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Fort Lee Martial Arts Group Helps Students With Abacus, Mental Math

A martial arts center is helping students improve their mental math skills in Fort Lee.
A martial arts center is helping students improve their mental math skills in Fort Lee. Photo Credit: classmath

FORT LEE, N.J. -- Power Martial Arts in Fort Lee is offering a free mental math secrets session for children ages 5 and older Wednesday.

Abakidz is a program that uses the abacus as a tactile learning tool to provide brain training to students of all ages. Guided by Master Jeonghee Lee, the world’s first and only 11th degree abacus master, any student can learn the art of Jusan (abacus math) and Amsan (mental math).

The abacus has been used for more than 5,000 years as an arithmetic calculation tool. It was a fundamental part of the core math curriculum in Asian schools until the popularization of electric calculators.

The rise of personal computers also led to a shift in preference toward electronic devices as primary learning tools. More recently, however, there has been a resurgence in abacus instruction throughout east Asia due to a renewed appreciation of the unique cognitive benefits of learning with the abacus.

The goal of an abacus education is to transform the way students think about numbers and to develop parts of the brain often untouched by conventional math learning. Research throughout the years has shown abacus learning positively impacts working memory and concentration skills, leading to improvement in not only students' math scores but also across all subjects.

RSVP is required for the hour-long session. After this trial class, Power Martial Arts will have a 12-week Abakidz session starting Tuesday.

Classes are scheduled twice a week, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 6-7 p.m. Thursdays. The fee is $600 for tuition and a $50 curriculum fee that includes the workbook and abacus. The preferred method of payment is cash or check.

Participants must wear socks and all must remove their shoes during the sessions.

For more information, visit http://www.tactilebrain.com , call (201) 224-5789 or e-mail ilovepowermartialarts@gmail.com.

Power Martial Arts is at 1282 Palisade Ave., Fort Lee.

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