The martial artist takes their talents with them everywhere they go. This includes the classroom. Indeed the skills that are learned in martial arts scale well to academic learning. Here are several ways that the martial artist finds themselves well-equipped for scholastic achievement.
The Martial Artist is better at Focusing
So much of martial arts relies on the student’s ability to shut out distractions and focus on a single person or object. This could mean a sparring partner but it could also mean a school textbook, a teacher, a lesson plan. Even a test.
Martial arts have even been seen as a way to help young children suffering from ADHD. Though research is limited to this point it does appear that the combination of exertion and mental discipline experienced in these physical art forms is improving the focus of children who struggle in this department the most.
They are Prepared for Stress
Stress can be a real grade killer especially when it comes time to take an important test. Martial artists learn special breathing techniques that are designed to calm them and clear the mind even in the face of difficult or stressful situations.
Martial Artists are Prepared to Work Hard
Successful martial artists are nothing if not hard workers. They are in the habit of never settling for less than their best—a virtue that is just as useful in the classroom as it is in the gym.
Finally martial arts also just gives young children a sense of confidence that can seep into all aspects of their life. As the student pushes themselves to new limits they get a sense of what they can accomplish through hard work. They are then able to approach other situations with similar confidence understanding that if they work hard in school they can achieve their goals