What are the Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids?

School starts in just a few weeks and many parents are wondering how martial arts classes can help their child succeed. I read a great article at livestrong.com, written by Lisa Maloney titled, "What are the Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids". You can read the full article here: https://www.livestrong.com/article/338321-what-are-the-benefits-of-martial-arts-for-kids/ Here are some key points from her eye opening article: "Martial Arts Promote Resilience" Referencing the famous movie, "The Karate Kid," the iconic storyline shows how the main character builds resilience by training with a martial artist to be able to stand up to the bully. She states how "Researchers found that the martial ar

The Key to Increased Motivation and Focus in Children and Teens

Have you ever wondered why children and teens seem to be so addicted to their smartphones and other devices? Parents are frustrated with their children’s lack of attention and motivation but what do their devices have to do with this? The answer is found in science! Often referred to as the “motivator molecule,” dopamine is a “feel good” chemical that is released in the brain which helps us focus and feel motivated. When dopamine levels are low, it can result in symptoms such as difficulty focusing, decreased motivation, trouble problem-solving, and social anxiety. Therefore, many ADHD medications target dopamine levels. When children and teens have low dopamine levels, we often find that th

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