As a society we have fortunately embraced the benefits of incorporating a fitness routine into our lives for general health and balance to our busy daily lives.
Karate brings a wholesome all-round fitness element that is applicable to persons of any age group, and that can be applied anywhere, any time.
It serves to enhance both aerobic and anaerobic training, which is proven to be the best approach to maintain overall health.
At LaGrange Unlimited we are consciously incorporating these aspects into the daily routine, from class warm-up sessions to the in-class repetitive exercise as well as the more strenuous kumite sessions that will challenge fitness at all levels, often without the karateka having to focus. Its a win-win.
Martial arts offers an opportunity to not only enhance your physical health but your mental health, too.
Stress relief. Martial arts can help reduce stress and anxiety by encouraging you to practice deep breathing, meditation, and mindfulness. It helps train your mind to keep your attention focused while remaining calm and alert. This can be especially helpful when you’re trying to do multiple tasks that divide your attention.
Life purpose. People who practice martial arts often feel a sense of calm, confidence, and renewed peace with who they are and their purpose in life.
Personal Development. Martial arts encourage you to dig deep, uncover where you’re stuck, and move through mental blocks. It helps you identify what you want to improve in your life and gives you the confidence to make positive changes.
ADHD and Anxiety
Although its a subject that’s not often discussed more and more studies reveal that people, especially children, living with ADHD and Anxiety find great benefit in MartialArts practice. Over the years we have seen improvements and even incredible turn-around in kids, some of whom are adults now, that can attest to the benefits of incorporating karate into their life routine.
As a matter of fact, a lot of these children actually excel at the sport, and become star students.
People with ADHD are very routine-oriented and tends to feel safe and comfortable in a structured environment. Structure comforts any child and adult, with ADHD. So, what does a good structure look like? Simply put, a good structured environment is one that is organized and predictable — and that’s precisely what a Karate dojo is.
Karate training provides consistent rules and expectations, that are easy to understand and that positively reinforced the students. In such a structured environment, people with ADHD know what to expect, so there is a great sense of comfort and security that comes from this.
The structure of Karate environment is also designed to help the student to quickly assimilate and learn all of the technical components (blocks, punches, kicks, body mechanics, self-defense techniques, etc.) of Karate.