Empowered Learners: How Martial Arts Foster Self-Regulated Learning
Keywords:Martial arts-based interventions, self-regulated learning, social-emotional learning, social and emotional competencies, academic outcomes, student well-being, physical and health education, empowered learners
Learning and academic success are often characterized by intellectual proficiency. However, they are increasingly being recognized as a multifaceted endeavour that requires a holistic approach, encompassing the social, emotional, and physical domains. The cultivation of “soft skills” such as self-regulation, critical thinking, and effective communication skills are essential for one’s success in the classroom and beyond. Such competencies, influenced by familial, community, and cultural environments, are increasingly being addressed in schools and educational settings through social-emotional learning (SEL) and self-regulated learning (SRL) methodologies. This paper explores the unique opportunity that martial arts-based interventions, characterized by their approach to psychoeducation, mindfulness, and interpersonal kinesthetic learning, provide in empowering learners. Based on existing literature, this paper illustrates the potential of martial arts-based interventions for fostering self-regulated, socially, and emotionally competent learners, enhancing their educational experiences and empowering them beyond the school environment.