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Senior Master Tracy Lee Thomas’ ADD/ ADHD & Chesapeake Martial Arts

Posted Jun 03 2011 2:55pm

There is an alarming rate in the number of children visiting Doctors offices and being diagnosed with ADD/ADHD ( Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ).   Many of them receiving prescriptions for various medications in attempt to alter or control behavioral issues. Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts is a Martial Arts training facility in Chesapeake, Virginia that trains children in martial arts.  Changing Lives Martial Arts Master Instructor, Senior Master Tracy Lee Thomas and his Changing Lives Team of Instructors believe in the results they have seen over the years with students training in the Martial Arts and their accomplishments.



1.   Change a Life:Enroll your child in a Chesapeake ATA Martial Arts Academy that teaches strong life skills and character developmental skills.

2.   Top Fuel for Chesapeake students:provide and maintain balanced meals and diet to fuel a young and active child.

3.   Know your child: what are his/her attributes and qualities

4.   Allergies:Remove annoying allergens from the diet

5.   Physical movement: find time to stay active and know how much time is needed to burn off that energy. ATA Nationally Certified Changing Lives Martial Arts Chief      Instructor Mr. Lathe Craft 3rd Degree Black Belt one of the highest ranking students of Senior Master Thomas states Chesapeake Students obtain physical fitness and self control through their   Chesapeake Martial Arts training.

6.   Down Time:Limit television and video games

7.   Music:Utilize background music to calm –have them learn to play and instrument

8.   Education:Provide strong mental and physical education programs that utilize techniques that work for your child.

9.   Timing:when is your child best “learning time” ?

10.   Role Models:provide strong “Role Models” for your child. Parents of Chesapeake Martial Arts students enjoy having their children look up to their Instructors as role models and for guidance.

11.   Excessive Energy:channel energy in the right direction, find that “special” physical activity their good at and no bench sitting

12.   Goals:focus on short term goals and activities to keep your child focused

13.   Perception:does your child perceive that his/her parents hold a positive image of him/her ? This is an important one. Do they feel, “I can’t ever do this right”, or “I can never please them”.

14.   Tasks-Routines-Learning: Utilize the visual aspect of learning with a “Hands On” approach.   Let them “See & Touch” while learning. Simple flow charts, diagrams that they help create will help them stay on task. Utilize “incidental learning techniques”.

15.   Leader:Yes !   Your child can be a leader. Let your child lead another younger child and feel important.   This is done many times in an ATA Martial Arts School to positively correct a behavioral concern.

16.   Communication:utilize effective communication. This means we want to find what “clicks” for our children when communicating. Raising ones voice, yelling, screaming will cause a child to shut down and become a non-listener.

17.   Therapy:There are many types of therapy, research all your avenues.   Remember, it’s alright to ask for help.

18.   Family Time:family time is important, knowing one has support in a caring and loving environment. Spend quality time with your child, pick a day each week that is family day. Let your child assist in the decision making process as to what the family will do on family day.

19.   Family Martial Arts:Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, Virginia believe in utilizing “Positive Life Skills” and “Positive Character Developmental Skills” that assist parents and their children on strengthening their abilities in all aspects of their lives. Senior Master Thomas states: “ATA Martial Arts Instructors aren’t Doctors, but we truly believe and have seen time and time again that children and adults can reduce and in many cases, no longer need the medication prescribed for ADD/ADHD. It’s about trying multiple options and there are many out there”.

20.   Parent Education:Parents, please study hard and research the various options for your children. Ask your Instructor if there is something more they can do to help. Many times there is a small positive reward that can be announced in class for a positive action or accomplishment. Please remember, you aren’t in this alone and there are numerous amount of people that can help.


Many styles of mixed martial arts such as ; Kung Fu, Karate, MMA Fighter style training that is safe and fun (as seen on Mixed Martial Arts Fighting, Cage Training and MMA Video’s ) , Kick Boxing, Self Defense, Fighting Styles, and Krav Maga, have been incorporated into the ATA’s program by Grand Master Soon Ho Lee’s Taekwondo. Grand Master is a Champion Taekwondo Martial Arts Master in America and is recognized as a U.S. Taekwondo leader. Martial Arts Movies have shown the various Martial Arts techniques that ATA Utilizes in classes in Virginia Beach. While the Traditional Taekwondo programs utilize a Taekwondo style uniform while Krav Maga utilizes a line of Mixed Martial Arts Fight Wear, MMA Apparel and MMA clothing for the student uniforms.



Changing Lives Chesapeake Martial Arts Instructors are changing lives!


1.  Increased FOCUS abilities

2.  Increased Positive SELF ESTEEM


4.  Improved CONFIDENCE



7.  Stronger SELF CONTROL


9.    BETTER GRADES in school



You can find more information and Chesapeake martial arts reviews at:


Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts




Chesapeake Martial Arts Academies



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