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Karate, School and the HSC
For many students the final years of school can cause stress and anxiety. Students studying for exams tend to give up their current sports and not start new activities, instead substituting extra curricular activities with late night studying. It is important to focus on studying smarter and staying involved in sports and social activities in order to maintain mental health and balance.
Many of our students say that before or during year 12 is a great time to start or continue your martial arts journey. Martial arts improves brain function, provides an opportunity to productively escape studying and is a fantastic strategy for stress relief and improving overall wellbeing.
“Out of all the benefits that karate has brought to my life, it played a paramount role in my HSC year. Going to karate twice a week helped me regain my energy during those demanding periods, and overall allowed me to live a more balanced life. Doing exercise, learning different skills and being part of the BBMA community allowed me to concentrate on a different aspect of my life that didn’t involve calculations, statistics or those dreaded essays”
“Kickboxing and karate was the most beneficial activity to participate in during the HSC. It provided me with strategies to manage stress . It also ensured that I spent at least two hours per week being present and mindful of what I was doing instead of worrying about the next exam or assignment. While many of my peers quit their sports and activities to focus on the HSC, I wouldn’t have achieved the results I got and maintained my mental health throughout the HSC without martial arts.”