Positive Benefits of Martial Arts

Positive Benefits of Martial Arts

Traditional martial art training is training in a martial art that is based on the doctrines of the original starters of art. The art as several benefits and thus regular practicing of the martial art discipline has many mental, emotional and physical benefits. The exercises are ideal for everyone especially those with excess body weight and are looking forward to losing it, for those who want to increase their flexibility and balance and those who need to improve their muscular tone. Thus in this paper, there will be two parts: the sources part which will later be referenced and annotation of all the sources. The paper will all be explaining the mental, physical and emotional benefits that traditional martial art has both positive and negative.

Bu, B., Haijun, H., Yong, L., Chaohui, Z., Xiaoyuan, Y., & Singh, M. F. (November 01, 2010). Effects of martial arts on health status: A systematic review. Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine, 3, 4, 205-219.

The journal is peer-reviewed and published by the evidence-based medicine. The main objective of this journal is to give a systematic summary of the evidence for the martial arts effects on fitness and health to bring out the strengths of the different kinds of martial arts and to get a more clear image of how the martial arts are impacting health. The journal also aims at providing a basis for martial art researchers in future as a prescription for exercise in exercise therapy. In this journal, it is very evident that the arts like Tai chi are the most well studied although most of them have positive effects on the health of those who practice them. Since martial arts are practiced widely, their effects on physiology and other health issues should be further investigated according to the authors. The article is thus very credible in providing with more information that concerns the medical health benefits of martial arts as an exercise which is also used as an exercise prescription for evidence-based treatment.

Guo, Y., Qiu, P., & Liu, T. (2014). Tai Ji Quan: an overview of its history, health benefits, and cultural value. Journal of Sport and Health Science, 3(1), 3-8.

The above source is a journal published by sport and health science that is peer-reviewed. The article tells more about a certain traditional martial art that is practiced in China called Tai Ji Quan. That form of art is said to be part of the tradition of the Chinese and has many styles that have evolved from their history that is according to the journal. The authors explain that the art has recently been easy to adopt in practice from the original classes and thus its traditional legacy that it was used for has expanded. It is explained that Tai Ji Quan was being used as a form of self-defense in case of physical attack, it has been focusing on promoting mental and physical health, preventing of the chronic disease since it is very involving and enhances the general well-being of a person. The authors explain that this art involves dynamic action that has controlled movement that enhances physical fitness and it involves other slow movements that are continuously flowing thus resulting to calmness and well-being of the mind, the release of tension and stress. Also, the authors, as the benefits of Tai Ji Quan on health and physical performance continues to intense and grow there is a great need to know its current status and understand its historical impact. The journal very well provides an overview of how Tai Ji Quan has evolved in China as a form of traditional martial art, its functional utility, and its health benefits from the scientific evidence and how it has been a vehicle for culture enhancement thus very credible and reliable in giving all the information that is required for positive impacts of traditional martial art.

Ball, K., & Martin, J. (2012). Self-defense training and traditional martial arts: Influences on self-efficacy and fear related to sexual victimization. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 1(2), 135.

The source above is a journal article that is published by the PsycARTICLES. The main objective of this source was to scrutinize whether traditional martial arts (TMA) that is relative to the program of stress-management comparison have been effective in changing both the fear and multidimensional self-efficacy that relate to sexual victimization. The article says that the participants in the modern self-defense training (MSDT) group with a mean of (M= 3.9) have a significant and realistic test reductions of p < 0.02 in the fear that is life-threatening comparative to the group which has 4.4 mean but had a significantly high mean of M= 8.1 comparing to the other group which had M= 6.4 in self-efficacy and self – defense. That shows there has been no difference in other forms of fear like fear of loneliness or self-efficacy like interpersonal self-efficacy. The results provided from this source give some support for the value of MSDT interventions that help women in becoming less fearful of sexual harassment but be more confident about the issue. The article shows that as women get involved in the martial arts, they feel to have added much to their body that will give them more confidence to live even as they are alone in whichever environment. They do not fear to be victimized sexually by men. That shows the credibility of the article as it gives a smooth analysis of how martial arts practice helps improve the confidence of a person which is a positive impact in one’s emotions which is part of what I needed to know from the source.

Zhang, L., Layne, C., Lowder, T., & Liu, J. (2012). A review focused on the psychological effects of Tai Chi on different populations. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2012.

The source is a peer-reviewed article and was reviewed by Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine that talks much about the psychological or mental benefits that come along with a certain form of martial art called Tai Chi (TC). According to the article, TC is a very popular form of exercise that has been examined to know if it has some contributions towards a healthy and active lifestyle. From the increased numbers of researchers who are focusing on exploring the psychological benefits of TC but very few systemic reviews of the benefits a large number of population. The article is much of an evaluation of the reported cases of benefited individuals psychologically from the art of TC. According to the article, there have been several reports of psychological benefits from TC as a martial art in young adults, children, many patient populations, and healthy older adults although most of the reports have one or several methodological flaws. The flaws may include inadequate control groups, unsophisticated statistical techniques and may be inadequate study design. After the article has reviewed the results of the existing works that are about the potential TC benefits the authors recommend that any future investigations that are done concerning these benefits must be done with adherence of the traditional scientific process.

