The academic impact of R.E.A.D.Y. Taekwondo was recently documented in Ms. Carla Howe’s fifth grade class at the MLK Academy in Benton Harbor. Over the winter of 2010/2011, Ms. Howe’s class saw an improvement in grades ranging from 50% up to 82% in a five month period. In addition, disciplinary referrals have dropped by more than 50% from the previous year.
“The student’s respect has grown for all adults, including teachers. I have had fewer disruptions and more learning going on in my classroom that I can directly attribute to the Taekwondo training of my students.” Ms. Carla Howe
Teachers are actually empowered by the students’ desire to participate in R.E.A.D.Y. Taekwondo. Report cards must be signed by the parents and teachers and are then publicly reviewed with Grandmaster Smith at each period’s Belt Ceremony.
In addition to the academic improvement of Ms. Howe’s 24 MLK Academy students they have seen an average 69% increase in sit ups, 86% increase in pushups and a 7 minute increase in the average time run over the same five month period. Other similar studies of R.E.A.D.Y. participants have shown an 80% reduction in obesity as well as a 200% increase in exercise. The programming is at its most effective with students from kindergarten through sixth grade, although marked improvement is found in virtually all age groups.
An independent study produced for Chuck Norris’ Kick Start Kids Program in Houston revealed that students participating in similar martial arts programs achieved better grades, had greater self-control, displayed greater ambition and had higher attendance.