For a few years now I've been promoting the benefits of Karate for health, both physical and mental, and working with charities, groups and individuals using Karate as a tool for improvement. Now I feel that it is time to focus on creating a club that can actively support students from disadvantaged backgrounds who might suffer with ill mental health. The Karate for Mental Health Programme will provide discounted classes to eligible students, helping them to access and therefore gain the benefits of Karate training. At the moment the programme is centred on Guildford (in the UK), with the main focus being on the Stoughton area. In association with Aspire and Guildford Borough Council we have managed to secure funds for the programme. In the future we intend to apply and gather funds via available grants, sponsorship and organising events that can raise money to support students. We also have branded Karate for Mental Health merchandise where all sales proceeds are invested into the programme.
Is there some specific thing in Karate that benefits mental health?
Here's my answer - in general, any movement is great. From my perspective the following aspects that we gain from Karate training are particularly beneficial for mental health:
These are the key points for me. I hope that this helps. Just remember not to take yourself too seriously, and don’t be afraid to blend things together.