We have recently started offering online Taekwondo classes for people or kids who cannot come to our training center in Milton. This means, you can learn Taekwondo from certified instructors at nominal fee from the comfort of your home. This is much better than spending time on social media or streaming services because martial arts training will provide exceptional benefits.
Let’s read about just some of those benefits:
Reduce Anxiety and Depression
Several studies have been conducted to draw conclusive results that anxiety and depression will spike during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prolonged anxiety and depression can cause post-traumatic stress disorders in susceptible individuals. Thus, an online martial arts class might just be your easy getaway to better mental health. A pilot study conducted at The University of Hawaii found out through the Revised Child Anxiety and Depression Scale that just five weeks of martial arts training can significantly decrease the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Parallels have been drawn between this result and the fact that martial arts training can increase brain blood perfusion as well as self-esteem. Both of these parameters significantly contribute to emotional well-being and improved cognitive function.
Improved Cognitive Function
As already pointed out earlier, martial arts training can increase mental strength. Just like any other exercise, neurogenesis increases with consistency – especially in the temporal and prefrontal cortex that are involved in memory and executive function, respectively. A study published by the Journal of Sports and Health showed significantly improved cognitive function in the elderly. This was a trailblazing result; for it is usually believed that the brain starts reverse aging at a specific age. But contrary to popular belief, the aerobic, coordination, and balancing aspects of martial arts involve different areas of the brain, improving overall performance, mood and cognition.
Psycho-social Benefits and Self-Improvement
Unlike conventional sports, oriental martial arts are more focused on training the mind and body instead of excelling for competing. The latter is usually the main goal of many coaches training their students in sports like football, rugby, and even tennis. Whereas, martial arts trainers have a traditional code of morals, ethics, self-control, and self-discipline that they inculcate in their students, while simultaneously working on their skills and reflexes. Traditional trainers in Judo, jujitsu, taekwondo, and karate focus more on instilling self-confidence and self-discipline – almost with a religious gratification in mind. These are significantly more effective than modern martial arts for their sensei or dojos tech along the lines of meditation, respect, kata, and a lesser involvement of vital organs.
Unlike other fighting sports, martial arts training has been known to decrease aggression. Since it mainly focuses on energy conservation, knowing yourself and the opponent, and understanding when to make a quick, defensive move – all the while keeping your mental peace intact. This is a core skill and is attained through training stillness and mindfulness.
Martial arts have been used as a therapy for people who have been through some kind of abuse, eating disorders, or those who have had toxic families growing up. The results of the studies conducted are promising but are not conclusive. But it is evident how self-defense training, mindfulness, and improved self-esteem can be beneficial. Martial arts training, especially the traditional type, can help these victims gain a sense of control over their own lives – it equips them with the self-reliance and resilience needed to overcome day-to-day challenges. Something that was significantly damaged in them through years of abuse and generational trauma. Martial arts help break this vicious cycle and put back the power in their hands.
If someone is battling any of these demons, then taking online classes on martial arts can be life-changing! You will not only learn a new skill but will be equipped with ethical, moral, and mental capabilities to lead a more disciplined, fulfilling, and mindful life.