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The popularity of the martial arts has increased over the years both for its value in self-defense and in conditioning the body, mind and soul. These sports not only improve a person’s athleticism, they improve focus and self-confidence. People who are most devoted to martial arts training tend to have a passion for the culture and history behind it. In recent years, many martial artists have wanted authentic training and are attending martial arts training camps in the countries where they originated.
These days martial artists and enthusiasts are traveling to places from China to Brazil for genuine martial arts training in their chosen style. One of the most practiced and renowned styles is Kung Fu from China, which uses kicks, blocks and hand strikes. Some artists travel to China to train in Wing Chun, which emphasizes balance, structure and stance. Japan is the best place to learn Judo and Thailand is the place for training in Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing, which is a national sport. There are people who travel to Indonesia to learn Bakti Negara, involving grappling, striking and weaponry. Even India is a destination for the art of Gatka, which uses sticks and footwork. One unlikely martial arts training destination is Israel, which is the actual origin of Krav Maga, a combination of several other styles. Finally, Brazil is a training destination for Capoeira, a skillful dance, and for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, a ground fighting style.
Jenny taught school in China for a couple of years shortly after graduating from college and developed a passion for Chinese culture and history. She initially learned Wing Chun while in China and later trained in Kung Fu after moving back to the U.S.. Jenny has come to appreciate the value of authentic martial arts training. She regularly vacations in China in order to obtain genuine training in the martial arts.
By its sheer nature as a fighting and self-defense sport, the martial arts lends itself to a relatively high rate of physical injury. Its emphasis on striking and throwing poses the risk of concussion. Injuries to the extremities are also common, particularly to fingers, elbows and ankles. Performing jumps increases the risk of rupturing your Achilles tendon. Types of injuries vary according to the style of martial arts being practiced. For instance, Judo tends to have more injuries to the upper extremities, Karate has more injuries to the head and face, and Taekwondo generally has more injuries to lower extremities.
That’s why Jenny came to Good Neighbor - to protect herself in the event of an injury while training or performing the martial arts.
In addition to the type of injury, the frequency of injury also varies depending on the style of martial arts being practiced. A recent study determined that the percentage of participants sustaining an injury requiring time off from training was 59% for Tae Kwon Do, 51% for Aikido, 38% for Kung Fu, 30% for Karate and 14% for Tai Chi.
Martial arts insurance plans can protect you in the event of injury while training or performing martial arts with comprehensive medical coverage.
Jenny came to appreciate her insurance plan about six months ago while at a Kung Fu training camp in Shandong, China. She suffered an eye injury while sparring that required an emergency room visit. Jenny was able to present her insurance information and receive prompt and proper medical treatment.
Jenny received prompt medical treatment for her eye injury and her medical costs were covered by her insurance policy. Be like Jenny and protect yourself with a martial arts insurance plan today. Get started by selecting one of the featured plans below or by getting a quote now.
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