MARTIAL ARTS AND CHILDREN’S BEHAVIOR
Activities like Martial Arts are a fun way for both boys and girls to achieve fitness and focus. Some parents may think they also promote violence, but that’s a myth, according to experts. The martial arts actually help teach a variety of skills like self-discipline, socialization, self-respect, self-control, self-defense, self esteem, focus, confidence, and courtesy.. In fact, many parents whose children have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) report great success with these programs because self-control and concentration are exactly the skills underdeveloped in ADHD kids.
A typical class is about an hour long. It begins and ends with a bow to the teacher, or master. After a warm-up, students practice the martial art’s skills, which may include kicks, punches and blocks. Each requires concentration and strict attention when practicing.
Progress is marked by the belt system, which takes you from beginner white belt through a variety of colors until you reach black. You test for each new level, generally every three months, is a good help for setting and achieving goals.
Experts say that it’s the respect kids learn, whether from bowing or standing still and waiting for the next command, that can be the most important benefit.
These benefits often carry over into school, helping to improve behavior and even grades, according to recent research.