We frequently have doctors refer parents to IMC Wetherill Park as a means of development for their child that may be dealing with learning and attention issues. Here are five reasons that Martial Arts makes a great match for them:
- Martial Arts focuses on individual growth, not on team competition. Many kids with learning and attention issues struggle with the pressure of having to compete with other kids. So traditional sports may not appeal to them. But at IMC Wetherill Park, the focus is on self-improvement. There’s no “letting down the team”.
- There is an emphasis on self-control and concentration. Attention is central to Martial Arts. Kids must stay focused to have the ability to learn and perform. As they are constantly engaged through high-energy, short activities for the duration of the class, they are less tempted to give in to distractions, which is reflected at home and school.
- Martial Arts offers tangible and most importantly realistic goals. Some kids with learning and attention issues may feel like they never “win” at anything. In martial arts, kids are able to work at their own pace. They’re awarded a different certificates, patches and different coloured belt every time they reach a new skill level. This can and will boost self-esteem which will keep them motivated.
- Routines are broken down into manageable chunks. A technique or form in Martial Arts can have dozens of different movements. But kids learn gradually, repeating and adding steps as they go. They learn to anticipate which step comes next and eventually put everything together into fluid movements. All of this provides children’s (and adults) active memory with a serious workout, but in a way that kids may find manageable.
- Repetition and coordination. The deliberate, repetitive movements of martial arts can help kids develop a better feel for their body in the space around them, which can be useful to kids who struggle with motor skills. This may also help some kids understand the power of the mind over the body, which is valuable for kids with ADHD.
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