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Can karate help with stress?
Stress is a major cause of health problems in today’s society. People are so busy all the time, under constant pressure from work and home life responsibilities. Many turn to food or alcohol or other things that aren’t so good for them to get some stress relief. Others find things like yoga or meditation, but these aren’t for everyone.
Karate can be a great way to reduce stress and here’s why.

  1. Physical exertion, great for blood flow
  2. Deep breathing – karate training forces you to breathe more deeply which has a calming effect and releases serotonin.
  3. Requires Focus – This gets you out of your head, you don’t have time to stay focussed on things that are stressing you out.

Next time you’re feeling stressed out get to your local dojo FAST! It could save your life.

Will karate make my child aggressive?
Over the years I have had many parents ask me whether karate is going to make their child aggressive. Some tend to think that if their child is learning how to fight then they will want to fight all the time. It is true that karate teaches the principles and applications of self-defence however it depends on the instructor as to whether the students display aggressive behaviour.

Usually when kids begin karate, they are enthusiastic and want to use their new skills which is quite normal. My solution to this is to explain to them before and after their first few classes where and when their new skills can and cannot be used. Also explaining the consequences of using them in the wrong environment.

Over time the formatted and disciplined karate class environment gives the kids their outlet for aggression but in a controlled way. They learn to use their skills in the dojo and not at school or home or any other inappropriate place. In the long term they learn to become calm, and they lose the need to want to be aggressive.