As parents, educators, and mentors, we all have times where we wish a certain kiddo had a little more, well, FOCUS!
Focus is a particularly salient problem for children who are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. Countless anecdotes will tell you that martial arts are good for kids (& adults) with ADD/ADHD.
But no one really knows WHY martial arts help work to control ADD/ADHD.
But as someone who’s been teaching martial arts for over 15 years, I have some thoughts. For one thing, it is well known that ALL children focus better in school when they are given ample opportunities for vigorous exercise! Vigorous exercise also contributes greatly to physical health. Martial arts certainly covers that category!
But in my opinion, there is something else. Traditional martial arts are different because they include something called forms, sets of movements that are memorized and performed. The difficulty level usually increases with rank, and forms are evaluated as part of a student passing from belt to belt.
So, what is it about forms that help cultivate skills for focusing–not just for ADD/ADHD kids, but ALL children?