There is a reason why parents have looked to martial arts to help improve focus in their child. It has been proven to be a tried and true method for improving focus in kids for decades and why anyone from teachers to medical professors have suggested martial arts for improving a child’s focus for decades. They work and have so much to offer kids.
Having a Structure
A kid’s mind is a wild and wonderful thing that makes them curious about so many things and always want to know how things work. But, what they need in their life to harness their curiosity is structure and that is one of the gifts of martial arts. Growing kids need to have a routine in their life, so they can practice controlling their thoughts and being able to focus on the task at hand. Keeping their mind on what’s being taught in class, such as punching and kicking combinations or details of how to do a proper armbar gives them the structure they need to learn to focus better.
Learning Respect Gives Focus
When a parent comes to a gym or school, a main reason they come is because they want their kid to know how to respect themselves and others. Once they get on the mat and have a coach show them what is expected of them when they enter class and once they get to class a switch goes off in their head and they start to focus on the day’s technique. Having that respect is instilled in them through martial arts will help those kids will learn to focus better and be better equipped to achieve their goals.
Becoming Goal Oriented
Having goals and learning how to achieve them is a vital life skill that all kids need and martial arts is known to be a great tool to get kids to focus their energy on the steps they need to take to take to reach their goals. In martial arts like karate and jiu jitsu, there is a belt system, where kids are awarded belts that signify they took the time to focus their minds and practice the techniques to a point where they have shown improvement they know how to do the moves and are confident in performing them. Once they learn to focus their energy on a goal, they realise it can easily be achieved and makes them want to set more goals to achieve in the future.
The martial arts are a wonderful tool to help kids learn so many life lessons and have the focus to make everything they want to do possible. Within 6 months, a parent will see a change in their child, because they learned how to focus and are going to grow into better people.