Entries by Patrick

Connecting our thoughts and actions

I was introduced to the martial arts when I was seventeen. I took to it immediately. Within a few short years I had earned a Black Belt, a few years later I earned my Second Degree Black Belt, and a few years after that I earned my Third Degree Black Belt.

But somewhere around the Third Degree Black Belt I started to feel like something was missing — it reminded me of a feeling I’d had as a young boy, curious about the interconnectedness of things and people — curious about life. Finally feeling confidence in my ability to defend myself physically, I knew there was more to the martial arts. I just didn’t know what it was.

Can Martial Arts Work As A Treatment for ADHD?

This paper examines the potential benefits that regular, sustained martial arts activity may have for children who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (AD/HD). The author suggests that martial arts training, under certain conditions, can help children and their caregivers deal with AD/HD issues without resort to aggressive and possibly harmful drug therapies, which are currently the predominant treatment approach to the disorder.

Between three and five percent of American children are now diagnosed with AD/HD, generally defined as a “neurological syndrome whose classic, defining triad of symptoms includes impulsivity, distractibility, and hyperactivity or excess energy” (Thompson, 1996). Entering popular discourse in the mid-20th century, the relatively new diagnosis of AD/HD has been tied to a host of issues, such as reductions in educational funding, classroom discipline policies, decreases cultural tolerance for differences in children’s behavior, desperate parents searching for a medical label for their children’s behavioral problems, the rise of the new fields of special education and educational psychology, and aggressive pharmaceutical marketing strategies (Malacrida, 2000).

Martial Arts As A Cognitive Development Tool For Children

Psychologists often overlook Martial Arts as a topic of research. This paper presents evidence that Martial Arts are sufficiently different from aerobic and anaerobic exercise to warrant a serious investigation by psychology for both theoretical research and clinical applications. Specific theoretical research in the field of cognitive psychology is proposed.

While Asian Martial Arts have become very popular in the western world, many scientific circles do not take the study of the Martial Arts seriously as a topic of research. In some cases, they may suppose that current research efforts in aerobic and anaerobic exercise are sufficient. In other cases, they may believe that there is nothing to be gained by researching such an esoteric area, or that the research is difficult or impossible.

Bullies in Cyberspace: 5 Steps Every Parent Can Take Against A Cyberbully

CyberBullying, the exchange of messages with the intent to harm sent via computers, cell phones and other electronic devices, often has devastating consequences. Some victims – usually targeted on blogs, bash boards and Web sites that feature nude pictures, sexually explicit messages or even video – have even commited suicide.

Tyronne Jacques, an online reputation expert who helps corporations with image control problems, is currently extending his services to parents who want to deflect the trauma of cyberbullying on their children. “It’s not Facebook or Twitter that [is the problem],” according to Jacques, the author of How to Fight Google and Win.. “It’s the stuff that lands out there on other sites that can be real damaging, but there are some simple steps that parents can take. Parents can’t delete the information that is indexed on Google, but they can bury it.”