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Martial Arts and Well-Being


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It can be argued that the new millennium is one of global crises in terms of health and well-being. How and in what way can notions of lifelong learning, in this case martial arts, contribute to health and well-being, and how, if at all, do they affect the everyday lifestyles and practices of those who practice. them. These are important questions given the health and wellness concerns dominating the 21st century.

Could exercise, and particularly the martial arts, provide a cost-effective source of support and relief for these concerns.



These approaches allowed us to expand the geographical reach of the research as well as the number of participants. Of those who indicated where they lived outside the UK, 21 different countries were covered in the survey. The range and type of martial arts practiced in the survey reflects the convenience and snowball nature of the sampling approach.

Tests for internal consistency were conducted on some of the scaled measurement data related to well-being.

Table 1.1   Age range of survey sample
Table 1.1 Age range of survey sample

Theories of learning behaviour and reality construction – their

An understanding of the factors that influence the level of self-efficacy is important to consider. As noted in Chapter 1, however, these aspects are not part of the focus of this book. In terms of health and well-being, there is a wealth of research looking at the benefits of different types of martial arts in areas such as confidence, posture, flexibility and stress, to name just a few.

It provides a comprehensive overview of all key areas related to this research relating to health, well-being and.

Teachers of martial arts

Reflecting the convenience sampling approach mentioned in Part 2 of Chapter 1, Karate (58%, N = 92) and Tai Chi (44%, N = 71) were the martial arts taught by the majority of teachers, although a wide range they also practiced martial arts. We asked martial arts teachers to tell us why they chose martial arts. In our martial arts training... they're not just about physical training, they're about training that kind of resilience... and that's really it, that resilience.

These were much more about the values ​​and way of life that some of the martial arts were seen to impart, both to the teachers and their students. Being part of a group and belonging to a particular martial arts community was also mentioned as important. Despite some of these educational challenges, the martial arts teachers were unequivocal about the value of teaching to them on a personal level.

Martial arts teachers also had clear ideas about what was important in a good martial arts teacher. Finally, martial arts teachers were asked to consider the factors that influenced their ability to teach. However, it makes intuitive sense to see them as synonymous and interdependent, at least in the case of the martial arts teachers.

This chapter deals with the remaining respondents in our study, that is, those who were not martial arts teachers (discussed in Chapter 2). Of the 515 respondents in the study, 340 were students of martial arts - in that they did not teach.

Table 3.2 highlights areas that are considered as having improved because  of martial arts
Table 3.2 highlights areas that are considered as having improved because of martial arts

Health and physical well-being and the teaching and learning

It takes into account their physical motivation to learn, the perceived health and physical well-being benefits associated with their practice as well as giving 'voice' to some of the older practitioners. Interviews were conducted with 26 of the participants in the study who had volunteered to be included. Some of the open comments on the study referred to the need to support conditions like asthma, as well as more general support for things like pre- and post-virus and annual colds.

We always did standing meditation during class and it was very helpful. The examples mentioned above are only indicative of some of the many examples included in the open-ended comments in the survey. 23 Perhaps somewhat obviously, statistical tests of variance (ANOVA) show a statistically significant association with some of the perceived benefits of martial arts and frequency of attendance.

In many ways, much of the confidence expressed can be argued to stem from a sense of 'taking control'. For one respondent, martial arts was 'an investment in old age.' It is probably also an investment in self, health and general well-being. However, in addition to health and physical well-being and mental well-being (discussed in Chapter 5), other factors were also noted by some of the participants. Respondents were presented with 13 items to choose from, including things like 'cost of classes', 'experience of the.

Going to class is important as well as individual practice because of the shared energy of the group. However, whether it was through increased awareness, support for specific conditions or with improvements in specific areas, for many of the respondents in this research, martial arts have had very positive benefits for their health.

Table 4.1 highlights more general areas where awareness of health-related  issues is identified:
Table 4.1 highlights more general areas where awareness of health-related issues is identified:


This is the main thing that actually helped me maintain my Mental Health, rather than things I was subjected to involuntarily. I think the physical part of it is just a fraction, I think the mental and emotional part is a lot more... I think people's personalities really come alive and are transformed by doing that, it's quite a powerful thing to do like built in character, so I think that's the biggest thing. It's not necessarily a physical aspect, but it's the mental aspect it has on people that is much more powerful.

