Academic Benefits of Physical Activity

Academic Benefits of Physical Activity

Physical activity is not only essential for healthy growth and development, it is also important to learning and getting good grades in school.  Active kids are proven to get better grades, better sleep and have better attendance in school.

In the age of apps, tablets and streaming it can be difficult to keep these items out of your child’s hands and face without having a little scuffle about it. The sedentary lifestyle is increasing and so are child (and adult) health risks including obesity, diabetes and more.  We want our kids to be happy, but we also want them to be healthy and a sedentary lifestyle doesn’t just impact their physical health, but their mental health as well.

Studies have proven the link between physical and mental health and their ability to perform in school.  These studies are showing the link between physical activity and increased blood flow and how it helps the brain to perform.  Beyond that, exercise is an important social component for mental health.

Physical activity may help kids do better in school by improving their behavior, attention, memory and cognitive function.

Often kids get too little exercise during the school day, so parents really need to get onboard and provide these opportunities outside of school.

So what can you do about it?

Incorporate activities that make things fun! Walk or ride bikes to school with your child, create fun weekend activities that the whole family can get it in on, get involved with a team sport like martial arts, soccer or basketball.  Eat an early dinner and go for a fun walk with the dog around the neighborhood.

There are many budget and time friendly options out there to increase your child’s physical activity during the day and after school.  Help your child create enjoyable healthy habits early so they continue these habits throughout their whole lives!

If you’d like to schedule a free trial class, visit us online at, shoot us an email, or call us at 737-999-4004. and United States Taekwondo is the only Taekwondo school in Buda recognized by Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters in Korea)!

Founded in 2017 by Master James Lockett, a 5th degree Black Belt and Master Instructor, United States Taekwondo offers Karate lessons for pre-school children ages 3-6 and elementary age kids ages 7 and up that are designed to develop the critical building blocks kids need – specialized for their age group – for school excellence and later success in life.

United States Taekwondo Adult Karate training is a complete adult fitness and conditioning program for adults who want to lose weight, get (and stay in shape) or learn self-defense in a supportive environment.

Instructors can answer questions or be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at, or you can call directly at 737-999-4004. You can also visit our website at

About Master James Lockett:  James is a fifth-degree black belt and certified master instructor.  He has a Master’s Degree in Education from Framingham State University. He has been teaching martial arts for over 25 years. Master Lockett is a passionate educator who has taught all over the United States and Korea.

United States Taekwondo is just south of Austin in Buda, Texas at 3600 FM 967. United States Taekwondo serves Buda, Kyle, and South Austin.

How Karate Helps Children Improve their Grades

Nowadays, the average American child spends the majority of the day at school, returning home only to face more hours of homework or studying various subjects for tests the following day or week. The pressure that a young child faces in school has grown increasingly over the decades, as more and more is expected from each and every child. Some children are able to cope with this pressure better than others. All parents want their kids to study hard and get excellent grades, to improve their chances of success in career and life. Like it or not, the grades that a child gets in school does ultimately affect their education and professional opportunities in the future. Fortunately, there are some proven ways that parents can help their children improve their academic performances and achievements.

Unending support

The first mistake a parent should avoid making is to simply give up hope, shrug his or her shoulders, and abandon a child who is suffering academically. Some parents are quick to write off their children’s grades, often claiming that their children are “not built for school” or “do not take exams well” or “just have a poor teacher this year.” It is both the child’s and parents’ responsibility to ensure that he she performs as well as possible in school, and communicates frequently with the teachers on progress and concerns.

Something that parents need to understand is that children value things differently than adults. As adults with experience, it is quite apparent to us that one’s opportunities will depend on the grades that one gets. However, some children may not have the ability to see academics in that way and set goals for themselves. They can’t visualize the end result – or plot and stay on a course to get there. Creating value for academics begins with helping children understand where their interests lie, and setting goals to achieve what they’re willing to work for. Once this is understood, then a child may need very little of any kind of external motivation.

Understand your child

In certain cases, children may just go through the motions at school in a very mechanical manner, without particularly trying to understand the value of an education. The best way to help a child improve his or her grades is by helping to develop an interest in the subjects being taught. When a child is able to apply what he or she is learning at school in their day-to-day lives, they will naturally begin to understand its worth far better. As such, parents must take time to make a significant personal investment into their children’s education to help better their grades. You can try enrolling your child for karate classes for a wide range of life-changing benefits to mental and physical health. Karate helps children improve their concentration and focusing power, which will ultimately lead to better grades. Teachers frequently remark on the differences and
advancements they observe in children who become “karate kids.”