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Doctor insights on: Will Signing Up My Child For Martial Arts Lessons Give Him More Discipline

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Will signing up my child for martial arts lessons give him more discipline?

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 more

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Discipline (Definition)

Discipline is a topic that includes recommendations on how to systematically train a person to have good moral behavior, follow important rules, know right from wrong, learn strong work habits, etc... Discipline should be seen ...Read more


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If I take up mixed martial arts, would I become disciplined enough to quit some bad habits like smoking and drinking?

If I take up mixed martial arts, would I become disciplined enough to quit some bad habits like smoking and drinking?

I would rephrase...: ...To read as follows: if your commitment to wellness is strong enough to stick with martial arts, it is probably strong enough to win over temptations to resume smoking and drinking. ...Read more

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Could cardio exercise (martial art, basketball) give you hemorrhoid?

Could cardio exercise (martial art, basketball) give you hemorrhoid?

No: Most common precipitating factor is straining at stool. Eat high fiber fruits and vegetables and drink at least 1 Liter water daily ...Read more

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What can be done to shed pounds fast for martial arts?

What can be done to shed pounds fast for martial arts?

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 more

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Will performing martial arts contribute or stunt my growth?

Will performing martial arts contribute or stunt my growth?

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

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How can you relief pain in these areas after martial arts training?

How can you relief pain in these areas after martial arts training?

Stretching: It is important to stretch prior to workouts, but moreso after your workout session. Take advantage of the muscles being warm to slowly elongate and relax them after the workout. ...Read more

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Is there an ultimate diet for a big man looking to study martial arts?

Is there an ultimate diet for a big man looking to study martial arts?

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

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What' the best martial arts for someone doesn't self-defend very well?

What' the best martial arts for someone doesn't self-defend very well?

Aikido: "aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical strength " (directly quoted from wikipedia). ...Read more

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What fitness and exercise needed for martial arts?

What fitness and exercise needed for martial arts?

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

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Why are there floaters in my eye? Could they be from years of martial arts?

Why are there floaters in my eye? Could they be from years of martial arts?

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 more

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Iq drop from martial arts/fighting, possible?

Iq drop from martial arts/fighting, possible?

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 more

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How can I prevent long term injuries in martial arts?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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What workouts should I do to build muscles without ruining the flexibility that I gained through martial arts?

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 more

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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?

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

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Is it ok to do martial arts after a kidney transplant?

Is it ok to do martial arts after a kidney transplant?

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

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Should I consider martial arts if I want to gain more muscle mass?

Should I consider martial arts if I want to gain more muscle mass?

Not necessarily: Any sport to do with continuous hard exercise to the muscles (weight lifting) and the right food and supplement could provide the tool to gain muscle mass. ...Read more

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Could I have a brain disorder or something from multiple head injuries in martial arts?

Could I have a brain disorder or something from multiple head injuries in martial arts?

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 more

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