In "Fidgety children" doctors speak quickly of ADHD, the so-called "attention deficit hyperactivity syndrome" and prescribe Ritalin. In Brandenburg, Mike helps ADHD children in a different way - with karate.
The use of Ritalin is very controversial who does not know them, the children, who find it extremely difficult to sit still and concentrate. The "fidgety kids" constantly call in between, are always on the move and quickly start arguing, if not everything works out the way they secretly imagined. In this case the doctors quickly talk about ADHD and give these "annoying" children Ritalin. In Land Brandenburg, Mike offers an alternative program for these children. He helps ADHD children - with karate.
ADHD that did not exist before. So many grandparents, shaking their heads, first hear of the attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in their grandchildren that so many doctors diagnose in today's children. No wonder, in the past the children used to romp on the street and spend many hours a day outdoors.Who prefers tinkering at home in the nursery was a couch potato. Today, on the other hand, it means: sitting still. And that from morning to night. First at school, then maybe in front of the computer, later at homework or at the dining table.
It is all the more noticeable when children are unable to sit still at all, have concentration problems, react very impulsively and simply "annoy" their entire environment because they are electrified fidgety children. Many parents go with their offspring to the doctor because "my child learns nothing, only disturbs and cannot sit still in the classroom". Doctors already know the problem and are ordering extensive tests that target both bodily functions and normal concentration tests.
This makes sense, because the clinical picture of ADHD is based on no pi-mal-thumb diagnosis. Rather, one assumes a faulty information processing between different brain sections, due to disturbances in the metabolism of messenger substances (especially dopamine). Genetic factors also seem to play a role. The problem: so far there is no proven antidote. Instead, many children are prescribed the common drug Ritalin (active ingredient Methylphenidate). The question remains: is that a curse or a blessing? The use of Ritalin is highly controversial, but often impossible to prevent, because the affected children have to suffer very much from their "otherness". Helpful for affected children is in any case an absolutely reliable environment with a very well-regulated and structured daily routine.
Those who do not know any ADHD child just have to think back to their own juvenile literature in order to visualize a classic case: the always active Michel from Houston, best portrayed by Astrid, is a typical ADHD child. Hardly thought, already done: The exuberant impulsivity of ADHD children leads them to immediately put ideas into action, no matter how dangerous or disturbing they are in individual cases. The children often only mean it well, but with their failed actions they quickly cause a negative attitude in their environment. And that often leads to negative and exclusionary reactions. ADHD children then live out their frustration immediately. They throw toys around, screaming and slashing, or they easily burst into tears. Anyone who thinks of Michel's pranks in the book knows what is meant. And Michel's surroundings could not always laugh at the blond boy's lascivious pranks.
Another hallmark of ADHD is hyperactivity. Concerned children cannot sit still, even fidgeting with the parents when reading a bedtime book. For them, it is a pain to sit in their chairs in kindergarten or at school. There are "obsessives" who have no rest for working with Lego bricks or building sand castles, however, if there is sufficient motivation, they can do a great job and even spend hours on a task - if they are only interested.
The most common request of parents and teachers is: "Now sit still." What exactly is very difficult for these children? That this "defiant" behavior does not meet with sympathy and understanding is understandable. The worst thing that can be done to these kids is to just give them up.
In our performance-oriented society, however, another symptom of ADHD is even more disastrous: ADHD children have a very poorly trained concentration. If a story is read to them, after a short time they do not know what it was all about in the beginning - or they can easily say it without listening. As you do your homework, you jump in the middle of it and suddenly start doing something completely different. A puzzle is a torture for them, the painting of a picture can be finished after just a few strokes. In this sense, learning for children with ADHD is a challenge, on which they regularly fail. Rarely do the parents suddenly find something that still draws the children into their spell and animates. Then even ADHD children can show performance. The parents of Peter (6) from Houston: "For us it was the Pokémon cards. Suddenly our son learned the names of all Pokémon’s by heart, and because he had enough cards to exchange, he was suddenly the focus of his group in kindergarten. He really flourished there. " Karate: work on your own ego Mike (37) from Houston offers a completely new approach to ADHD. He offers karate courses for children over the age of six. In them, the karate with the black belt (4th Dan) teaches ADHD children with great success. Karate for children who cannot concentrate? Mike: "Yes, of course, karate is a motor sport, because ADHD children feel the need to move a lot, so they can do a lot of sports in this respect, but they also learn to concentrate and move in their karate skills If they succeed, they immediately receive confirmation, so they have a real sense of achievement.” The success is immediately measurable in the karate, while he is on the school bench only clearly belated by the notes read. In karate, however, it is not important to learn very specific movements, but rather how to learn and how to learn them. There are attack and defense moves that are trained together in the group. If the children succeed in learning it, they are allowed to participate in the first belt examination after two or three months. If they can prove what they have learned, so if they have passed their exam, they gain the right to wear a different colored belt. Following the white belt with which each karate begins, karate is followed by the yellow-white, the yellow, and the end-ten black belts. Each newly acquired belt is a showable proof to the children of how successful they were in their sport. Every belt is a new challenge. For Mike, it is especially important to provide the children with an environment in which they can assert themselves independently of their everyday lives. In the training room of the dojo (training center), there is no stress for the time of the training session with the parents and no worries with the school tasks: "The worries of the students can be stripped at the door as soon as they enter the dojo, where they concentrate completely on themselves and no longer have to meet the expectations of others, because the dojo has its own rules, but fixed guidelines in which they can move - here, restraint, respect and working together are taught and practiced A high-class environment unfolds and is here no one "delivered." This is about the fact that the children together with others do something for themselves completely on their own. "
In karate lessons, the parents stay out only wanting, they have to. It is not enough for parents to want their hyperactive children to go to karate. You have to have the idea yourself. Only then are they ready to work on themselves.: "Not only do the kids have to train hard, they also need to be motivated and supported, they train hard without realizing it, the kids need, and I keep stressing, they want clear boundaries they can find their way around They need to be able to tart and move about freely, with the necessary flair, and if the children notice and notice new successes in each practice, and experience consistent but fair acceptance, then they have achieved their goal - by doing so supports their performance and does not overlook it. "
In fact, the parents themselves remain out of the box during karate lessons. The children immerse themselves in a world of their own, which is also evident in the usage of the language. They wear a white Gi (cotton sweatshirt), meet in the dojo, talk to their teacher with sensei, learn to count in Japanese, and they soon know what certain defensive moves and classic attack techniques are called. They practice katas, which are nothing more than special sequences of moves from attacking and defending against opponents. It is not to be feared that ADHD children will use what they have learned to target their classmates even more purposefully than before. He reassures, "Karate is not only a self-defense martial art, it also teaches you to better understand your surroundings and specific situations, and I teach my students how to treat others the way they would like to be treated Students looking for quarrels, who flies out of the dojo. "
The students also participate in local and national and international competitions. Incidentally, Mike and his dojo are part of the Kimura Karate School, which is entirely dedicated to the Karate style. This style of fighting puts the emphasis on a natural and very effective movement that allows anyone interested to quickly find an entry into the fighting style.
Incidentally, there are Kimora karate schools all over Germany. If ADHD children are interested in trying out Karate, an appropriate dojo is quickly found in the neighborhood. The first trial lessons are basically free of charge, after which a monthly fee is due.