Those who are students of martial arts understand that there is an enormous mental component to the practice. Just as martial arts can improve mental health – thanks to its tenets and philosophies that relate to self-discipline, integrity, and other positive traits –psychology can also inversely help improve martial arts technique. Sport psychology, in particular, can enhance the performance of a martial arts student, through the development of mental skills.
Here’s how to improve martial arts technique through psychology:
Behavioral conditioning contends that physical practice leads to better, more...
As a martial arts instructor, I’m often asked by parents about the best ways to help their children to deal with bullies. While there are many approaches to the problem, I think one of the best ways is to instill self-confidence in your children. And martial arts is just one way to instill self-confidence.
No matter which tactics you try, you want to start by creating an open line of communication with your child. You want your child to feel comfortable to discuss any bullying incident with you. You can do that by simply listening to what they have to say. Then, you can continue to ask questions until you understand the whole story.
Inner confidence plays a massively important part in anyone’s success and happiness and it is crucial that children are given the room to develop theirs from an early age. The American Karate Institute is a wonderful place for children to build self-confidence, discipline and the belief they need to lead a positive and fruitful adulthood.
First and foremost, our martial arts instructors will make the class fun and your kids will come away feeling like they’ve had a good time. Friendships and bonds are made between children in a classroom environment and that ability to make new buddies, in itself, will give their confidence a nice boost...
Bullies frequently prey on peers they deem inferior to them. They look for classmates, neighbors, and acquaintances who exhibit shy, timid, introverted characteristics. For some psychological reason, bullies get a temporary high from putting others down, making them feel bad, or injuring them. Unfortunately, bullies are likely to be a part of life for the young and old alike. One way to decrease the likelihood that your child will fall victim to a bully is to enroll him or her in a martial arts class.
A common misconception is that martial arts instructors teach participants how to beat people up. While some facilities in...
We are all aware that exercise generally has many benefits, such as improving physical fitness and strength. But what do we know about the effects of specific types of exercise? Researchers have already shown that jogging can increase life expectancy, for example, while yoga makes us happy.
However, there is one activity that goes beyond enhancing physical and mental health – Martial arts can boost your brain’s cognition too.
Researchers say that there are two ways to improve attention, through attention training (AT), and attention state training (AST). AT is based on practicing a specific skill and getting better at that skill, but not othe...
Why should children train at our Kids Martial Arts Classes at the American Karate Institute in Miami? Martial arts can aid children in developing discipline, respect and various other traits and qualities to support them at different stages of their lives. View our philosophies HERE.
There are a multitude of other reasons, here are a few of our favorite ones.
1. Stress Reliever
Many parents do not realize their kids deal with tons of stress in their daily lives. The body’s natural response to anger and stressful situations is to tighten your muscle and have short and shallow breaths. Many forms of Martial Arts involve specific breathing techni...
Known as a weaponless form of self defense, Karate is one of the most practiced martial arts forms in the world. Karate is a combination of two Chinese characters: “Kara”, meaning empty, and “te”, meaning hand; meaning empty hand put together. Even though Karate is a form of defensive and counterattacking body movements, its mental and moral characteristics target overall improvement of the individual who practices.
In the late 17th century, a ban on weapons was imposed by the samurai rulers of Japan which began the history of Okinawan Karate. All of the training by the early masters had to be done in secret and self defense revolved...