The benefits of practicing martial arts extend far beyond the ability to defend one’s self in times of distress. Research indicates that there are various physical and mental benefits that can be gleaned from these activities as well. The physical benefits of martial arts include better bone density, flexibility, endurance, and better posture. The mental benefits include both cognitive as well as behavioral benefits. Furthermore, martial arts acts as a mental therapy of sorts for an overall improvement in mental state.
- Over time, martial arts students gain better balance and improved reaction times.
- For older people, practicing the martial arts reduces the risk of falls.
- Children who practice the martial arts learn how to resolve conflicts in a healthy way.
“Martial arts can be a discipline, a fitness regimen, and a form of self-defense that’s useful for all ages.”