It seems Like I’ve heard something about kids with developmental or behavior issues can be a handful. Well that hasn’t been the case in the Karate Dojo that I train at. We’ve actually found that Martial Arts can be a form of natural and highly effective “medication” for these kids. And now there’s actual evidence to back that up.
ImpactADHD.com published an article by a 23 year karate practitioner, Bryan Hampton, who has suffered from ADHD his entire life and used Karate training to deal with it. He has also worked with kids dealing with a wide range of challenges including ADD/ADHD. He points out 4 key benefits that Karate has for these children:
1. Social development – Teaching the importance of leadership, teamwork, respect, accountability and honesty. Through in class drills and mat chats, instructors talk about key points of leadership development. Students learn how to communicate with one another in an effective manner. Giving requirements to kids with ADD/ADHD builds responsibility and independence. Holding them accountable for their actions is a huge step in their development.
2. Emotional development– Building self-
3. Intellectual Development-
4. Physical Development-
All of these areas of development are applicable to every aspect of life. For children with ADD/ADHD, learning how to implement these is particularly important, as it enables them to embrace the positive traits of ADD/ADHD and challenge the negative ones. We teach our students to be role models and to strive for greatness, to take challenges head on and believe in themselves no matter what differences they have.
If you want to give your child the opportunity to experience the benefits of Karate training and you live in the Louisville, Kentucky area, come by our dojo and let them try it out for 2 weeks for free. Or if you know that karate training is something you want to pursue for your child you can click the button below to sign them up.