Improving Your Child's Grades Through Karate
Mike McLaughlin, Yahoo! Contributor Network
May 5, 2009
Children can learn a lot more than just how to do a good roundhouse kick at their local karate class. The physical lessons in martial arts are definitely important but the mental lessons learned in the dojo can benefit children in many areas of their lives including in the classroom.
Focus - Whether a child is punching a pad or breaking a board, he or she must have a tremendous amount of focus in karate class. When a child learns to focus energy on the task at hand in the dojo, this same focus can be applied to reading a book or completing a homework assignment.
Memorization - Most karate organizations teach a series of forms called katas. These katas require students to remember specific techniques in a specific order. Many karate classes also require students to remember a series of self defense moves that they must perform. The memorization skills developed in martial arts can help children as they prepare for tests in school.