JLBC Martial Arts and Disability
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In light of the present findings, martial arts practice may be understood partly as motivation toward competence, adequacy, and self-efficacy, thus supporting views of the martial arts as an exercise in self-help.
Personality and motivational factors may also influence the selection of martial art as a sport and fitness endeavor. Expressed reasons for initiating martial arts training include self-defense, health and exercise, and discipline. Training in martial arts has been shown to alter experiences of control and vulnerability, self-esteem, self-concept, fitness, confidence, and relaxation. As a result, some researchers characterize martial arts practice as self-help.
As the Baby Boomers grow older, holistic interventions that prevent falls, and their debilitating injuries are in great demand. With increased age, older adults typically experience decreased muscle mass and strength. Tai Chi is one form of martial art that may be of particular interest to older persons. It is not an active type of exercise. It can be an excellent choice for an individual who lacks physical conditioning, or the self-confidence required by more traditional exercise programs. Tai Chi exercise may benefit older individuals because the practice incorporates elements.