The art of Karate has always been  popular because of its known benefits such as:

-Self respect/respect others
-Improves self esteem

Karate is a fun way for both boys and girls to achieve fitness and focus, it also help teach self-discipline and socialization skills. In fact, many parents whose children have attentiondeficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) report great success with these programs because self-control and concentration are exactly the skills underdeveloped in ADHD kids.

A typical class begins and ends with a bow to the Sensei. After a warm-up, students practice Shotokan's particular skills, which includes kicks, punches, blocks and Kata (sequenced moves) Each requires concentration and strict attention.

Progress is often marked by the belt system, which takes the beginner from a white belt through a variety of colors until black. Testing for each new level, generally every three months, keeps the child motivated to keep moving forward.

But, it's the respect kids learn, whether from bowing or standing still and waiting for the next move that can be the most important benefit..

It often carries over into school, helping to improve behavior and even grades,setting them up for success in life.

Autism & ADD Karate Classes

Ages 4 & up

Martial arts classes require quite a bit of social interaction. There is interaction between the teacher and student, as well as plenty of interaction with other classmates. Many drills and activities require a partner and/or cooperation with  other students. This helps in nurturing a comfort level for autistic kids, as they become more familiar with their surroundings and others in your martial arts school.

The autism spectrum contains a lot of repetitive behaviors, as does martial arts. Many martial art forms or techniques must be performed many,  times, in order to achieve fluency and mastery. Stereotypy is the measure of how frequently someone in the autism spectrum exhibits repetitive motions.

Studies shows that students who learned karate kata, or patterns, which requires a large amount of repetition, exhibit a large and significant reduction in stereotypy after one month of training. With lifelong learning, martial arts and autism create a lasting symbiotic relationship that greatly benefits students.

Motor skills are another faculty the autism spectrum can have difficulty with. Motor planning can be a difficulty for many but learning the necessary body positions and techniques in martial arts can yield huge improvements.

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