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The Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids Who Learn and Think Differently

The Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids Who Learn and Think Differently

Every kid needs exercise and time to play, but kids who learn and think differently can have a hard time finding sports that fits them well.  Unlike most sports, Martial Arts is focused around an individual’s personal growth, rather than comparison to others.

This makes Martial Arts a great outlet for children in general, and is particularly helpful for children with challenges.  Where team sports mainly focus on physical development and competition, Martial Arts focus on the individual as a whole.

Martial Arts focuses on three fundamental areas of growth.

Physical Development – Doing martial arts moves can help kids get a better feel for their body; training the body to have better flexibility, strength, coordination, balance, speed and agility.  This is great for kids who struggle with motor skills. Physical activity is one of the best releases for children with ADD/ADHD, helping to stimulate the brain for better focus and performance (according to Science Daily)

Social Development – Martial Arts teaches children the importance of leadership, respect, teamwork, accountability and honesty. Instructors teach children how to communicate with each other in an effective manner. Holding kids accountable builds independence and responsibility, which is a huge step in development and life skills. Negativity is not tolerated in class and students are encouraged to support each other.

Emotional Development – Teaching children self-confidence, mental control, perseverance and control are core values in martial arts. Since kids with ADD/ADHD struggle with focusing and staying on task, both the muscles of the mind and body are getting stimulated while practicing.  Students are encouraged to continue to reach for their goals and never giving up on themselves. Kicks and punches also allow children to work out any frustration or anger while practicing self-control.

Children of all kinds benefit from learning Martial Arts. Encouraging children the opportunity to build positive self-esteem and find a community.

If you’d like to schedule a free trial class, visit us online at UnitedStatesTKD.com, shoot us an email, or call us at 737-999-4004.

UnitedStatesTKD.com and United States Taekwondo is accredited through Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters) in Seoul, Korea.

Founded in 2017 by Master James Lockett, a 5th degree Black Belt and Master Instructor, United States Taekwondo offers Karate lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up that are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

United States Taekwondo Adult Karate training is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape) or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at UnitedStatesTKD@gmail.com, or you can call directly at 737-999-4004. You can also visit our website at UnitedStatesTKD.com.

About Master James Lockett:  James is a fifth-degree black belt and certified master instructor.  He has a Master’s Degree in Education from Framingham State University. He has been teaching martial arts for over 25 years. Master Lockett is a passionate educator who has taught all over the United States and Korea.

United States Taekwondo offers the best in martial arts training in both north Austin (Wells Branch) and south Austin (Buda). United States Taekwondo serves Buda, Kyle, Austin, and Pflugerville.

 

James Lockett and student

How Can I Support My Child?

HOW CAN I SUPPORT MY CHILD?

As a parent, you no doubt want to help your child succeed in anything they do. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

1. Encourage your child! Try to praise their effort more than their ability.

2. Provide your child with a safe place to practice at home. As with any other skill, repetition is needed to master skills. You can help to keep your child accountable for this practice, but remember—practice doesn’t make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect!

3. Take class with your child! You have the rare opportunity to participate in an activity along side your child. Not only will you reap the benefits of training for yourself, but you’ll be creating life-long memories as you accomplish goals together.

If you’re a current student at our school, keep up the great work, and if you haven’t joined our team yet, visit us online at BudaKarate.com, shoot us an email, or call us at 737-999-4004.

BudaKarate.com and United States Taekwondo is the only Taekwondo school in Buda recognized by Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters in Korea)!

Founded in 2017 by Master James Lockett, a 5th degree Black Belt and Master Instructor, United States Taekwondo offers Karate lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up that are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

United States Taekwondo Adult Karate training is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape) or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at UnitedStatesTKD@gmail.com, or you can call directly at 737-999-4004. You can also visit our website at BudaKarate.com.

About Master James Lockett:  James is a fifth-degree black belt and certified master instructor.  He has a Master’s Degree in Education from Framingham State University. He has been teaching martial arts for over 25 years. Master Lockett is a passionate educator who has taught all over the United States and Korea.

United States Taekwondo is just south of Austin in Buda, Texas at 3600 FM 967. United States Taekwondo serves Buda, Kyle, and South Austin.

