Here’s How Martial Arts Develops Critical Thinking

One of the most human personality traits we can develop, critical thinking, appears to be lacking in the society of today. Perhaps brought about by the convenience of technology, and the ease of modern-day processes, humans have experienced a decreased need for critical thinking.

We often think to ourselves, why do we need critical thinking, when everything comes so easy in this day and age? This line of thought is, of course, misguided, for it is critical thinking that allows us to perform at our best, regardless of the situation.

No matter what our profession, whether we work in the field, or at a desk in a typical office. Or perhaps we are students, choosing to spend our time learning academics in university. Critical thinking is an essential part of how we deal with obstacles in our daily lives.

With improved critical thinking, we gain the ability to deal with pressure, even in the most difficult situations, all while making us sharper and more resourceful. Today, Evolve Daily shares four ways martial arts enhances critical thinking.

1) Studying Various Techniques and Disciplines Teaches Resourcefulness

All martial arts have varied techniques to learn, skills which require years of practice. Whether you study the gentle art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the sweet science of boxing, or the Art of Eight Limbs in Muay Thai, there are a plethora of different moves you need to master throughout your martial arts journey.

Each technique and discipline that you study encourages you to make full use of your physical, mental, and spiritual senses. Perhaps you aren’t as flexible as you think. Martial arts enhances your flexibility. Maybe your power is lacking. Martial arts teaches you how to get the most out of your body and play to your strengths. No matter what the impediment, martial arts provides a solution.

These principles have a lot to do with the resourcefulness that martial arts bestows upon practitioners. Because your body is put in situations where you must learn to adapt, you become more resourceful in staying true to your strong points while compensating for areas of improvement.

The result is a more well-balanced and more resourceful individual and a better martial artist overall.


2) Learn How to Deal with Pressure

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Martial arts puts you in situations where you have to perform under pressure.

Often in our lives, we are faced with immense pressure. It can come at any moment. Perhaps in our workplace, where we are expected to perform to a certain standard while dealing with external factors. Or maybe even in the household, where we live by a certain expectation. The reality is, pressure is a part of life. Martial arts gives us the ability to handle pressure by giving us a cool, confident mind.

With martial arts, one of the positives that we gain in our lives is a supreme sense of confidence. Martial arts training is extremely trying. It will push us past our limits and raise our potential to levels we never thought possible within ourselves. With each obstacle we overcome, we enhance our self-esteem.

When we are confident, we are cool, calm and collected. When we are confident, we know what we are capable of. This equips us with the mindset that we need to be able to deal with pressure in the most efficient manner possible. This allows us to be better critical thinkers even in high-pressure situations.

True martial artists never shy away from pressure, they embrace it and welcome the challenge. They understand the obstacle and then power through it. In martial arts, every time pressure challenges us it is an opportunity to rise.


3) Understand the True Values of Traditional Martial Arts

Although martial arts is an incredibly intense physical undertaking, it develops us on a personal level as much as it does on a surface level. Martial arts represents many values that not only can we apply in the gym and on the streets, but also in life.

Martial arts teaches us to be persistent, holding within us an unwavering sense of perseverance and a never-give-up attitude that is essential for success in any endeavor. In addition, we also learn values like respect, honor, tradition, and integrity.

These values help us to become better critical thinkers. With the abilities we learned during our training, we protect these values and live by them, showing our peers and those around us the proper way to handle any situation. Because conflict can come from any angle, martial arts equips us with amazing values that we can use every single day in society.

When we are empowered with the skill and tradition of martial arts, we can keep our wits about us, even during the most difficult of times.


4) Martial Arts Makes You Sharper and More Focused

Another amazing benefit of training in martial arts is gaining a sharper and more focused mind. Imagine just how much more we can get done throughout the day if we can only learn to tune out the noise and the distractions. People tend to do many things to keep focused, such as make lists, reorder priorities — people have even been known to see specialists.

Martial arts doesn’t just allow us to reach our full physical potential, it also helps us improve every aspect of our daily lives. Because a large portion of martial arts helps us train our bodies and minds to become healthier, we are able to focus harder.

The great thing about martial arts training is that it is not only a rigorous physical activity but also an amazing way to enhance the mind and the body. Through the practice of martial arts, we enhance mental capacity, and in turn, improve our critical thinking.


So if you find yourself in situations where you often need to rely on critical thinking or situations where if you were a better critical thinker things may have turned out better, it’s time to do something about it. Try out martial arts and help boost your critical thinking while having fun and getting in amazing shape at the same time. Sign up for a trial class today!

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