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Premier Martial Arts schools know the physical aspects of martial arts and how it makes an effective way to exercise the whole body — muscles, coordination, and aerobic.

Martial Arts is a physical endeavor. Students can expect to receive an intense physical workout, benefiting their strength, balance, and cardiovascular systems. This workout makes martial arts a great fitness activity to include in a personal physical fitness and exercise routine.

Physical Elements of a Typical Martial Arts Class

Depending on the level of the class and the instructor’s preference or schedule, each class session may incorporate the following elements:

  • warm-up/stretching
  • stances (front stance, middle stance, ready stance, back stance, etc.)
  • basics (practicing blocks, strikes, kicks, and other basic moves up and down the floor)
  • forms (repeating form segments multiple times)
  • sparring (intense bouts)
  • one-steps (similar to mini-forms and sparring, with a partner)
  • self-defense techniques

For higher belt ranks, classes may also include weapons training, advanced kicks, and various other advanced martial arts moves.

These various parts of a martial arts class strengthen students’ muscles, improve their balance and coordination, extend their endurance, and improve their cardiovascular health. For a Premier Martial Arts school near you, please visit us at

Practicing with Premier Martial Arts Builds Muscle and Strength

The different martial arts moves work various muscles throughout the body, providing a full body physical fitness workout for adults.

Martial Arts Stances – from front stance to middle stance or to a ready stance, etc. – all strengthen leg muscles, extending endurance and balance.

Martial Arts Kicks – front kick, round kick, crescent kick, side kick, jump front kick etc. – works different core leg muscles, from hip to thigh to calf, and merely lifting each leg exercises it and helps tone the muscles.

Martial Arts Punches and Blocks – punches, strikes, blocks, etc. – fulfill a similar function for the arm and side muscles, using the torque of muscles against one another – resulting in a tremendous amount of force providing a strong physical workout. Practicing also helps martial arts students hit targets harder and more accurately.

Martial Arts Stretching – Martial Arts Certified Instructors recommend stretching before and after each martial arts lesson. Simple stretching tones, lengthens, and prepares the muscles, ensuring students avoid injuries and receive the most effective workout possible.

Practicing the multiple forms of Martial Arts Improves Balance and Coordination

In addition to strengthening and toning muscles, martial arts helps improve a student’s physical coordination.

Holding stances for extended periods of time not only strengthens the leg muscles, but also aids in accomplishing greater balance. Balancing the legs in a proper stance provides a strong foundation for the body, helps transition to the next move in forms, as well as a helps in creating a solid ending stance after completing moves.

Balance is also required when executing kicks, to keep the body upright and to place the kick appropriately and consistently. It also takes coordination to throw a punch at a consistent level and specific location. Repeating forms and other moves accurately and consistently also aids with hand-eye coordination and overall covertness and confidence.

This balance and coordination, sharpen through martial arts training, helps in other areas of life, from walking down the street to balancing on a moving bus to competing in other sports activities. It can even help if a person happens to become caught in a real-life self-defense situation. For more information on reality-based martial arts training, visit Premier Martial Arts at

Practicing Martial Arts Provides an Aerobic Workout and Helps Improve Cardio Fitness

Martial Arts classes also provides cardiovascular exercise through completing forms (kata’s) and sparring (gyroogi).

Martial Arts kata’s (forms) teach combinations of moves, simulating a “fight.” The discipline of practicing martial arts partially stem from learning forms at each belt level. Depending on the speed and number of forms to master, this repetition can provide a light, moderate, or vigorous aerobic workout.

Martial Arts Gyroogi’s (sparring), which is a short intense fighting bout, as seen during mixed martial arts matches (MMA), can leave students breathless and muscles aching. Participating in a variety of sparring matches during a martial arts class gives students an intense cardio workout, while also demonstrating realistic uses of the basic moves learned in class.

Making Martial Arts a Part of an Exercise and Fitness Routine

Incorporating martial arts into a physical fitness routine is a good way to get and stay healthy and to consistently work the overall body. The varied physical fitness benefits of martial arts develop a life-long means to achieve overall health and fitness.

Every martial arts class contain several of the physical elements discussed here. Some classes might focus on basics (basic strikes and blocks), while others might concentrate on repeating forms, and still others might include sparring and self-defense techniques. This makes some sessions more aerobic and others more about strength and endurance. All classes include some similar elements, such as warming up, stretching, and holding stances.

Practicing martial arts consistently two to four times a week or more provides sufficient time working every muscle group and the body as a whole. Over time, this promotes overall health and well-being.

In Martial Arts, committed students receive a varied and intense full-body physical workout that goes far beyond simply fighting or self-defense.

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Premier Martial Arts has been in business for more than 20 years, and since our founding in 1998 we have helped thousands of students of all ages realize their full potential. Premier Martial Arts delivers a best-in-class martial arts experience that helps our students develop the personal skills that are necessary to build a successful life. Our mastery of teaching martial arts over the past two decades is evident in our structured and thorough curriculum, which is standardized across our 100+ locations across the United States, Canada and England.

Our curriculum focuses on character development far beyond the importance of self-defense. We teach our young students how to respect their elders, how to be accountable, how to focus and how to stay in shape in a fun and exciting atmosphere. We empower our adult students with the self-confidence to overcome anxieties and trauma, in an environment that fosters inclusion and social belonging.

Premier Martial Arts Fort Wayne founded in 2015 by 6th Degree Black Belt and Master Instructor Ron Kuhn. Master Kuhn had a distinguished management & engineering career working for such companies as Verizon, NIPSCO, Frontier Communications and Mediacom. In 2019 he made the decision to operate his Martial Arts School fulltime which has always been his lifelong dream. That one location has grown to three in the City of Fort Wayne.

Master Ron Kuhn is married to his wife Anita (retired Special Needs Teacher) of 27 years. They have three wonderful daughters, Jordan, Ally and Katie. Jordan is a nurse who lives in Indianapolis. Ally has a computer science and business background and works with her dad at Premier Martial Arts. Katie is Chemical Engineering graduate and works in the pharmaceutical industry in Indianapolis.


Premier Martial Arts of Fort Wayne operates three locations:

North – 10240 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 (Coldwater & DuPont)

East – 10154 Maysville Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46835 (Chapel Hill Area)

Southwest – 9906 Illinois Road Fort Wayne, IN 46804 (Scott & Illinois Road)


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