Teaching Young Children the Importance of Respect

It goes without saying that respect is one of the most fundamental traits required to be successful both professionally and personally. Schools make it a point to teach respect for authority during a child’s most formative years, but the real education truly begins at home, with the parents themselves. Respect is a quality that can often be difficult to measure, and as such, difficult to teach. However, with careful attention, observation, and re-enforcement, parents can develop this key trait in their children quite seamlessly. Children learn the importance of respect at school and at home, and in group activities like pre-school karate classes.

Respect for people and things

Respect comes in a wide variety of forms. For example, children must be taught to be behave with respect for the possessions of other children. They must be taught a healthy respect for their elders and authorities. As a family, it is of paramount importance to develop a culture of mutual respect within the home itself. There are a number of great strategies that parents use at home for this purpose.

Perhaps the most effective way parents teach their children to behave respectfully is by being respectful themselves. Children typically mimic their parents’ behavior – good or bad, so being a role model and showing integrity, courtesy, and respect in their company are very powerful lessons. Whether it is simply being polite to strangers or being thoughtful and considerate of friends and family, with proper and consistent role models, most children gradually learn to deal with the people and environment around them in healthy, productive, and amicable ways.

Reinforcing respect

When a child displays respect, it is important for parents to acknowledge and commend him or her. Receiving praise and feeling gratified for performing a task correctly or behaving in the appropriate manner helps children of all ages develop self-esteem and self-respect, benefits they will seek to earn over and over. Highlighting appropriate behavior and good manners helps children internalize them. In some cases, a display of respect may even warrant a reward in some material form.

In some cases, it may be required to reprimand a child for inappropriate behavior. Choosing when to punish and when not to is extremely important for parents. Parents must understand that different children learn in different ways, and this may take time as well. Understanding how a child thinks and behaves is the first step toward choosing the specific ways and means of developing this fundamental and vital character trait.

Helping Children Develop Self-Control

When a child throws a tantrum in the middle of a grocery store or a theater, the spectacle can be extremely frustrating for the parent. The first “fit” might be tolerable, but as days, months, and years go by, the inappropriate outbursts can intensify and occur more frequently… unless parents take pro-active measures to correct the behavior of their children. Teaching kids self-control has everything to do with making them think about the consequences of their behavior before they speak or act. Even mature, respectable adults have problems with self-control in many cases, but the parents’ important role as behavior models for their children cannot be denied.

Living in the moment

Young children live very much in the present and do not set goals like experienced adults. Teaching children from an early age the importance of setting a goal (which requires work and patience to achieve) is a fundamental lesson for understanding and attaining self-control. We cannot always get what we want immediately, and in many cases, it may take more time and effort than planned.

A common mistake that many parents make is in praising and gratifying their children too much. When this takes place, children can become complacent, realizing that whatever they do, they will get exactly what they want. Alternatively, parents must try to acknowledge the effort that children are making towards achieving a particular goal, and encourage them to continue displaying self-control in their pursuits.

Balancing incentives and deterrents

In some cases, it may be required to discipline a child when they behave badly. Children under the age of three find it particularly frustrating if they aren’t allowed to do the things they want when they want, whether it’s playing with toys or playing in the mud. Likewise, pre-schooler “temper tantrums” also occur sometimes when instructed to do something they don’t want to do, or when they don’t want to do it. As a parent, it is important to set clear, consistent expectations (rules) for children, to offer choices, and to explain consequences. If a child fails to observe parental rules, it might be necessary to discipline him or her in a productive, non-violent way such as forcing him or her into a ‘timeout’ or denying him or her a certain pleasure for a while.

At the same time, it is often valuable to talk with children about self-control and its importance. Discussing self-control (and its opposite) can often help children appreciate the concept much better and pay closer attention to their actions. As such, congratulating a child when he or she has achieved something through self-control is also vitally important in the developmental process. Enrolling your child in structured self-improvement activities like karate definitely
helps develop self-control in participants. Professional instructors are trained in many methods for keeping the attention of individuals in class, maintaining discipline, and reinforcing positive behaviors, which translates into better self-control exhibited at home, school, and elsewhere by the children who train.