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Children who have a positive outlet for their energy, learn self-control, and participate in esteem-building activities have proven to be calmer, less prone to violent outbursts, and more easily able to peacefully resolve conflicts. They are also taught to understand the responsibility that comes with acquired skill and power.
Students with ADD/ADHD are usually very active mentally as well as physically. Our martial arts classes are fast paced, fun, and filled with ever changing activities. This type of environment usually allows kids with ADD/ADHD to excel. They not only like the activity, they enjoy the positive encouragement and rewards they receive from our instructors. We have an incentive-driven martial arts program for kids, and our students enjoy the step by step method of learning and growing.Studies show that a complex physical activity, like martial arts, strengthens neural networks in the brain, and enables ADD/ADHD kids to practice self-control. Movement helps them develop coordination while building strength. Martial arts are all about control. You learn to control your body. The movements are smooth. There is a element of meditation (internal self control) in Taekwondo. When the student is shown step by step how to do something, there's little opportunity for distraction. A lasting benefit of martial arts comes from its use of rituals such as bowing to the instructor. Rituals are good for ADD/ADHD students because they make the behavior automatic. Martial arts rituals can help students with ADD/ADHD to accept, develop and use rituals in other areas of their lives. It is a win-win situation.
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