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Sean Allen calls himself a serial adrenalin junky and traveller who seeks to gain perspectives on life through experiencing life changing events.

It’s a great introduction to a man who has devoted his life to martial arts and who combines the wisdom of what is takes to perform to your highest level in martial arts with business coaching. We recently had a great conversation discussing how practising martial arts fits perfectly with brain fitness. The skill set required for martial arts includes focus, visual spatial skills (knowing where you are in space) physical and mental  flexibility.

In other words it is a magnificent form of cross-training
for the mind and body. And the benefits don’t stop just there. As in
other forms of brain training, when you put in the effort to become more
masterful with a new skill, whether it is be training in martial arts
or learning how to speak Spanish, your brain gains in other ways as

Many children start
martial arts as a form of exercise, to burn off some energy, to develop
a new skill, to make new friends and to have fun.

The spin off includes improved coordination, greater focus and concentration, a faster speed of interpreting events as they occur in front of you, greater skill in interpreting another person’s intentions (always a good life-skill), greater confidence and enhanced mental performance in the classroom and workplace.

Not bad for a sport that is fun to do and something which of course many adults continue to practice and improve in as well.

To listen to the podcast, the link is below – enjoy.


Dr Jenny Brockis

Dr Jenny Brockis is a medical practitioner and internationally board-certified lifestyle medicine physician, workplace health and wellbeing consultant, podcaster, keynote speaker and best-selling author. Her new book 'Thriving Mind: How to Cultivate a Good Life' (Wiley) is available online and at all good bookstores.

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