Martial Arts May Improve Cognition in Adults
Is Martial Arts Good for Improving Cognitive Ability in Adults?
Martial art training has long been known for having numerous benefits for people of all ages. Improving one’s self-esteem, self-confidence, mindfulness, emotional state, health, and the list goes on.
However, there’s not much actual proof demonstrating the correlation between training in the martial arts and improved brain function.
Is Martial Art Training Beneficial for Adults?
Here’s what we do know.
Martial arts training works great for kids and it’s just as beneficial for adults. How many times have you seen or heard of an older student taking up karate, jiu-jitsu, tai-chi, or some other style and reaping the benefits afterward?
Here’s How Martial Arts Can Benefit Adults
Improved memory and recall
I’ve personally experienced those benefits and have seen it for myself in others. Again, there’s not much actual science to prove it until two doctors in Germany conducted a study on adults ranging in from 52 to 81 years old. (study can be found here).
This study is important because it supports the notion that older adults benefit greatly from an active lifestyle choice by improving cognitive function. As we get older if we don’t use “it”, we lose “it”. In this case, “IT” is our brain.
What these two German doctors discovered is after an 8-week training protocol the “karate” group had increased cognitive processing speed and subjective mental health…
AND…had reduced anxiety in comparison to the other non-karate group.
This was a really great study now showing that there is a connection between physical activity, in this case, martial arts, and cognition.
You’re never Too Old to Learn Something New!
I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks. Our brains continue to learn and grow well into adulthood.
“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
At Budo Shingikan we have a wide range of ages in our adult classes as well as physical abilities. We’re not all the same and that’s what makes martial arts so unique. Each person who trains at the Budo Shingikan Dojo has chosen to do so because it’s exactly what they were looking for.
Ultimately finding something that suits you and your personality is important for you to get the full benefit of martial arts training.
Adults Need Self-Esteem Too
Improving cognition also has a wonderful byproduct that is just a good for adults in older age as it is for kids and that’s, increased self-esteem, which you’ve heard me speak about often.
We want martial arts to be the vehicle for you to expand your horizons and improve your life.
And expanding your mind, body, and spirit is at the heart of The Budo Shingikan Dojo.
Let us be the ones to show you the way. Make it a great day!