Why Martial Arts is Great for Kids With Attention and Focus Issues?

6 Reasons Why Martial Arts Can Help

Attention and focus are key components of martial arts, which is why parents of children with attention and focus issues may think that Martial Arts is not the right fit for their child. However, the opposite is actually true. Martial Arts can be very beneficial to students with attention and focus issues. At Innovative Martial Arts Academy, we have seen these students benefit tremendously from participating in our classes. 

Concentration Will Improve

One of the largest benefits of martial arts for kids is improved concentration. In order to learn new moves and sequences, students must practice active listening and learn how to observe their instructors. Attention and focus are critical to learning martial arts. Instructors know how to build up your child’s concentration and help them re-focus. When children lose focus or get off task instructors can redirect students by asking them to perform a basic stance. This acts as a “reset button” and gets students to regain focus. Depending on the martial art, your child may also learn meditation/breathing exercises for focus that he or she can then use outside the dojo.

Learn Self Control

Studies show that complex physical activity, like martial arts, strengthens the neural pathways in the brain and enables kids with ADHD to practice self-control. Movement helps them develop coordination while building strength. Martial arts offers a safe environment for children to work out their frustration or excess energy. Children learn to channel their feelings into practice and learn self-control of their feelings in a safe space. 

Excess Energy Is Not a Problem

In a martial arts program, energy is crucial. Students need to have the energy and stamina to complete their movements in the lesson. Our instructors are aware that children can have excess energy. We offer a safe space with an effective means of allowing your child to burn off that energy which will benefit them emotionally, physically and mentally.

Helps Set Reasonable Goals

There is no pressure to move up to the next belt right away or even in a certain timeframe. Students are encouraged to work at their own pace, and instructors will help them set individual goals. That way, your child can grow in confidence with each goal they accomplish. There are many benchmarks students can meet along the way, so they don’t get frustrated or feel like they are stagnating. 

Self Improvement is the Focus

Martial Arts is all about self-improvement. While team sports may lead to your child feeling lost or unable to keep up, martial arts focuses on the individual child. No one will be sitting on the bench in martial arts! Instead of your child worrying that they can’t perform or they will let the team down, they can learn to improve their own skills, at their own pace. Even though this is not a team sport, your child will still feel like they are part of a team. In our dojo, we encourage students to support each other and celebrate each other’s successes!

They Will Learn Step by Step

A technique or form in martial arts can have dozens of different movements. Each move is broken down into steps to make the learning process easier. The students learn gradually, repeating and adding steps as they go. They learn to anticipate which step comes next. Eventually, they put everything together into fluid movements. This step-by-step approach is beneficial for all children, especially those who have attention and focus issues. Children will learn at their own pace and build confidence as they progress!

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At Innovative Martial Arts Academy, we’re all about FAMILY and FUN. Our Martial Arts training offers men, women, and children the opportunity to challenge their bodies and minds without the threat of injury and intimidation. Take on the best training in disciplines like Kenpo Karate, Kali, and Aikido and build your skills one day at a time with help of our dedicated instructors. We are proud to serve families across Wake Forest, Wakefield, and the surrounding area with a rewarding experience that can set you or your child up for success in all aspects of life. If you’re interested in learning about our martial arts program, contact us at 919.562.4663, or visit our website.  

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William D.
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This place is great! Charles and his team have fantastic programs for kids. When we started our 3.5 year old son, I didn’t know what to expect. He quickly adapted to the classes and now loves going. Our 2 year old son loves watching and will start as well as soon as he turns 3. Innovative Martial arts also hosted their birthday parties. The kids had a blast doing different activities throughout the birthday party. Can’t say enough good things about this place, and what they teach!
Tara H.
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Innovative Martial Arts Academy (IMAA) is the best place to take martial arts. Charles Falk, the owner, and his staff do a great job teaching martial arts to the students and teaching each student to be confident and disciplined. My son has been with IMAA for eight years - he has earned one black belt and is working on his second.
Niko F.
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Not only are the staff amazing, but there is a mix of fun and learning in the curriculum. My 5 year old daughter absolutely loves this school. She has learned respect and many other aspects making her more focused and well behaved. I definitely recommend this school for you or your child.
Janice P.
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Great school with wonderful teachers. My daughter has a great time learning and everyone is friendly. There is even an adult class that allowed me to try to see if I liked it and everyone was very patient with me. I am thankful to have my daughter be a part of the Innovative Martial Arts Academy in Wake Forest and know she is benefiting from it in more than one way. It amazes me how fast she is learning and how hard she is trying. They have her trying to develop at her fullest with her mind, body, and spirit. I would recommend this school to anyone interested in martial arts.
Kristi F.
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Wonderful place for not only skill development but also personal development. Owner and instructors genuinely get to know students and families and care about them. The lessons learned will provide character growth as well as martial art skills. The owner is also a long time student of many different martial arts, he didn't just buy a franchise, and tries very hard to live what he teaches the students. Proud to have been in this dojo family for 6+ years and proud of the friendships we have made there!

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