It's not just about improving a childs behaviour, you must improve their performance
Secret Number 2 of 5
By STEPHEN THOMPSON
Better Grades at School
I want to talk a little bit about how MAPD (Martial arts and personal development) can impact a child academically. It is a common question among many parents. I believe when a parent brings their child in to investigate Martial Arts one of the motivational reasons behind it is not just to improve his behaviour but to improve his performance. And there is a close correlation there. Let me answer the question you’re asking in your mind directly.
How can your child get better grades?
It’s simple. Number one, she needs to become a better listener and in order to do that it’s necessary to have a higher degree of what? Focus!
Focus and concentration is the key ingredient for success.
When you learn how to focus and concentrate on whatever task is at hand, regardless of what it is-creating a model airplane, learning a math formula or taking Martial Arts- when you learn how to actually learn, that carries over into every area of your life.
But in order to be a better student academically there has to be a higher degree of cooperation with the learning experience, which requires discipline.
Discipline is focused effort with increased concentration
Studying MAPD improves your child’s academic achievement as their focus is increased, as their concentration is improved and as their degree of self-worth shifts. By participating in our programme she is much more willing to put forth her best effort in all areas of her life and in many cases that’s the key.
Here’s what I want you to realise…
Children don’t go to school to bring home bad grades. Students go to school to do their best but unfortunately sometimes they don’t have the skill sets necessary to bring home good grades.
If a child doesn’t have the natural inclination to do well in a particular area we don’t throw them in-sink or swim. You would be setting them up for failure. So what we do instead is encourage him through one simple idea:
Any degree of improvement is rewarded!
And academically here’s how we help parents. We request to see all students’ reports. I want to see his school report not to pass judgment on whether or not he has an ‘A’, a ‘B’ or a ‘C.’ I want to see the school report to let the student know that I’m interested in their progress.
That’s a very simple way of doing what? – Encouraging a higher degree of motivation.
Regardless of what the report looks like-I’m going to find something good. And that good might be one thing…like he only missed three days of school. The key is rewarding any degree of good behaviour.
Guess what will happen?
They will in fact strive a little harder.
Not just in that area but it can’t help but affect other areas. So any level of improvement is rewarded. And as a result of that we actually form an alliance. Almost like a triangle with the teacher at school (although sometimes we never meet them) and with you who obviously supports him by bringing him to my class.
Your child then realises that all three of these important people in his life, the teacher, you the parent and me the instructor are there to assist him and celebrate and reward any degree of accomplishment or victory he has.
By encouraging any degree of improvement we’ve increased your youngster’s ability to focus at the task at hand and actually perform at their absolute best.
This is how together we help your child get great grades!
The Incredible Power Of Repetition
Many people are resistant to the idea of repetition in education but I learned years ago that repetition is the mother of skill. To explain this further. let’s use a maths example.
If you want to get good at adding you’ve got to add, if you want to get good at subtracting you’ve got to practice subtracting. Now, the repetition of developing any new skill is kind of awkward at first and most children are a little uneasy with this because they simply haven’t learned that repetition actually is fun once you get a better result.
In our MAPD programme we use repetition as a means of training. By doing the same thing over and over again we teach the students how to enjoy the learning curve of doing what? Doing the same thing time and time again and getting better at it
They’re able to take that experience and realise, “Oh, just like Martial Arts…if I want to be good at side kicking… I have to practice my side kick. Well if I want to get good at adding… I have to practice adding.”
And that is just one simple element in the class experience that a child is able to bring to school and use to improve their performance.
How Can You Tell That Other Martial Art Schools Are Not Interested In Helping Children Get Better Grades?
It is actually very easy to tell. You just need to find out what desired outcome the school’s instructor has for his or her students?
Some of the warning signs that you’re in the wrong academy are if the instructor is focused on building champions or winning trophies or allowing one child to advance to a higher degree based on physical athleticism. Now, let me be clear about this, there is so much misunderstanding about Martial Arts.
As a child progresses through the ranks it does not mean that they’ll ever gain the capacity to be able to walk through walls and jump over tall buildings.
It’s not about athleticism
Because if you focus on athleticism, the moment a child is physically injured or ill you’ve discounted whatever they’ve accomplished up to that point in their training.
WARNING: If a high degree of focus is put on the physical nature of Martial Arts in the class we’re not helping children develop at an intellectual and emotional level.
Not all schools are equal and what makes our school different is simply this…that a child doesn’t have to be the best, he just has to do his best at that time.
Let me give you a parallel for the adult world. If you want to maintain a high degree of physical fitness you have to work out. But it doesn’t mean that you have to kill yourself each and every time you go to the gym. You simply have to do your best while you’re at the gym. And we do the same thing at our academy, that’s how a student is rewarded.
“If Schools Ran Like Most Martial Arts Academies I’d Still Be In First Year!”
To help you realise how our academy is different I want you to understand this. You did not need an ‘A’ in all your subjects to go from first to second year. However, that’s what most Martial Arts Schools do with their rank system. Unless you’re a perfect orange belt (which is a degree of rank in a Martial Arts system) you don’t get promoted to the next level.
Let me explain it another way. Unless your child does things exactly right in a certain and specific way they don’t move up to the next belt level – THEY FAIL.
If I needed to get straight ‘A’s to go from first year to second year, I’d still be in the first year and so would you most likely. At our academy, it’s not about being a perfect student but a student who is performing at their best.
And isn’t that perfection for a child?
In my personal opinion, I think perfection is way over rated. I think it gets in the way of progress. Most schools place such a high degree of emphasis on the physical ability of student and they overlook the fact that that’s only part of it.
In the next few day’s I am going to talk about Secret Number 3 which is …
Physical Fitness Is The Result Of Creating Good Habits