Stronger, leaner, more flexible, better balance, and improved cardio are often some of the results of working out in a great martial arts studio. Whether you train in juijitsu, taekwondo, karate, judo, or any variation of martial arts that exist today there is more to the workout than meets the eye. Many martial arts instructors often talk about how martial arts “changed their lives” and they want to help others change too, but they aren’t just talking about getting healthier in mind but also for your brain too. Here is how martial arts helps your brain.
1) Training in martial arts has been proven to reduce aggression.
In a study of the Effects of participation in a martial arts-based antibullying program in elementary schools, Published November 10, 2008, it was shown that taking a martial arts program reduced the frequency of aggression in boys and increased by changes in the student empathy.
In a similar study for older children titled Cognitive and personality factors in the regular practice of martial arts, Published May 5, 2017, it showed that the regular practice of martial arts results in better performance in the attentional and creativity tests, but in my opinion more importantly, showed results in higher self-esteem and self-efficacy while showing a decrease in aggressiveness.
2) Increase attention
In a study on adults who practice martial arts and the impact on their cognitive control it was shown that the practice of martial arts improved performance with alert had to be sustained. In other studies, among children, showed that 3 lessons of Taekwondo per week showed improvement in the students attention and mindfulness. Martial arts training also helps improve the ability to perform better in divided attention tasks as well.
3) Greater Stress Management
Training in martial arts releases endorphins. These are the feel-good emotions that are released in your body that give you that calm or happy feeling after a good workout. It also gives you a physical method in which you can release your stress by punching or kicking a bag giving you a healthy way to release those emotions. In addition, stretching in the martial arts helps relieve pent up muscle tension, much of which is caused by our daily stress.