With the help of Expert Institute, we’ve been connected to leading clinical neuropsychologist Kimberley Lakes. Based out of California, she conducted the first-ever scientific study linking martial arts training with self-regulation. Lakes holds the position of professor of clinical psychiatry, in the Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, School of Medicine at UC Riverside and has a Ph.D. Psychology
In 2004, Lakes and William Hoyt published “Promoting self-regulation through school-based martial arts training” in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. The study followed 193 students from kindergarten through fifth grade who participated in school-based Tae Kwon Do.
As our core values are self-control, resilience, and respect, we were immediately interested in Lakes’ work.
The results of the study showed that these students made greater gains in improved self-regulatory skills (cognitive self-regulation, affective self-regulation, prosocial behavior, classroom conduct, and performance on a mental math test) when compared to students in standard physical education classes after three months. Their findings show what we know is true: that martial arts can make a positive change in children. Her study supports our mission of making a difference in the lives of youth through material arts. This inspires us to work even harder to reach more students who could benefit from a mentorship.
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