Martial artist performing a different form of Kata
Today, findings from studies of martial arts have shown positive psychological effects of training (Fuller). Different teachings and sciences together with meditation, breath control, concentration and correct application of martial arts, can lead to release of powerful inner forces. The effective management of energy is an important dimension of martial arts and to certain health professions.
Martial arts training has been proven to produce affective body, mind and behavioural benefits. Improvements in self- esteem (Fuller), positive response to physical challenges (Trulson, 1986), emotional stability and reduction in anxiety and depression (Cai, 2000). Why wouldn’t you want to be interested in such an artform especially people with aggressive behaviour. Konzak and Boudreau (1984) have drawn attention to social benefits with such behavioural change, especially the relationship between martial arts practice and aggression
Martial arts wisdom teaches that after you have committed yourself to consistent practice one becomes less impulsive and aggressive towards others. Patience, insight and calmness are the main codes of true martial arts.
Martial arts enhance self-control, developing will and discipline. Willpower and discipline is factors involved for students for continuing hard training for improving personality and performance inside and outside of the Dojo (training arena). Consistent training and, great attitude towards the moral principles of martial arts will most likely contribute to strengthening will power. This doesn’t mean that one can just come in to the gym and train and think that one will become a true martial artist. One need to really believe in their abilities and follow their moral principles. There are many fighters out there today, but it seems like true martial arts have lost its way due to the fact, of money and fame. There are many fighting organisations out there today, like the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) etc. Promoting martial arts and looking at fighters as a commodity.
According to a survey conducted by American Psychological Association, over 43% of adults surveyed suffered from bad lifestyle and health choices due to effects of stress.
An effective way to positively channel stress is from martial arts and a daily grind of training, which will allow an individual to both sharpen their self-defence skill and simultaneously improve both physical and mental health.
Helping to reduce stress-
It’s crucial to maintain an appropriate level of serotonin- Training outside under the sunlight with the help of rhythm based martial arts such as Capoeira, its one of the greatest option that’s proven to create the production and release of serotonin.
It can create a positive body image-
Regular exercise helps you to become fitter and better version of yourself and it would help to appreciate your body as well and develop a more positive body image. One way to burn calories real fast is to train the art of eight limbs, Muay Thai, an art form that can make you burn up to 1000 calories in one session.
Women’s MMA in ONE FC
There’s no secrets around martial arts, I have been told by my Professor, Kyle Noke, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, first Australian UFC fighter, Steve Irwin’s former body guard, that everything in martial arts work!
Regular dose martial arts, no matter what art form or style you choose, it will help you boost your immune system and stay in good health.
I hope you’re ready to go in to the closest dojo you have in your neighbourhood and give it a go!