An effective approach to violence prevention: traditional martial arts in middle school

Author: Ziven, G//Hassan, N//DePaula, G.F//Monti DA////
Conference/Journal: Adolescence
Date published: 2001 Fall
Other: Volume ID: 36 , Issue ID: 143 , Word Count: 89

Zivin (2002) concluded that the introduction of martial arts courses to high risk boys in a middle school working class neighborhood where many residents receive welfare indicated an increase in self-respect and respect for others. According to their study, practicing martial arts three times a week in the classroom, helped to retrain the boy?s nervous system away from impulsive reactions. The boys reported using breathing techniques for stress control in daily life. Teacher rated behaviors showed a decrease in inappropriate social behavior, impulsivity, and resistance to rules.