Vertonghen, J., & Theeboom, M. (2010). The social-psychological outcomes of martial arts practice among youth: A review. Journal of sports science & medicine, 9(4), 528.

There has been controversy surrounding Martial arts when it’s practiced among the youth.  The controversy is majorly created by the different perception that people have about martial arts and youths. These perceptions, on the other hand, are obtained from the entertainment industry and the media with these forms of technology showing a misleading form of martial arts. Additionally, there are contrasting images when it comes studies done on the practice of martial arts among the youths. While some individuals warn that when youths undergo martial arts practice, they will become aggressive and develop antisocial behaviors, others argue that youths who participate in martial arts will have enhanced social and personal opportunities. Vertonghen and Theeboom conduct research on the social-psychological effects of martial arts among the youths and finds out that there has been less research documented concerning this subject and the evidence that is available lacks enough clarity. They analyze the major findings of previous studies done on the impact of martial arts on the youths. Additionally, they also discuss the limitations that previous studies done on the impact of martial arts has whereby they inspect over 350 papers in two years. Majority of the papers they reviewed had a different perspective when it comes impact of martial arts. This source is a peer-reviewed journal that is produced under journal of Sports Science and medicine by NCBI. This article is very efficient when it comes to an understanding the various effects of martial arts among the youths. Additionally, this article gives a different perception when it comes to how the benefits martial arts are understood by the society and various scholars.

Origua Rios, S., Marks, J., Estevan, I., & Barnett, L. M. (2017). Health benefits of hard martial arts in adults: a systematic review. Journal of sports sciences, 1-9.

Organized sports have been known to various chronic diseases most common being heart-related diseases among others. Organized sports such as “hard” martial arts which use techniques of body contact has also been used to improve the general activity level with an adult human body. This has made martial arts and in particular “hard” martial arts to gain overwhelming popularity. Sports, in general, has been known to be good for the body regarding promoting good health among human beings and martial arts has not been left behind at all. This article by Origua Rios, Marks, Estevan and Barnett explores how hard martial arts promotes health benefits majorly concentrating on the adults. Their research examined the effects of hard martial arts on the metabolic, cardiovascular fitness, psychological, muscular skeletal status, and cognitive balance. Their study showed that there are positive benefits of martial arts (hard) when it comes to the health of an adult. Furthermore, they concluded that these benefits have no age limit as this practice can help reduce fractures, falls and cognitive decline. This article is not only peer-reviewed, but it is also presented very latest information concerning this topic. This article, therefore, presents credible information when looking the positive benefits of martial arts. The study conducted in this article is a good source of information that martial arts do indeed have various positive benefits.

Vlachos, E. (2015). The benefits of using traditional martial arts as an intervention programme for children with behavioral, emotional and social difficulties. Journal of pedagogic development, 5(2).

The source above is a journal from the journal of pedagogic development that is (JPD). The main objective of this journal is to assess the potential usage of the traditional martial program as a way of intervention for the children who are suffering from emotional, social and behavioral difficulties, which is a condition known as BESD. It also aims at examining the benefits that the intervention could deliver to the children. Bearing in mind that a child with a mental disability could be facing the difficulties engaging the child in activities like Karate would act like psychotherapy to the child. Martial art will try to make the child concentrate thus improving his concentration skills even in school. The journal discusses inclusive characteristics and the positive benefits that this art will deliver. It also gives a brief overview of this arts program that has been implemented in schools and the benefits that it has laid to the children. The journal is of benefit and very reliable since it gives a whole picture of not only the adults benefiting from the martial art but the children at most.

References

Ball, K., & Martin, J. (2012). Self-defense training and traditional martial arts: Influences on self-efficacy and fear related to sexual victimization. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, 1(2), 135.

Bu, B., Haijun, H., Yong, L., Chaohui, Z., Xiaoyuan, Y., & Singh, M. F. (November 01, 2010). Effects of martial arts on health status: A systematic review. Journal of Evidence-Based Medicine, 3, 4, 205-219.

Guo, Y., Qiu, P., & Liu, T. (2014). Tai Ji Quan: an overview of its history, health benefits, and cultural value. Journal of Sport and Health Science, 3(1), 3-8.

Origua Rios, S., Marks, J., Estevan, I., & Barnett, L. M. (2017). Health benefits of hard martial arts in adults: a systematic review. Journal of sports sciences, 1-9.

Vertonghen, J., & Theeboom, M. (2010). The social-psychological outcomes of martial arts practice among youth: A review. Journal of sports science & medicine, 9(4), 528.

Vlachos, E. (2015). The benefits of using traditional martial arts as an intervention programme for children with behavioral, emotional and social difficulties. Journal of pedagogic development, 5(2).

Zhang, L., Layne, C., Lowder, T., & Liu, J. (2012). A review focused on the psychological effectiveness of Tai Chi on different populations. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2012.

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