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8 Ways Martial Arts Helps Children With Attention Difficulties

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Finding the right sport for your child can be difficult at the best of times, but ADHD in children makes it even more difficult. They may be left out of team sports because of their difficulties with coordination or following directions, and end up bullied or isolated as a result.


Martial arts is a great activity for kids with ADHD can help increase your child’s focus and develop skills such as self-control and concentration, as well as self-defense and responsibility. Here are eight ways ADHD-friendly martial arts can help your child. 

1. It Shows Them That Respect is a Given

No matter what level a student or teacher is at, respect is key to functioning in the martial arts world. Respect for instructors is a given, as well as respect for fellow students. This teaches children that every person should be treated fairly and with kindness. At Rockstar Martial Arts North Frisco, your child can learn to support others and be supported in turn, in an environment that endeavors to teach positivity and acceptance every day.

2. Concentration Is Key 

Attention and focus are key component of any athletic program, but especially in martial arts. Our coaches at Rockstar Martial Arts North Frisco know how to build up your child’s concentration and help them to re-focus. They can do this any number of ways, but hitting a physical reset button, such as performing a basic stance, helps them focus on the next step. Depending on the martial art, your child may also learn exercises for focus that he or she can then use outside the gym.

3. It Helps Them Set Reasonable Goals  

There is no pressure to move up to a black belt right away or even in a certain timeframe. In fact, getting a black belt is supposed to take years – but there are still many benchmarks students can meet along the way, so they don’t get frustrated or feel like they are stagnating. Students are encouraged to work at their own pace, and our Rockstar coaches will help them set goals on a person-by-person basis. That way, your child can grow in confidence with each goal they accomplish.

4. It Builds Coordination

Being able to practice the moves slowly and repetitively allows your child to build up muscle memory and understand how the motions should flow. Over time, this can increase their coordination skills as they learn how their body moves. Children with ADHD can sometimes struggle with coordination, but our program at Rockstar Martial Arts North Frisco can help develop motor skills and increase mind-body awareness.

5. They’ll Learn Step-by-Step

Each move is broken down into steps to make the learning process easier. As your child practices each step over and over again, it will become easier and easier for them to perform. Our instructors are experts in breaking down even seemingly complex moves into  understandable ways that play to your child’s strengths and abilities so they can practice the moves with confidence.

6. Self-Defense is Taught – Alongside Self-Control 

While martial arts teaches fighting moves, the focus of our kids programs is on self-defense and not violence. Martial arts offers a safe environment for children to work out their anger and frustration. That way, children learn to channel their feelings into practice and learn self-control of their moods in a space that allows them to experience those emotions and work through them in a secure manner.

7. Excess Energy is Not a Problem

In a martial arts program, energy is key. Our instructors are aware that children can have excess energy, so an ADHD-friendly martial arts program is a safe and effective means of allowing your child to burn off that energy in a manner that can benefit them emotionally, physically and mentally.

8. Self-Improvement is the Focus 

While team sports may be hard for your child to participate in due to rules or being lost in the team, martial arts is all about self-improvement. And no one sits on the bench in martial arts! So rather than feeling as though they do not belong or being worried that they are going to let the team down, your child can learn to improve their own skills, at their own pace.

Our Kids Program at Rockstar Martial Arts North Frisco Can Help Your Child

Our kids programs at Rockstar Martial Arts North Frisco can provide so much for your child. Camaraderie, support and friendship are all part of the package. More than that, your child can learn to control their mind, body and emotions while growing physically and developing coordination skills. ADHD can make learning difficult, but our instructors know how to help kids re-focus on the task at hand and provide clear instructions. Martial arts is a sport that will accept kids – no matter their background, gender, or learning disabilities – for who they are and help them grow into strong, confident people capable of conquering challenges!

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