If you are looking to improve your child's focus and increase their concentration skills, you should consider getting your child involved in Taekwondo.
We know that exercise is good for the body physically, but it's turning out that exercise has numerous mental benefits as well.
Recent studies are proving that exercise has a wide range of brain-related benefits, including improving attention and reducing stress and anxiety. For children, exercise causes them to be less impulsive, which makes them more ready to learn.
When you exercise, your brain elevates the supply of endorphins, dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. Endorphins regulate mood, pleasure, and pain. Dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin are chemicals that affect focus and attention.
By increasing the level of these important brain chemicals, you improve your child's ability to remain focused and concentrate consistently. (This is especially important for children with ADD, ADHD, or similar symptoms, because these chemicals are often diminished.)
Activities that require you to pay close attention to body movements - such as taekwondo, ballet, and gymnastics - put the body's attention system to work, which is “a very good thing for kids and adolescents with ADHD,” says John Ratey, a professor at Harvard Medical School and author of Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.
For over 10 years we've been teaching Taekwondo to children and adults. We have improved the focus and concentration skills of hundreds of children throughout Clifton Park & Saratoga.
Our instructors are patient and teach with positive attitudes, and our structured class curriculum provides the perfect learning environment.