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Parents may worry when their children ask to go to martial arts lessons - but the sport can actually make them less aggressive, according to experts.
In the 1984 cult classic film The Karate Kid, Mr Miyagi taught bullied schoolboy Daniel LaRusso that karate was not for fighting, but a useful tool to avoid it.
Researchers - Idea - Review - Literature - Subject
Indeed, researchers have backed up this idea - a review of medical literature on the subject found martial arts reduced the rate of physical and verbal aggression, theft and vandalism in participants.
Therefore, the psychologists have called for funding for juvenile delinquents to receive free classes to help rehabilitate them.
Conclusion - Papers - Subject - Variety - Art
They came to their conclusion after examining 12 papers on the subject, which had looked at a variety of martial art styles, including aikido, karate, taekwondo, and judo.
Of the twelve studies reviewed, eleven showed a positive impact.
Better - Control
Better emotional control
Bruce Lee’s mantra that ‘emotion can be the enemy,’ was also supported by the study.
Researchers - Teaching - Arts - Participants - Sense
Researchers found that through teaching and practicing martial arts, participants were able to gain a sense of control over both the situations and themselves.
This resulted in fewer negative emotional responses and violent behaviours.
Results - Journal - Aggression - Violent - Behaviour
The results, published in the journal Aggression and Violent Behaviour, were consistent...
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