Leslie Griesdorf: Why Learn Karate?

Leslie Griesdorf retired from his career as a dentist in 2004. Leslie Griesdorf maintains an active, healthy lifestyle and has exercised four times weekly since high school. Mr. Griesdorf also participates in karate classes and, through diligent practice, has earned his brown belt.

Learning karate is a childhood dream for many, but adults join the ranks of martial artists like Leslie Griesdorf every day, and they’re happier because of it. Benefits like those below might convince you to sign up for a local class:

  • You’ll Stay Active

Karate is an active hobby. Every time you show up for class, you’ll get your body moving, you’ll improve your flexibility, and your muscles will get stronger. You will also learn stretches, exercises and kata to do at home so you can keep moving even when you’re not in class.

  • You’ll Learn to Focus and Still Your Mind

In a plugged-in society, focus and a quiet mind are hard to find. Karate will teach you to find stillness, to focus on the task at hand and to look within to overcome challenges. Martial arts show you your weaknesses, confront you with them, and then give you the tools to conquer them, and it all starts from within.

  • You’ll Take Hits

Learning karate will teach you to take hits, both mentally and physically. The acceptance that you will not always be perfect, some things will stump you and others will best you comes from repeated practice. It also translates into daily life.

When you join a karate class, you’ll have the opportunity to socialize with people like Dr. Leslie Griesdorf on a regular basis. Use this as a chance to make friends, learn from someone with more experience and find accountability for your practice.

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