As an instructor, I have witnessed firsthand the effects of martial arts training
on children with Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD). While there are many children and adults diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, the cure is not simple. Is there a cure? I leave that up to you to decide. We have had children come in based upon the recommendation of their pediatrician or even adult students enroll based upon what their doctor has suggested.
So, what does martial arts do for those with ADD/ADHD? It offers them an outlet, pure and simple. Are we the cure? Absolutely not, but it is part of a solution. Martial arts makes them think, it helps them focus, it gives them goals and it helps them sleep better due to physical activity.
A sustained commitment to the martial arts develops routines, it teaches respect and perseverance and most importantly increases their self esteem and self worth. What the practice of martial arts ultimately works toward is a healthy mind, healthy spirit and healthy body.
Martial arts is for everyone, but not everyone has what it takes to train. Do you have what it takes? You can email Sensei Janice at Cervizzis@aol.com with any questions or comments.