Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Through Karate for Sustainable Development in Education


Karate has a long and established history as an effective means of unarmed combat, incorporating techniques for self-defence. These centuries-old techniques have in recent years been analysed scientifically and refined for maximum efficiency. Significant progress has also been made in recent years in our understanding of neurobiological basis of mental disorders and cognitive behaviour. Core beliefs are individuals’ most central beliefs about themselves, their world, and others. These beliefs begin to form in childhood and become so deeply ingrained that individuals normally do not articulate them and are regarded as absolute truths. They influence the development of a person’s attitudes, rules and assumption. For many parents who have a child diagnosed with a mental health disorder like incompatible behaviour, competitive behaviour or low response behaviour, choosing an appropriate treatment can be a struggle. Cognitive behaviour is individual’s emotions and behaviours influenced by the child’s perception of a situation which compels them to react the way they do. It was crucial for researchers and practitioners to identify what sport activities are able to improve the development both in motor and cognitive domain. Karate revealed to be the only physical activity able to stimulate memory abilities and executive functioning during training sessions. With concern to cognitive abilities, it has been observed that children executing karate appear to improve sustained attention, reduce impulsivity, hyperactivity, loss of focus, forgetfulness and showing emotions without restraint and have better cognitive abilities like working memory, attention, executive functioning.

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Balaji Gade, Indo American Institutions Technical Campus, India
Venkateswar Pujari, Indo American Institutions Technical Campus, India

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Conference: IICEHawaii2017
Stream: Education for sustainable development

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