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Mindfulness and Martial Arts

It’s time to talk about the emotional benefits of studying martial arts. Let’s face it – kids have a hard time managing their emotions. You’d be hard-pressed to find a parent who hasn’t had to deal with their share of temper tantrums. It’s exhausting.

Also, consider the other side of the coin: it’s exhausting for kids, too. Toddlers have temper tantrums, but even older kids can struggle with emotional self-control. When you add in all the distractions of modern life – including the devices that kids always seem to be using – it’s easy to understand why they might have a hard time with these things.

Mindfulness is the practice of staying in the present moment. People sometimes associate mindfulness with Eastern religions like Buddhism, but it can be a secular practice, too. And it’s something that martial arts students learn every time they step into a class with us.

I’ve already told you about how martial arts helps kids improve their focus – and focus is essential to the practice of mindfulness. It helps kids learn to maintain their concentration even when there are background noises and distractions.

Mindfulness helps them learn emotional control, too. A mindful person can recognize an emotional response without giving in to it. Kids might not be meditating, but they practice mindfulness in every class.

Over time, children internalize the practice of mindfulness. We rarely mention that word, especially with young kids, and yet the lessons of mindfulness are part of what we do. They see their instructors demonstrate patience and control, and they learn to emulate their behavior.

There’s plenty of research that shows the benefit of mindfulness. It improves mental health, and it makes it easy for kids to control negative emotions. Many adults turn to mindfulness training as a way of managing their stress. When kids learn mindfulness early, it reduces their stress later in life.

Sometimes, the most important lessons we learn are not those we set out to learn. That’s the case with mindfulness in our classes.

I’ll let you in on a little secret, too: it’s rare that any of our students (of any age) are ever forced to use their combat training.  So, the chances of any of us having to throw a hook, shoot a double leg, or lock in an arm bar are slim.

However, we use our martial arts training daily.  Stressed at work?  Tap into that grit that we developed on the mats.  Angry and impulsive?  Channel the focus and composure we use when we’re sparring.  You get the idea.

Mindfulness is no different.  It’s an essential part of training and competition, but its benefits don’t end where the mats do.  

Do you want your child to learn about mindfulness?  Call or text us ASAP at 215 848 5454 to learn more about our programs and how we can help your child become the very best version of themselves!

Yours in training,

Coach Jackson