Many parents come to us stating that their children struggle with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). This is a disorder that makes concentrating and paying attention almost impossible in certain situations. We’ve noticed that many parents do not understand how valuable martial arts can be for a children struggling with ADD and other learning related disorders. Many children that struggle with this disorder mention that they feel bored all the time. They feel like they cannot keep their thoughts on one particular subject for a lengthy amount of time. The traditional classroom structure may be a huge part of the issue. Children are expected to sit from 8:00AM to 3:00PM with minimal physical activity. Most classes involve listening to a lecture and following a monotonous lesson plan that rarely changes. Children with ADD need special attention. To put it bluntly, they need to be more entertained than other children. They need more of their senses stimulated than just listening.
Martial Arts instills values in children such as focus, discipline, respect, coordination and more. It rarely involves sitting and listening to the instructor lecture for an extended period of time. Our classes focus on the physical and mental development of children. Many of our exercises involve the children playing games. They do not realize that they are learning in the process. It makes learning a fun experience because it’s something different than they are used it. Our belting system allows children to see their progress and gives them goals to look forward to and achieve. As long as your child comes to class regularly and shows improvement, he or she will progress through our belting system. Our program is proven to improve your child’s performance at school and at home.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC), approximately 11% of children 4-17 years of age (6.4 million) have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD as of 2014. The percentage of children with an ADHD diagnosis continues to increase, from 7.8% in 2003 to 9.5% in 2007 and to 11.0% in 2011. Many experts believe the rise is in this disorder is due to sudden increase in available technology such as smartphones, iPads, the Internet, video games, etc.
If your child is one of the many that struggle with this disorder, please reach out to us for help. We would be more than happy to sit down together and go over any goals that you may have.