I was interviewed because of my Research In Bullying Prevention and Martial Arts …
I have written about this before but it’s better to see it in Parade Magazine… the title is:
Why You and Your Kids Should Do Karate—It Fights Anxiety, Prevents Bullying and More…
You can read the entire article by clicking HERE. Some key points:
…From playground teasing and harassment to online rumor-spreading and abuse, more than 13 million youth will be bullied this year in the U.S., according to the nonprofit STOMP Out Bullying. The consequences are far-reaching; bullied kids more likely to experience depression, anxiety, loneliness, poor sleep, increased health complaints and compromised academic achievement…
…When an Arizona State University doctoral student surveyed parents of children attending 22 martial arts schools across the country, as well as the children themselves, advanced students (those with a black belt) reported being bullied 42 percent less than the average child. “Earning a black belt led to reductions in bullying beyond that seen in school-based bullying reduction programs,” explains Greg Moody, PhD, a seventh degree black belt, owner of KarateBuilt, LLC, in Phoenix, Arizona, and author of the research. Martial arts student were also less likely to bully others…
…“I’d begun experiencing panic attacks and had been using traditional counseling, art therapy and yoga trying to recover,” says Edwards, 41. The yoga had served her especially well, in terms of her anxiety, but she was ready to try something new—something that would bring her not just peace, but a sense of empowerment. She signed up on the spot….
A Frontiers in Psychology study of 45 older adults examined the mental health effect of 20 karate training sessions compared with basic physical exercise training or cognitive training (a program designed to enhance memory, logical reasoning and problem solving). Only the karate group demonstrated an improvement in emotional well-being.
It was great to be quoted in the article but also reminded about all the great things martial arts does!
Sr. Master Greg Moody, Ph.D.
Founded in 1995 by Dr. Greg Moody a 8th degree Black Belt and Sr. Master Instructor, KarateBuilt Martial Arts and Karate lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.
KarateBuilt Martial Arts Adult Karate training is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape) or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.
Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours or the day, 7 days a week at Karate@KarateBuilt.com or call directly at 866-311-1032 for one of our nationwide locations. You can also visit our website at KarateBuilt.com.
About Dr. Greg Moody: Greg is an eighth-degree black belt and senior master instructor. He has a Ph.D. in Special Education from Arizona State University (along with a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering – he actually is a rocket scientist). He has been teaching martial arts for over 25 years and has owned eight martial arts schools in Arizona and California. Sr. Master Moody is a motivational speaker and educator and teaches seminars in bullying, business, and martial arts training, around the world.
The KarateBuilt Martial Arts Headquarters is in Cave Creek, Arizona at 29850 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 105, Cave Creek AZ 85331. You can locate the Chief Instructor, Master Laura Sanborn there directly at (480) 575-8171. KarateBuilt Martial Arts serves Cave Creek, Carefree, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley Arizona as well and Grand Rapids, MI and Conway, AR.