Boxing is not just a sport about fighting. It’s not just a sport about dominating your opponent. Boxing is a sport about self improvement and also about enhancing cognitive function. As part of life coaching (the mental side of coaching) I believe it is important to work the mental and the physical together. I use boxing as a way to not just create fun but also to improve cognitive function reduce the effects of depression and enhance learning patterns. Check out what my client Adam had to say since we added boxing into his coaching program. “I found this link, which is on point with what I was explaining about playing an instrument and brain function: https://youtu.be/R0JKCYZ8hng
Some of the themes are what I was explaining, but ultimately it still concludes that playing an instrument is the only activity that neuroscientists have established will activate all areas of the brain.
Nonetheless, the point I was making with boxing (and I’m not imagining it) is that there is very little distinction for me in the mental task of learning a piece of music versus executing a boxing combination properly and in sequence.
The parts are all easily performed in isolation but tasking the brain to keep up with the motor skill when delivered in sequence and at speed is where it can fall apart. This leads to the same frustration when you fail and the same satisfaction when you get it right.
Sound is the obvious sensory piece that does not come into play with boxing, but I see this as less relevant to the observation. If you are getting the action and sequence right in music the sound will follow.
I briefly searched to see if anyone has analysed this more scientifically than me but nothing showed up. It must have been looked at in some level of detail.
Anyway, I am glad you appreciate the observation. There is little doubt in my mind that the boxing training we do is for the body and brain.
Food for thought!
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