Martial Arts and Brain Health

SDSS Benefits of Martial Arts, National

brain health 2Martial arts can improve brain health, and can help your child perform better in school. Every parent wants their child to be physically healthy and see them excel academically. As it turns out, the two are connected. In a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, researchers found that as a child’s physical fitness improves, brain health also improves.

healthy-brainResearchers studied two thousand children between the ages of 6 and 18. They compared physical fitness, motor skills and muscle strength to students’ grades in math and language classes, as well as their overall GPAs. Students who were more physically fit performed higher academically. The results of this study show that exercise, such as martial arts, positively impacts child, and adolescent academic performance.

Martial arts includes both aerobic exercise and motor tasks making it an effective form of exercise to improve academic performance. The exercise provided by martial arts classes can increase lung and heart function. This creates better blood flow to the brain which helps cognitive functions. Also, exercise contributes to building new nerve cells and improves neurological connections aiding in memory recall.

brain health 1Our unique semi-private instruction designed by Grandmaster DeMasco ensures that your child is getting the most out of their martial arts training. Our certified instructors develop a program exclusively for your child that provides an increase in physical fitness. A healthy body and mind can give your child the focus she or he needs to perform better in school.

Contact your local SDSS for a trial lesson.