The brain is the command center for the body.
When a baby is born, it has all the brain cells it will have for its entire life. The early years of a child’s life is when it is important to develop the neural connections between these cells, which helps the brain grow and mature. Utilizing working memory in order to assist in making these connections will lead to quicker increases in brain development and intelligence.
Working or active memory is the ability to keep information in the brain for a short period of time in order to solve a problem. This generally happens in the frontal lobe of the brain, a part that is not as developed in younger children. However, when they are taught with methods that make use of their active memory, their brain makes many neural connections which helps with development. It’s a workout for the brain. And even better, is that through this type of training, fluid Intelligence is nurtured so a child’s ability to use logic and reasoning to solve problems or analyze new situations becomes more developed.
After years of research in neuroscience and psychology, Melody Johnson created the SKILLZ program so that it would target different stages of development. As the final step in creating this innovative curriculum, the teaching procedure was created. This includes using active learning and working memory to develop the neural connections in the brain, therefore fostering fluid intelligence. By teaching this way, the program maximizes learning in the students.
This groundbreaking approach to teaching martial arts encompasses a process that is like no other.
After the students have warmed up the instructor delivers a short mat chat that discusses the details of the skill of the day. This initiates active learning, which gets the neurons in the brain to start activating. The students then participate in a game-based learning drill related to the skill and this stimulates their working memory and, therefore, creates new connections in the brain. The final step is when they test for a skill-stripe, which fosters fluid intelligence and their ability to retain information more efficiently.
When children are young it is vital that their brains are stimulated in a way that creates more neural connections. Involving them in programs that have this type of brain-training is essential. By participating in programs like this, children develop better working memory and their ability to reason and logic when presented with novel situations is easier.
To learn more about the powerful Skillz childhood development program that uses martial arts as the vehicle for growth, or to get your child started, click here http://www.karatepueblo.com.
Jennifer is a 4th-degree black belt and has been training in martial arts since 2001. She has a Masters Degree in Child Psychology and has embraced the SKILLZ curriculum because of its focus on child development and using martial arts as a vehicle to develop the child as a whole.