Exercise is beneficial for all children. When it comes to those who are learning or developmentally delayed, it can be difficult to find an activity that engages them. Many families have found that martial arts are a fantastic option for those that are looking for something to connect with.
The Exercise Answer
If your child has a difficult time finding an exercise they enjoy, martial arts can spark their interest. It’s an exercise that is both low-key and low-pressure. Martial arts:
- Focuses directly on the individual
- Goes at the pace of the individual
- Works toward personal goals and accomplishments
The Nine Potential Benefits
It’s all about the individual
Martial arts do not have the added pressure of team competitions; you won’t be held accountable to anyone except yourself.
The goals are real and attainable
Some kids with learning and attention issues feel like they can’t win. When participating in martial arts, they’ll receive a different colored belt for each new skill level, which can boost self-esteem and keep them motivated.
There’s an emphasis on routine
Many kids prefer a routine. Martial arts has dozens of moves that are learned gradually in a predictable repetition and continual routine.
Focus and concentration are important
If a child has a difficult time with focus, martial arts can help. Instructors keep kids focused in order for them to learn and to perform.
They can help with coordination
The movements can help kids get a better feel for their bodies, and the space around them. Kids with motor skill issues can build strength, and kids with ADHD can learn to understand the power of the mind over the body.
Behavior expectations are laid out
Martial arts instructors have clear rules that are reinforced regularly, and good behavior is one of them. Kids understand what is expected of them both in, and out, of class.
It's a safe way to burn off energy
Contrary to popular belief, martial arts don’t encourage violent behavior. Having said that, kicking and karate chopping can give kids a way to work out frustration while also practicing self-control.
Everyone is accepted
One of the core values of martial arts is respect; for others and for yourself. Students will learn to respect their instructor and peers while supporting each other.
They look really cool
Kids with learning and attention issues can feel awkward, but lots of kids think martial arts are cool. Your kid will feel awesome when they learn to break boards in half while wearing their gear and colored belts!
Taking Steps Toward Success
Learning what you’re capable of can be life changing. At Tiger Rock Martial Arts, we’ll work with you to find the right program for your child, based on their own individual needs. A small step in the right direction can help your child make gigantic leaps toward improvement in so many ways. Contact us today to learn more.