If you had looked up the term “fidget spinner” a few months ago, you probably would have been met with little to no results. Now it feels as if it’s impossible to go anywhere without hearing the term. For those who still may not know, a fidget spinner is a small, handheld toy that simply spins around like a propellor. Doesn’t seem like much, but due to the fact that it has been known to somewhat help with concentration, the creator of this toy has been marketing it as the cure for children who may have conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (or ADHD), autism, and/or anxiety.
In the spring of 2017, the fidget spinner craze blew up into unseemingly proportions. Almost every child had a fidget spinner, whether they had a condition or not, and even some adults have jumped on the bandwagon as well. Although the fidget spinner’s claim to heal others has been scientifically proven incorrect, you can still find fidget spinners everywhere, from the checkout counter at a local grocery store, to the zoo’s gift shop hundreds of miles away. However, parents with kids who truly have the conditions listed above have been noticing that although their child may be really entertained by their new light-up fidget spinner, it doesn’t cure anything. Luckily there is something that has been around for years and has proven to really help children with concentration issues: martial arts. Listed below are the proven benefits of martial arts that a ten dollar fidget spinner cannot do.
No More Fidgeting
Martial arts, which includes jiu jitsu, is an ancient practice from Asia that focuses on individual growth, emphasizes self-control, and of course, assists with concentration. Staying focused is a prime skill for a martial arts student because they need to stay in-tune with themselves to learn and perform the correct way. As their performance improves due to staying focused, they receive different colored belts that symbolize not only their advancement in the class but also their hard work. These belts can help motivate the children to become better at martial arts which has its own number of benefits. However, this could not be possible unless they had a right amount of concentration.
Here at Jiu Jitsu Nation, our instructors make sure each student learns how to obtain and keep concentration by teaching the following three rules: focus the eyes, focus the mind, and focus the body. The lessons, which can be used at home or even in the classroom, can be beneficial for the child with behavioral conditions, or any child at all. Although fidget spinners have been known to help with concentration, they are no match for a martial arts instructor.
No More Spinning
The practiced, repetitive movements that the children are taught in martial arts classes help those who struggle with motor skills by emphasizing the connection between mind and body. The same can be said for those with ADHD who typically have an excessive amount of energy that can be hard to control and released at inappropriate times. Luckily, the deliberate movements taught in a martial arts class allows the children to learn about controlling their mind over body. That way, they do not struggle with maintaining their excessive energy. As for releasing their energy, parents can feel at ease knowing that their child/children can get some of their energy out in a controlled and safe area that does not encourage violent behavior. The instructors make it very clear to their students that violence should always be the last resort.
If you would like for your child to benefit from these lessons provided by our martial arts instructors, contact us today to get started.