- Improvement in social skills based on standardized tests and parents’ perception.
- Kids come out of their shells, appear more assertive and cooperative.
- Fewer negative behaviors such as fighting. They feel more positive about themselves.
- Better balance. The average time for a one-leg stand go from 9 to 19 seconds.
- Have better eye contact, and improve on their play skills.
AN AWESOME ALTERNATIVE TO DRUGS:
MARTIAL ARTS PRACTICE AS TREATMENT FOR AD/HD CHILDREN
Martial arts differs from other forms of physical activities because "there is a systematic influence of meditation, rhythmic breathing, and relaxation amounting to self-hypnosis; adherence to etiquette; constant group reinforcement; mutual help and criticism; and a sense of group cohesion with shared goals and ideology." Individuals with ADHD may also have wandering, chaotic thoughts and the repetitive exercises found in martial arts can help in organizing those thoughts.
According to the study, the children with ADHD:
- Increased the percentage of times homework was handed in
- Increased academic performance
- Increased the times they were prepared for class
- Decreased the number of classroom rules that were broken
- Decreased the number of times they inappropriately left their seat
There are many different forms of martial arts, for example, Tae Kwon Do and Karate teach mental discipline through structure and consistency. And children with ADHD thrive in structured and consistent environments. In an article in Balanced Living Magazine, Dr. John Ratey states that he believes martial arts can help children with ADHD more so than other exercise programs and hypothesizes that there is a change in brain activity when a person with ADHD studies martial arts.
Some parents may be concerned that teaching martial arts is advocating violence, but the opposite is actually true. Children learning martial arts are taught that violence is a last resort. Self-defense is taught and practiced but it is explained that non-violent, non-physical ways should be used first, physical attacks should only be used when absolutely necessary and only for self-defense.
New Heights Taekwondo is independently owned and operated school in the Wilmington, NC Area. New Heights Taekwondo provides training in many martial arts disciplines including: martial arts such as kung fu, taekwondo, and karate. New Heights Taekwondo Karate Programs teaches all ages including per-school age children, kids, teens, adults and seniors citizens. New Heights Taekwondo is conveniently located at 6702 Netherlands Dr. suite B, Wilmington, NC. To find out more Call 910-399-4973