Teaching Kids Focus with Martial Arts

Are you looking for ways you can teach your child to focus?

Focus and Martial Arts and Kung fu If so, consider martial arts. Activities like kung fu and other martial arts styles offer a fun, exciting way for kids to achieve focus and improved fitness.

Martial arts offer an excellent way to teach any child focus, but it’s particularly helpful for kids who deal with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These kids often have difficulty with concentration, focus and self-control, and martial arts programs teach these important skills.

Typical martial arts classes include practicing blocks, punches and kicks, and these physical exercises require attention, concentration and focus. Through waiting, bowing and listening to the individual in command, kids learn respect and focus, which often improves school performance as well.

Regular martial arts training can help children learn the importance of discipline in focus, not only in martial arts, but also in every part of life. Not only do kids learn the importance of focus, but they also learn how to be focused.

Of course, while teaching kids focus with martial arts is an excellent idea, parents also need to continue teaching focus and discipline at home. If you’re working to teach your children how to be more focused, the following are some helpful resources:

– How kids learn to concentrate


How Parents Can Teach Focus


Are You Teaching Children How to Focus and Calm Down

Five Simple Brain Exercise Activities for your ADHD Child

– How-Do-I-Teach-My-Child-to-Focus

If you are looking to help teach your child focus there is no better way than martial arts and kung fu is one of the best ways to help your child learn this important skill.  If you live in the Bellevue, WA or Federal Way area, please be my guest for a free 2 weeks of class and a private evaluation and see first hand how we change people’s lives every day in every class.

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Academy of Kempo Martial Arts

Bellevue  425-881-1550 Federal Way  253-942-8822

It ‘s All in Your Posture


Maybe you have seen this drawing on the internet or in magazines?

In many cases, our posture determines how much quality we get out of our movements.  In other words, starting from a good posture allows us to move through our natural range of motions with less wear and tear on our bodies and more quality of movement.

If we are starting from a bad position we are going to most likely end in a bad position.  With any repetitive motion, such as martial arts or any sport, the more we do from an incorrect position the harder it is to make the necessary changes we need to do to stay injury free.

A good fitness program or martial arts program should take into account the athlete’s posture and start from there before getting into movements that may harm or injure the body.  The problem is that most martial arts instructors know nothing about how to fix bad posture or even what is bad posture.

Don’t leave it up to chance.  Do your own research.  After all it is your body and if you want to get the most out of it you will have to put the work into it.

If you are starting on any kind of fitness or martial arts program, learn about posture.  It is the one thing most great martial artists have in common.  Not style, not strength, not speed, they all differ in all of these categories, but the one thing most of them share is good posture.

Sunday Morning Distraction

Meditation Man

I woke up and decided to do some focus attention exercises.  I decided to just count my breath.  To keep my attention on my breathing.

I never made it to the number 10 without my thoughts going somewhere else.  Since I can normally do this one exercise for 15 minutes, less than 10 breaths was really bad.

I got up and did a quick 5 minute warm-up that we teach to all our students and one small breathing form that takes only 2 minutes.

I went back to the focused attention exercise, no problem.

Even the most basic exercises can help you stay focused.  In this case, less than 7 minutes.

But if I had not tried to keep my attention focused on my breath, I would of never knew how unfocused I was.

The benefit is that I am now focused and calm and awake!

Give it a try.  See how long you can count your breath before you are thinking of something else.  And yes it is normal for your mind to drift during this exercise, but if you lose focus completely and forget what number your on then you have to start again.  If you gently remind yourself to come back to your breath then that is fine.

Then get up and do some basic exercises.  Any kind will do.  Then come back to the focus drill and see how much better you do.

Train Often, Train Hard, Train Smart

Master Jones

Academy of Kempo Martial Arts Raps Up Speed Month

It has been a full month since we started our basic speed training.  For all the students that kept at it and made every class, Great Job!

I have seen results in most of the participants.  It is great when we get visible results so quickly.

Next month we will be working on accuracy.  We will be focusing on doing exercises and techniques 100% correctly.  I find the workouts to be a bit harder than speed training.  The reason is that you have to hold positions longer and you’re working your body in a completely different way.  It is not as aerobic but great for toning and posture.

February is a great time to get back into or start your training.  The classes will be very focused on proper technique and execution of martial arts movements.

Train Often, Train Hard, Train Smart

Master Jones

Flexibility and Martial Arts Training…Does it Work?

Just posted an article on how easy it is to get flexible if you do the right things while you train on our sister site.  It is not hard to get results but you do have to do the right things in the right order.  Once you figure out your warm-up and your focus areas, then it is all about movement.

Pendley before class stretching

Before Class


Pendley after stretching class

After Class

Take a look here at Flexibility and Martial Arts Training.

Train Often, Train Hard, Train Smart

Master Jones

Speed Month at the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts

We have a little time left in the month to complete our speed training.  It can be frustrating for some of us that like the technique and the accuracy.  But speed is an important component of the art and needs to be understood and practiced.

We will clean up all the bad habits in February when we start on accuracy.  

During speed training someone asked how fast they should go, or how sloppy they should allow themselves to be.  You should be doing the movement in as much detail as you can get away with but you should be thinking of the move as a whole and not the parts that make up the whole.  Don’t lose the purpose of the technique for a speed.  Make the technique faster not worse.

You should be putting some pressure on yourself to go faster, but not so much that you are having a nervous breakdown.

Speed is just one part of the martial arts and should come after you have the technique down.   Don’t sacrifice good technique for speed.

Back to School

It is that time of year. Vacation is over it is time to get back on a regular schedule. The kids are back in school and your time is now your own. This is a great time to start a fitness program, or restart one.

Don’t put it off, if you do then you will have the holidays coming up and yet another reason not to get your life in order. Do yourself a favor and get out that old gym membership card and put it with your keys. Pull out all the diet books you bought over the summer. And if you’re thinking about getting into something new then take that next step.

Don’t let anymore time slip by when it comes to your health. And if you need extra motivation to get started then you might want to think about private martial arts training.

No matter what you have been putting off do not let another day go by without taking at least one step toward your goal.