How to Declutter Your Mind – The Unexpected Benefits of Martial Arts

The stress of today’s busy world can fill our minds with clutter and cloud our judgement. This stress often leaves us feeling tired and overwhelmed. Martial arts training teaches us how to focus our mind, improve our energy, and clear out the clutter. 

Along with the obvious physical benefits, there are many other benefits gained from martial arts training. Multiple studies show that physical exercise helps to relieve stress and improves brain function. Through exercise, the brain is stimulated into promoting the growth of new connections between cells in all areas of the brain. 

Evolve Daily ( offers us three health benefits from martial arts you probably woundn’t expect: 

1. It teaches you how to focus. 
“Meditation, proper breathing, stretching, and the like, are all variations of martial arts exercises. They teach you how to temporarily block out matters that preoccupy your mind, which may cloud your focus and prevent you from reaching your goals. Gaining better focus, of course, is beneficial to your personal life as well. You’ll become sharper, more attentive, and in turn, your daily life will improve. You’ll perform better at work or at school, and it will increase your productivity. Getting things done will become so much easier.” 

2. It helps you tap into your psyche. 
“A report on the psychotherapeutic aspects of martial arts suggests that practicing various disciplines can be a form of mental and psychological therapy. It improves symptoms of depression and anxiety, among other things. In the youth, martial arts can improve self-esteem, build leadership skills, and instills discipline. It also teaches practitioners how to deal with conflict in an efficient manner.” 

3. It helps you to deal with stress. 
“Last but certainly not least, martial arts training declutters your mind by helping you deal with stress. Stress is a major contributing factor to many physiological ailments such as rapid weight gain, metabolic syndrome, depression, anxiety and general unhappiness. By training in martial arts, practitioners deal with stress in a safe and effective way. With martial arts, we are given both a mental and physical outlet to relieve our stress, boost endorphin production, and feel better about ourselves overall. In turn, we greatly improve our quality of life.” 

The start of a new year is the perfect time to begin a new program of martial arts. This will not only improve your physical health, but your mental health as well. In martial arts, we teach that with a strong body comes a strong mind. As we train our bodies to run efficiently and expend energy in the correct manner, our mind functions better as well. 

If decluttering your mind and improving your focus is part of your New Year’s resolution, consider trying martial arts. Your body and mind will thank you! 

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Kyle Webber
Master Kyle Webber began martial arts training under Master Kyu Shim in 1999 after a bullying experience in middle school. He developed an affinity for the Olympic sport of Taekwondo and achieved his first-degree black belt within three years. By 2005, Kyle had progressed to owning Black Belt Academy of Prince Frederick and achieved the rank of Master Instructor (4th degree Black Belt) in 2010. Kyle graduated from Great Mills High School in 2004 and obtained a degree in General Studies from CSM. He now lives happily in Lusby with his wife and 5 children.