We’ve all heard that martial arts training is beneficial to the students, especially the juniors. However, it’s not bragging when it’s actually fact!
An article published in the May 1985 edition of Psychology Today identified several key differences between long-time practitioners of martial arts and the control group (that is, people who do not practice martial arts):
• Higher self-esteem
• Lower subversiveness
• Lower anxiety
• Higher social intelligence
• Increased sense of responsibility
The first group (martial artists) were found to experience a higher increase in self-esteem than the second group (non-martial artists). They were found more likely to take responsibilities on their shoulders and less likely to be radical. They were found to be more socially intelligent than their peers and reported lower levels of stress and anxiety. Five key differences and none talk about violence. Fancy that!
Martial arts training will produce effective behavioral and cognitive benefits in practitioners. This has been reported by several researchers. These include:
• J.R. Fuller (Martial arts and psychological health., 1988) , who found martial arts improves self-esteem
• Duthie (Selected personality traits of martial artists as measured by the adjective checklist, 1978) , who found it improves the feeling of self-reliance or autonomy
• M.E. Trulson (Martial arts training: a novel ‘cure’ for juvenile delinquency)
• C.L. Richman and H. Rehberg (The development of self-esteem through martial arts) found in two separate studies in 1986, that martial arts training produced a more positive reaction to physical stimulus in practitioners X.S. Cai (Physical exercise and mental health: a content integrated approach in coping with college students’ anxiety and depression., 2000) associated martial arts with reduced depression and anxiety
• B. Konzak and F. Boudreau (Martial arts training and mental health: An exercise in self-help, 1984) associated it with higher emotional stability, increased assertiveness and positive behavioral changes.
• A 1990 study on a particular martial arts ( Effect of Participation in Taekwondo on College Women’s Self Concept ) found that students who finished one semester of martial arts training showed higher self esteem – more self-control and less feelings of vulnerability, than students without martial arts training.
• In 2012, Dr. Greg Moody presented his doctoral thesis: The Effects of Martial Arts on Bullying in Children. His results showed a reduction in the incidence of children being bullied and a strong indication in a reduction in the child’s tendency to bully others after extended martial arts training.
These studies are only a tiny fraction of the vast array of medical and scientific studies positively linking martial arts with several concepts of happier, high-quality living. Let’s get you and your family started today at West Houston ATA Martial Arts!