A recent article out of Marine Corps Recruit Depot – San Diego profiled USMC Martial Arts Instructors (MAI’s) and the importance of martial arts instruction for Marine recruit indoctrination. Although the purpose of a MAI is to teach the fundamentals of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP), they are also there to instill Warrior Ethos. Staff Sgt. Jonh Saracay describes how martial arts instruction ties into Warrior Ethos. “Warrior Ethos stresses mental and character development, including the responsible use of force, leadership, and teamwork. ‘At the end of each class, we have tie-ins,’ said Saracay. ‘It’s a period of time where the MAI can cool down the recruits, have them relax and explain to them how Marines have evolved with MCMAP.’” Basic martial arts instruction is a valuable part of an overall physical training program designed to maximize agility and quickness of response. In addition the mental aspects of even basic martial arts training generalize benefits to all areas of athletic performance. You can pick up basic martial arts instruction in a safe environment at minimal costs. Even a solitary workout on a heavy bag is a grueling experiencethat builds both core strength and character. You can read the full article HERE.