How Martial Arts Help Autism

Kids Karate in RaleighBeing a parent is a difficult, but rewarding job in normal circumstances. When you have a child with a disability, like autism, the challenges are different and harder to deal with at times. However, there is hope. Recent research shows that having a child with autism take martial arts can really benefit them. We talked about these benefits in our last post. Today’s read will look at how martial arts helps children deal with symptoms of autism. If you or your child are interested in learning martial arts, Gracie can help. We offer an alternative to kids karate in Raleigh NC. Keep reading to learn more.

Martial Arts Helps Autistic Children

Physically Helps

Within the autism spectrum stereotypy is how frequently a person repeats motions. These movements often appear obsessive. These motions can be detrimental at times. Within martial arts, repeated movements are the path to achieving fluency and mastery of forms, styles, and technique. In fact, the masters will tell you that you must do the same movement thousands and thousands of times to be ultimately successful. What was once a weakness now becomes a strength your autistic child can rely on.

Children with ASD also suffer from delays in developing gross motor skills. Gross motor skills are important for children. They help them perform every day functions, like walking and running, playground skills, and more. Martial arts can greatly improve your autistic child’s gross motor skills with typical instruction and reaction drills. The instructor gives a command with a demonstration and the students react and emulate. This type of training helps to develop the brain areas used for motor skills.

Martial arts will also help your child be more physically fit and healthy. Everyone needs to exercise, regardless of age, and children are not different. Enrolling them in Gracie Raleigh’s junior program is a great place to start. Please keep reading to learn more.

There are a lot more ways martial arts can help your child. In our next post we’re going to focus on the mental health side of coin. Please come back for part three soon. It will be published in August.

Gracie Raleigh | A Fun and Challenging Alternative To Kids Karate in Raleigh!

At Gracie, we have the perfect blend of martial arts and self defense training for adults as well as kids. We offer free classes for beginners, so you can always trust that you’re not going to get pressured into a gym membership or commitment. However, if you’re ready to take your training to the next level then we hope you’ll give us a call.

Our Junior Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Program was created so that your son or daughter will be armed with a strong set of values and solid personal character. Our world class instructors will teach them how to persevere through life’s tough goals. This program is specifically for girls and boys ages 6-12, and is different than kids karate in Raleigh. There are also no contracts required. We provide a safe and nurturing environment where your child will experience real team building, cooperation and respect. They’ll also learn other positive core values such as focus, discipline, persistence, and dedication. Please give us a call today to learn more.