Doctor insights on:
Will Signing Up My Child For Martial Arts Lessons Give Him More Discipline
Absolutely!: I'm glad you posted this question...Having studied martial arts myself and having enrolled my son in the study as well. 'studying' imparts not only self-discipline but confidence and self esteem as well; and can be great in potentially dealing with "bullies". The only warning would be the demeanor of the sensei (or teacher); your child needs to 'fit' with him/her so meet with first and decide. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If I take up mixed martial arts, would I become disciplined enough to quit some bad habits like smoking and drinking?
Not fast: Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol, sweetened juices, soda & caffeinated beverages. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Do both cardio & weight training. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Neither: Practicing martial arts should not make one shorter or taller. The most significant factor is genetic: the height of one's parents and ancestors. The second is eating a nutritious diet with adequate calories for your age and activity level. If there are still concerns about stature, one should consult with a pediatrician or pediatric endocrinologist. ...Read more
Low fat, low sugar: The best diet for martial arts or any sport that requires speed and agility, is one that is going to help you to lose wt, without losing energy. If you want to reduce wt, I usually advise a low fat/ low sugar diet, with lots of vegetables, whole grains, and avoid refined sugar. The important thing is to be patient and stick with the exercise and diet! Congratulations are your endeavor to train! ...Read more
Good question!: Difficult to answer! There are dozens of martial arts in the world. Some, like Wushu require a gymnast's flexibility and grace, others like Tai Chi can be practiced at any age without the need to jump or kick. All styles can benefit your cardio and balance. It's good to check with your doctor before doing any strenuous exercise if you haven't been very active for a while. ...Read more
Floaters: Possibly, it sounds as if you have had a posterior vitreous detachment. This is a situation where the vitreous (jelly) of the eye detaches (not a retinal detachment), it then "crumples" up leaving dots, spots, strands of blurry vitreous; i.e. The "floater". You should have an exam to ensure the incident did not tear the retina, which could lead to a retinal detachment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes. Which Style?: Yes. Obviously, any martial art or fighting that involves contact with the head can lead to concussion, traumatic brain injury, etc. There may be some styles which may be safer, such as Tai Chi & Aikido. These arts rarely have percussive impact. It all depends upon how you train. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Conditioning: Make sure that you stretch and warm-up properly to maintain good flexibility. Make sure that you learn and maintain good technique because you want to maintain efficiency in your motion. Understand that martial arts when practiced is more than a sport or form of exercise but a way of life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi docs, can you tell me if some martial arts are better than others in terms of staying in shape?
I sometimes think it is creepy when adult men teach martial arts to little kids. Am I overreacting to the news of 'wrestling' with kids?
Who will teach them?: I can understand your concern but who else is going to teach them? Other kids? For the most part, martial arts teaches kids discipline, respect, and increases confidence in addition to improving their balance, cardiovascular health, and flexibility - all very positive things. Some schools allow parents to participate in class with their kids, and maybe you would feel more comfortable with that. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What workouts should I do to build muscles without ruining the flexibility that I gained through martial arts?
Slow technique: Slow technique practice with punches and kicks can improve technique, build muscle, maintain/improve flexibility and improve balance (especially with kicks). Don't compromise the power, just control the speed. Do it as an interval between normal speed/power training. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What makes my knees sound like they're grinding but they don't hurt? I practice martial arts. So should I go have my knees checked?
No pain, no problem: Crackling/popping/grinding sounds from your joints including the neck/back/hands/knees and ankles has not been shown to have any ill effect as long as in doing so it is not causing you any pain. If you have significant pain/stiffness that is adversely affecting your life/work/sleep etc...Consult your doc for an evaluation. Otherwise, keep up your physical activities. Good luck. ...Read more
Depends: Given the new kidney is placed superficially, we recommend against contact sports. If you do martial arts for fitness without contact, it will be ok. ...Read more
A bit: The classic is boxers who generally end up with severe cognitive impairment and early dementia. Football players also are very susceptible. If you have a choice, become a baseball player or a golfer. Martial arts in many ways teaches you to protect your head but some damage is possible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer