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    What do kids need?

    Last time, I talked about how we use routines and structure in
    our martial arts classes to help our students develop their
    ability to focus.

    That’s why martial arts in commonly recommended for children
    with A.D.D.

    I encourage you to strengthen the routines and patterns you have
    with your children.

    Having this structure helps them establish a solid footing in
    their work.

    Good teachers at school use these same techniques – they start
    the day with a consistent routine and then utilize an established
    class format throughout the day.

    Now let’s move on to the topic of repetition, another important
    keystone in learning martial arts.

    Parents certainly know how repetition appeals to children: How
    many times have you read the same bedtime story over and over? Children crave routines and patterns that help them feel secure.

    Learning and mastering patterns is essential in the martial arts. In order to progress to the next belt or rank, one must
    memorize a form (also called “Poomse, Hyung, or Kata”).

    Because these forms progress in difficulty, they help sharpen focus and build concentration. Once a student has mastered their
    form, they have a great sense of confidence and enthusiasm as their skills progress.

    The importance of learning through rhythms and patterns is very often overlooked in our modern lives. Our society sometimes
    urges us to let go of the old and constantly move onto the newest and most exciting toy, blockbuster movie or gadget.

    Help and encourage your child to understand and value the importance of repetition and structure into their lives. Let them
    hold onto old favorites, enjoy their favorite meal and yes, read that bedtime story to them one more time.

    Good Luck!


    Darren Norris

    P.S. The very best way to see our LIFE LESSON strategies in action is for your child or family to experience them directly via our
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