifference, anger, and stress. Better health, fitness, mental and emotional clarity, and many, many friendships and experiences await you.
*Reprinted with the permission of Team Karate Centers*