The Psychological Benefits of Regular Martial Arts Practice

A resident of Lakewood, New Jersey, Avrahom Joseph currently serves on the board of Yeshiva Meon Hatorah in Spring Valley, New York. As a board member, he provides the organization with business guidance, ensures payroll deadlines are met, and resolves accounts payable. In his free time, Avrahom Joseph is an avid martial artist who practices Tai Chi, Krav Maga, and Tae Kwon Do.

Martial arts is frequently recognized for the many physical benefits it offers, but regular martial arts training may also provide psychological benefits. Scientific studies have shown that martial arts have a variety of positive effects on individuals. For example, learning martial arts can improve practitioners’ self-confidence and, in turn, help them remain calm in stressful circumstances.

Practicing martial arts has also been shown to improve mood. Long-time practitioners have reported lower levels of anxiety and aggression along with high levels of self-reliance and independence. These effects increase with time, assuming individuals continue to practice regularly. Beyond this, martial arts have been shown to improve discipline and focus, enhance self-control, and reduce stress levels.


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