Marge Sambol, a black belt in jiu-jitsu, explores the benefits of martial arts for women in this 10-part series.



There is absolutely no better feeling in the world on a cold, winter night than to get out of the house and sweat for an hour. I leave the house dragging my feet in the slush and I come home feeling like I could climb Mount Everest.

The burst of endorphins from martial arts training is the best motivator to tackle those tasks that seemed impossible before. It could be as simple as emptying the dishwasher and answering those emails that have piling up in my inbox, but martial arts gives me the boost to stay on top of things in the rest of my life.

I come home from a class feeling invigorated, strong, confident and capable. It pours energy into everything else I do.