Martial Arts Training Improves Academic Performance

There is a distinct connection between exercise, learning martial arts and academic performance that is backed by scientific research. And if you know the way I teach martial arts, I don’t do anything without a good reason.

There are specific drills that I do in classes that are martial arts specific and are designed to directly effect and enhance this connection between physical activity and learning. These drills can physically “rewire” the brain which improves communication between the hemispheres of the brain and allows for better coordination, memory as well as response times in solving mathematical & logic problems.

Here’s several great reasons to enroll in a martial arts program to help improve grades!

  • Exercise improves blood flow to the brain, thus delivery more oxygen, an important fuel for brain use.
  • Increases levels of nor-epinephrine and endorphin’s which results in a reduction of stress and improves attitude.
  • Helps to create new nerve cells and supports synaptic plasticity by increasing certain growth factors.
  • Increases neurological connections which aids in learning and memory recall.
  • Martial arts has been known to reduce stress which improves memory retention.
  • Engagement of practical & functional use of imagination.
Reference:
Nat Rev Neurosci. 2008;9(1):58-65 | CLICK HERE
Int J Sports Med 2000; 21(Supplement 1): 14-19 DOI: 10.1055/s-2000-1454 | CLICK HERE
Journal of School Health Volume 75: 6DOI: 10.1111/j.1746-1561.2005.00026.x | CLICK HERE

Adults Improve Job Performance

The above mentioned reasons why martial arts training improves performance holds true for adults looking to improve their performance in the workplace as well. The individual steps a person goes through to learn a new skill or improve one remains the same regardless of age. With the additional martial arts training, many adults notice an improvement in themselves mentally and physically right away. This feel can carry over to the home and the workplace in the following forms.

  • Increased energy and vitality.
  • Improved focus and concentration.
  • Improved strength, endurance and flexibility.
  • Improved posture. (Important if you sit at a desk)
  • Increased self worth & self respect and in turn respect from others as well.
  • Reduced stress.
  • Improved self control.
  • Inspiration to achieve more.

An impressive list indeed. If an individual was to gain one or two of those benefits, that would be absolutely amazing. Martial arts has the potential for all of those and then some!

Have you ever went to a motivational lecture or read a “self help” book to help give yourself an “edge?” Imagine how a martial arts class can help you not only improve and get a similar feeling of inspiration but also maintain that feeling and create a permanent change within yourself!

If any one of these things catches your attention as a positive change and something you may want for yourself or your kids, you should try a class! Martial arts has been shown to improve academic performance in kids and adults. Perhaps martial arts may give you that “edge” that you are looking for and an advantage over your competition.

CLICK HERE to request a class here at Kime Karate.

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About the Author:

International instructor with 30 years of martial arts experience. 5th Degree Black Belt ranked under Hanshi Patrick McCarthy. Lead instructor and owner of Kime Karate in Fairport. Army Veteran. RIT Graduate. Husband & Father.

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