It’s that time again! School shopping. Back-to-school night. Sign-ups for the PTA. As you’re helping your children prepare for the 2019-2020 school year, we’d like you to consider something you might not be familiar with. Today’s conversation is about empowering children to excel in school through martial arts training.
At MP USA, we can link ANYTHING to martial arts, including the zombie apocalypse! Because we’re so passionate about the value of Merpati Putih, the Indonesian martial art we practice, it’s easy for us to explain how the skills we teach in our Ogden, Utah studio can cross-apply to the classroom. We eat, sleep, and breathe MP, and we love the way it enhances our lives. Here are three ways martial arts training can help students succeed:
Brain development and building mental muscle:
- In early childhood, our brains are primed for learning. As we have new experiences and develop new skills, we build neural pathways that shape the course of our lives. Martial arts training can enhance this brain development in several important ways. For example, research consistently demonstrates that martial arts help students develop greater assertiveness, emotional stability, and autonomy. It also helps them build mental muscle, which results in improved emotional well-being, reduced aggression, improved stress management, and memory improvement.
Better grades in school:
- We can talk a lot about the link between martial arts practice and academic success, but you don’t have to take our word for it. Rev Marketing provides a great explanation of how martial arts training correlates with better grades in school. “…Students typically become confident, capable, and self-reliant leaders as their training progresses,” the article says. “They develop helpful values and skills over time through continual practice. By showing respect to their teachers and classmates, learning to listen and respond properly, and being ‘open’ to learning new things, their improved attitudes and actions make them better students – with higher grades – and more capable leaders.”
Improved intrapersonal skills:
- A big part of school success involves social success, and martial arts training creates a fabulous test lab! We’ve talked a lot in the past about building children’s intrapersonal skills through martial arts training because children who develop mastery in a martial art such as MP develop self-mastery. At MP USA, we approach our classes with a whole child/whole-person approach that involves body, mind, and spirit, and participants of any age learn lessons about physical and emotional fitness, commitment, overcoming challenges, and working together.
If this discussion of empowering children to excel in school through martial arts training has piqued your interest, you’re in the right place! Joining MP USA’s Family Martial Arts Program is a great way to support your students’ success in the classroom, and it also provides a great way to connect. Working out together as a family has so many benefits, and we’d love to share them with you! As you’re getting your students registered for a new school year, you can also get them registered with MP USA by calling 1-866-666-7872 now.