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Benefit # 3 : "Whole Brain Stimulation"

10 BENEFITS OF CHOI KWANG DO - Benefit # 3 : "Whole Brain Stimulation"

by CHOI KWANG DO Martial Arts International - Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

By Jason Wright It would be easy to assume that as a martial art, CKD is just about learning to kick and punch. While students do learn to kick and punch, the way in which use your body to kick and punch can have an effect on your brain. It's commonly known that the brain has two halves. The two halves of the brain are connected by a complex network of nerve fibres called the corpus callosum. The brain is further wired' in a manner whereby the right side of the brain controls and processes the left side of the body, while the left side of the brain controls and processes the right side of the body. Each side of the brain processes information in different ways. Generally speaking, the left side of the brain (often termed the logic hemisphere) deals with details: words, numbers, sequences, analysis and linearity. The right side of the brain (sometimes called the gestalt hemisphere, meaning whole or global processing) deals with images, emotion, intuition and creativity. Each time we learn something new, connections are made between neurons (nerve cells) in the brain. The more connections, the greater the brain capacity. When learning in a way that activates both sides of the brain, further connections can also be made across the corpus callosum. A great example of this is walking; the majority of people move their right arm whilst stepping forward with the left leg and vice versa. This type of physical motion is contra-lateral. A baby crawling follows the same contra-lateral movement (although on the hands and knees). In CKD, the individual techniques are contra-lateral and both sides of the body and brain are activated during their execution. Plus, many of the training drills (eg. CKD Patterns and Speed Drills) extend this further by working both sides of the body involving the eyes, hands and feet in a co-ordinated series of movements. As well as improving motor skills, these types of movements activate both sides of the brain in a balanced way. When both sides of the brain are activated through physical movement, the corpus callosum which connects the two halves is also stimulated promoting further growth of connections between both halves. This can lead to an increase in cognitive function by facilitating faster processing between both sides and the rest of the brain. Image that...increasing your mental capacity just by kicking and punching! Choi Kwang Do more than a Martial Arts!

by CHOI KWANG DO Martial Arts International - Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on Monday, July 19, 2010 at 2:02pm

By Jason Wright It would be easy to assume that as a martial art, CKD is just about learning to kick and punch. While students do learn to kick and punch, the way in which use your body to kick and punch can have an effect on your brain. It's commonly known that the brain has two halves. The two halves of the brain are connected by a complex network of nerve fibres called the corpus callosum. The brain is further wired' in a manner whereby the right side of the brain controls and processes the left side of the body, while the left side of the brain controls and processes the right side of the body. Each side of the brain processes information in different ways. Generally speaking, the left side of the brain (often termed the logic hemisphere) deals with details: words, numbers, sequences, analysis and linearity. The right side of the brain (sometimes called the gestalt hemisphere, meaning whole or global processing) deals with images, emotion, intuition and creativity. Each time we learn something new, connections are made between neurons (nerve cells) in the brain. The more connections, the greater the brain capacity. When learning in a way that activates both sides of the brain, further connections can also be made across the corpus callosum. A great example of this is walking; the majority of people move their right arm whilst stepping forward with the left leg and vice versa. This type of physical motion is contra-lateral. A baby crawling follows the same contra-lateral movement (although on the hands and knees). In CKD, the individual techniques are contra-lateral and both sides of the body and brain are activated during their execution. Plus, many of the training drills (eg. CKD Patterns and Speed Drills) extend this further by working both sides of the body involving the eyes, hands and feet in a co-ordinated series of movements. As well as improving motor skills, these types of movements activate both sides of the brain in a balanced way. When both sides of the brain are activated through physical movement, the corpus callosum which connects the two halves is also stimulated promoting further growth of connections between both halves. This can lead to an increase in cognitive function by facilitating faster processing between both sides and the rest of the brain. Image that...increasing your mental capacity just by kicking and punching! Choi Kwang Do more than a Martial Arts!




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