Martial arts strengthens the body — and also makes the brain stronger and more alert.
People who practice the martial arts are said to have a greater level of vigilance, improved reflexes, and heightened awareness, which could reflect stronger cognitive control.
Although martial arts is often primarily thought of as a means of developing physical strength and abilities, those who take up this form of training can expect, at any age, to develop their mental strength as well.
Those who train consistently in this sport are frequently able to handle stressful and potentially harmful situations in a much more calm and effective way.
Studies have shown that the stronger punching force of martial arts experts may be linked to better brain control of muscle movement, versus increased muscular strength.
Other studies have shown that children who consistently practice martial arts are better behaved and have improved math test scores. They also become more disciplined and develop better goal-setting skills. What parent doesn’t want that for their child? Not to mention the self-confidence that they develop during their journey to earning a Black Belt, along with the ability to protect themselves.
Another study looked at the long-term benefits of a martial arts practice. Improved alertness was noted in those people with the greatest amount of martial arts experience. The study suggested that the longer a person sticks to martial arts training, the bigger the reward. Taking it a step further, it appears that these effects of improved attention may be long-lasting, rather than just a short boost after training. This is encouraging news for all of us as we age.
While countless studies have demonstrated that exercise, in general, can improve overall health and wellness, it appears that a discipline such as martial arts can help significantly improve the brain as much as the body.
This means not only should our children be practicing this art form, but our aging population as well.
What are you waiting for?