Karate Training | Cedar Ridge

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Cedar Ridge Residential Treatment Center students participate in traditional Shotokan Karate Training three days each week.  In an atmosphere cultivating respect, we help students develop self-control and respect for themselves and others.

Traditional Karate training involves mental as well as physical discipline. In working with teens who struggle with determination, we recognize the inherent therapeutic value of Shotokan Karate training.  Once fatigue sets in, students must tap into their own persistence and commitment to continue.

Cedar Ridge’s philosophy of Karate

The philosophy of our traditional Karate training at Cedar Ridge Residential Treatment Center is reflected in the dojo Kun, a universal meditation recited at the end of each call by the students and sensei:

  • Seek Perfection of Character
  • Be Faithful
  • Endeavor to Excel
  • Respect Others
  • Refrain from Violent Behavior

Cedar Ridge | Research proves that structured exercise directly contributes to brain development during all stages of life

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Traditional Karate reduces aggressiveness in its pupils and enhances mental and physical function. Karate has a direct and proven effect on students’ focus, productivity, ADD/ADHD, and nonverbal learning issues.  Karate also improves balance and “centeredness,” which provides conditioning for other sports.

Dr. John J. Ratey has conducted extensive research proving how  exercise contributes to brain development, and in particular, how ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder symptoms are relieved by highly structured exercise – such as the Shotokan Karate taught at Cedar Ridge Academy Therapeutic Boarding School.

“Paradoxically, one of the best treatment strategies for ADHD involves establishing extremely rigid structure. Over the years, I’ve heard countless parents offer the same observation about their ADHD children: Johnny is so much better when he’s doing taekwondo. He wasn’t doing his homework, and he was angry, difficult, and problematic; now his best qualities have come out.” (Spark: the revolutionary new science of exercise and the brain – John J. Ratey – Eric Hagerman – Little, Brown – 2008 – pg 147)