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The Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids Who Learn and Think Differently

The Benefits of Martial Arts for Kids Who Learn and Think Differently

Every kid needs exercise and time to play, but kids who learn and think differently can have a hard time finding sports that fits them well.  Unlike most sports, Martial Arts is focused around an individual’s personal growth, rather than comparison to others.

This makes Martial Arts a great outlet for children in general, and is particularly helpful for children with challenges.  Where team sports mainly focus on physical development and competition, Martial Arts focus on the individual as a whole.

Martial Arts focuses on three fundamental areas of growth.

Physical Development – Doing martial arts moves can help kids get a better feel for their body; training the body to have better flexibility, strength, coordination, balance, speed and agility.  This is great for kids who struggle with motor skills. Physical activity is one of the best releases for children with ADD/ADHD, helping to stimulate the brain for better focus and performance (according to Science Daily)

Social Development – Martial Arts teaches children the importance of leadership, respect, teamwork, accountability and honesty. Instructors teach children how to communicate with each other in an effective manner. Holding kids accountable builds independence and responsibility, which is a huge step in development and life skills. Negativity is not tolerated in class and students are encouraged to support each other.

Emotional Development – Teaching children self-confidence, mental control, perseverance and control are core values in martial arts. Since kids with ADD/ADHD struggle with focusing and staying on task, both the muscles of the mind and body are getting stimulated while practicing.  Students are encouraged to continue to reach for their goals and never giving up on themselves. Kicks and punches also allow children to work out any frustration or anger while practicing self-control.

Children of all kinds benefit from learning Martial Arts. Encouraging children the opportunity to build positive self-esteem and find a community.

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 accredited through Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters) in Seoul, 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 offers the best in martial arts training in both north Austin (Wells Branch) and south Austin (Buda). United States Taekwondo serves Buda, Kyle, Austin, and Pflugerville.


Three Ways that Martial Arts Training Can Improve Social Skills

Learning social skills is important for everyone. The study of Martial Art can help teach these skills with surprising effectiveness!

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There is a longstanding and deeply rooted misconception about the Martial Arts that to be addressed at the outset. It is not our goal, nor that of any responsible teachers of Martial Arts, to teach our students to fight or intimidate. We teach the ways of self defense, but the purposes of our school are more more important and varied than simple security.

Many of life’s most valuable lessons can be learned training in the Martial Arts, though relatively few people realize it. What they do not understand is that to be a student of Martial Arts is to be a student of SELF knowledge. At United States Taekwondo, we instill in our students of all ages and backgrounds the importance of respect and self-discipline. We have been developing better citizens and empowering people for a very long time. With numerous honors, degrees, and awards as instructors in Martial Arts training, and a growing roster of successful Martial Arts competitors and leaders, we have earned a reputation for providing the highest quality of instruction.

What can we offer you or your children to develop and refine social skills through the study of Martial Arts? First and foremost is RESPECT. No student of the Martial Arts can progress without understanding and adopting this essential attribute! It can be humbling the first time that a successful middle-aged executive must ask for direction from a boy or girl who is younger than his or her own children. Martial Arts teach us that knowledge comes from those who possess it, regardless of age or any other consideration. We learn from those who know more than we do and respect them for their knowledge.

Martial Arts Teach Self-Esteem and Self-Confidence

By learning to control our emotions and to think before we act, we become more comfortable and capable of allowing others to participate in our lives. We lose the need to “prove” ourselves because we learn to feel secure and comfortable with who we are. What our students accomplish as they grow in this ability creates confidence in their own power to overcome difficulties. Our Martial Arts students become better listeners and partners as well.

Martial Arts Teach Courtesy

High ranking students and instructors earn respect and esteem by sharing their advanced knowledge. New students and lower ranks deserve support and help. Every last one of us starts fresh, with little or no combative or performance skill. Advanced ranks remember what courtesy meant to us in the beginning.

If you want your children to learn discipline and respect, if you want them to have the ability to defend themselves, or if achieving self-confidence is your own goal, then there is no better way than Martial Arts training. If you want the most fun, most motivating, most useful, and most effective physical fitness training to improve your overall health, contact us today!