Friday, October 7, 2016

Dyslexia and Martial Arts

Dyslexia and Martial Arts: the Key to Success
Written by Bruce McCorry's Martial Arts Academy (Peabody, MA)

Parents of dyslexic children are often worried about choosing co-curricular activities for their kids. A usually aired apprehension is whether it will demand too much of their time, especially since dyslexic children usually take extra time to complete their school work itself. Billy Blanks is one person whom parents with similar worries must know of. Blanks is perhaps familiar to many of us as a martial arts enthusiast who is working wonders with his combo martial art TaeBo, a blend of Taekwondo and Boxing. Blanks, who opened up a few years before to the CNN that today he can read and speak to thousands of people without being scared, was actually diagnosed with dyslexia. As the story of Blanks shows, martial arts is one of those co-curricular activities that can actually be a companion to your child if he/she is dyslexic.

Dyslexia and Martial Arts: How it Helps Kids to Tackle the World

Though the most noticeable symptom of dyslexia has to do with reading ability, it is not confined to reading alone. Its roots go back to the issues with the integration of human brain, and this is exactly why a brain-boosting activity like martial arts can help dyslexic kids. If you are the parent of a kid with dyslexia, here are some reasons why you must choose martial arts to help him/her:

* Dyslexic kids often find it difficult to cross the midline of their body. Martial arts gradually work with and improve this developmental skill.

* Sometimes, dyslexic kids find difficulty with the brain integration of left and right hemispheres and related activities. The focus-oriented moves which are part of martial arts are found to help with these.

* Martial arts help to sequence and coordinate physical movements in dyslexic kids. The rhythmic and structured martial arts moves can actually make a difference.

* Martial arts help not just with the motor-skills work, but also brain-skills. Remembering long movement series and combining opposite hand-leg moves help to develop brain skills.
* Balance, discipline, concentration and coordination are some aspects martial arts can improve

Karate is often identified a perfect martial art to help dyslexic kids. Recent developments have shown that kickboxing and taekwondo too can have a great impact on dyslexia. Each new move or skill might come as a challenge for a dyslexic child. Feeling confused on how to act, or totally forgetting what to do in a move often happens. But gradually, as they figure out and work with moves in a martial art lesson, it helps them to cope with and conquer similar situations in real life.

Martial Art Lessons for Dyslexia at Bruce McCorry’s Academy 
Bruce McCorry’s Academy stands out among the many martial art schools in Massachusetts as we have an enthusiastic faculty which walks with the time and keeps constant watch of the developments taking place in the field of martial arts research. The Academy became an early institution to introduce martial arts for kids with special needs. Lessons in all programs including the Special Needs course take place under the supervision of learned instructors. The martial art lessons in the academy is a great space for dyslexic kids to perform well along with other kids and regain their self-esteem and confidence which could have been adversely affected by their experiences in classroom and the society. 

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