With a bloodcurdling cry, your 6-year-old leaps into the air with a jumping front kick, raising your hair and blood pressure simultaneously. Before you panic and climb the walls, why not try channeling that energy into a martial arts class at Tring Martial Arts Academy. Activities like Kickboxing, and Krav Maga are a fun way for both boys and girls to achieve fitness and focus. Some parents may think they also promote violence, but that’s a myth, according to experts. Martial arts actually help teach self-discipline and socialization skills. In fact, many parents whose children have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) report great success with these programs because self-control and concentration are exactly the skills underdeveloped in ADHD kids A typical forty five minute long class begins and ends with a bow to the sensei. After a warm-up, students practice the art’s particular skills, which may include kicks, punches, and blocks. Each requires concentration and strict attention. Their progress is marked by a belt system, which takes the beginner from a white belt through a variety of colours until black. Testing for each new level, generally every three months, is a good exercise in setting and achieving goals. But, say experts, it’s the respect kids learn, whether from bowing or standing still and waiting for the next command, that can be the most important benefit: It often carries over into school, helping to improve behavior and even grades, according to recent research. Take a trial class today.