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Martial Arts during a Recession

Turn on any TV set these days and youíll hear linked to the economy the words ďrecessionĒ. Itís a scary time for everyone. Jobs are being cut left and right, everything cost more and weíre earning less. Times like this make it particularly hard to continue to justify ďexcessĒ expenses. And for many, Martial Arts training falls into this category.

While I donít like the idea that Martial Arts is some luxury that can simply be given up, everyone must face the fact that in times when money is tight and training is often one of the many things on the chopping block.

Unfortunately, in addition to wealth, our personal health and well-being is equally important in life. Itís been proven time and time again, it cost more to be sick and preventive actions (such as proper diet and exercise) may be a bit more expensive now but in the long-run will cost us less in terms of medical bills and livelihood. And as anyone who has studied Martial Arts for some period of time, you just feel better doing Martial Arts. Itís not only good physical exercise, itís also good for stress relief (something we need a lot of during difficult times) and clarity of thought.

If youíre among the many trying to figure out how to fit your training into your ever tightening budget, here are some tips you might be able to look into:


Times are tough for everyone. Remember, just as youíre struggling, so is your teacher. There are many expenses associated with having a legitimate training program and facility. Undoubtedly they are feeling the pinch just as you are. Thus, they may be limited in what they can do to provide any help in cutting down the cost.

If none of the options work out, you may need to take a leave of absence. One of the best ways to make sure you donít lose touch with your training all together is setup a goal with your teacher to agree to check in with one another after a set period of time. If you must, write a note/contract and hold each other to that contact. The best way to make sure you return to training is to have a definite plan to getting back involved. Meanwhile, while youíre away from the school, try to set a personal schedule in which you are still training at some regular intervals. It will make returning that much easier.

Stay strong. Train hard.

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