I think, for me, and what is interesting about this Goju club ... it is the traditional element of the mixture of respect for the teacher, respect for oneself, of physical improvement, also mental improvement, and they really go together. The following excerpts from interviews are offered to illuminate some of these areas:. The point of it is with karate, people don't realize, it's not physical like, it, it's just as much, it's more, it can be more mental than physical and you have to remember things and go through thing, and it's a mind job... people, people think, oh, it's just a matter of doing some exercises and learning these techniques, and this or that, and that's it. And they do it from a very young age, but it is a bit difficult to get through to our young people.

It's just a pity that Western medicine seems to be based on cutting up dead bodies. There's a sense in the Dojo that we come together, we practice together, the calm comes in, so I think it's a double benefit. It's good for the brain because you use alternate parts of the brain and move in different directions.

The following excerpt beautifully highlights the challenge of trying to capture some of this nuance:. the calm sets in, so I think it's a double benefit. I can't lie in a hospital bed...I have to get well and get back there...I don't think it's the karate that made me recover, it was the thought of not being able to do it that pushed me to get off my ass and get better.

Table 5.1   Improvements in well-being since beginning  martial arts
Table 5.1 Improvements in well-being since beginning martial arts

Connecting communities and promoting health

As already emphasized in Chapter 1, health and well-being are of utmost importance in the 21st century. In this section, we briefly discuss these benefits, focusing first on health and then on wellness. However, improving awareness of factors related to health and physical well-being is another matter.

The more I exercise, the more likely my health and well-being will improve. In any book dealing with health and health awareness, it is important to consider wellness. In the previous discussion we emphasized the importance of developing a sense of control over one's health and physical well-being - real or imagined.

However, while Bandura's use and understanding of the concept of self-efficacy in relation to health and well-being is useful, it is largely focused on the individual. Martial arts can then be seen as serving two purposes in terms of health and well-being: (1) to promote the practices that support individuals' physical health and well-being through practices, rituals, and behaviors, and (2) to provide a sense of community and belonging through club membership, which is important for mental and social as well as psychological well-being. These ideas illuminate the socially constructed nature of individual beliefs about health and well-being.

He sought to explore the role of martial arts in shaping perceptions of health and well-being. How and in what way martial arts can be considered to contribute to health and well-being from the perspective of those who practice them.


Do martial arts affect lifestyle and daily practices and, if so, how, from the perspective of those who practice it. Exploring the ways in which involvement in martial arts can inform individual self-narratives, particularly—and in the context of this research—in relation to individual perceptions of one's health and well-being. To then address the question of how and in what way martial arts are considered to contribute to health and well-being from the perspective of those who practice them, the data in this research suggest that these practices do indeed contribute to feeling healthier. physically and mentally, at least from the perspective of the participants in this research.

Therefore, it is possible to understand how and in what way martial arts can be considered to contribute to health and well-being. As the data clearly shows, the benefits of practicing martial arts go beyond the physical and have comprehensive benefits for mental well-being as well. The group aspect of martial arts was a key aspect of the ways in which martial arts could contribute to health and well-being, particularly in the domain of mental well-being.

The data from this research suggests that martial arts are a great means of promoting health and wellness and supporting lifelong learning. As noted earlier, most studies on the benefits of martial arts tend to be small-scale and qualitative. 1 A clear finding regarding the impact of martial arts practice on health and well-being was the idea of ​​experiential learning, i.e. learning through experience.

For example, martial arts are often assumed to be unsuitable for the emotionally volatile child. Zen and Buddhism, (2019), Zen and Martial Arts, www.zen-buddhism.net/ martial- arts/zen-and-martial-arts.html (accessed January 2019).


Table 1.1   Age range of survey sample
Table 1.3   Additional countries included in the survey Europe
Table 1.4   Age range of interview participants Age range Number of participants
Table 3.2 highlights areas that are considered as having improved because  of martial arts

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