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Taekwondo is good for the brain. Scientific studies show that martial arts practice can improve cognitive function and neurotrophic factors associated with brain health. Specifically, hard martial arts (karate, Taekwondo, kung fu, and judo) stimulate the development of cognitive function in children and adolescents, and decelerate cognitive decline in middle-aged and older adults. 

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As a new season begins–be it the New Year, the First Day of Spring, or the start of a new school year–many people feel hopeful, dream big, and start making plans for the coming months. Parents also have plans and dreams for their children. Whatever the details of an individual’s resolutions and goals, most of us want to become healthier, happier, and stronger. The greatest gift we can give our children is the confidence, discipline, and fortitude to accomplish their own life goals. Committing to Martial Arts classes can be both the motivator and the vehicle for making start-of-the-season dreams a reality. Keep reading to learn the benefits of martial arts training for kids, teens, and adults.

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Martial artists often generate an impressive and intimidating shout when throwing a kick or strike. In Taekwondo, we call this sound a kihap (sometimes spelled kihup, kiai, or kyup). Yelling forces us to exhale, removing air from our diaphragms and bringing more power and speed to our attacks. It also forces a subsequent inhale, which brings oxygen into our bodies. In tournaments, the powerful yell helps judges to recognize when a strike is landed.  

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Published: May 11, 2020

Categories: Benefits of Taekwondo, Taekwondo, Training Tips

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