Autism Spectrum Disorder (A.S.D.) and the Benefits of Training Karate

Autism Spectrum Disorder (A.S.D.) and the Benefits of Training Karate

Karate is rewarding for people with A.S.D. People with A.S.D. constantly find the need to indirectly start engaging in repetitive activities and Karate, specifically Kata and Kihon, fill the negative void repetitive actions can lead to. It also fills the social gap by having people in the same class with similar interests and wavelength throughout the spectrum.

            Several studies were done to show how Karate can benefit people with A.S.D. and how it lifts their social awareness and emotional self-confidence. In the act of three separate studies lead by the same team of Researchers, information was found that justifies and includes people with A.S.D. as competent individuals when participating in Karate classes. People with A.S.D. yielded results such as uncannily precise movements with Kihon and Kata. Other results included in the other studies were the decrease in Stereotype, or stereotypical behavior, and the improvement of social dysfunction of individuals with A.S.D.

Many stereotypical people with A.S.D. find the need to feel a form of physical stimuli that positively affect them. Using calisthenics, or body weight training, can further relieve the need for physical stimuli many people with A.S.D. feel the need to engage in. Many people with A.S.D. would stereo typically feel the physical urge to constantly be rocking or flapping their arms; Karate stops that need and replaces it with positive activities.

The physical conditioning that Karate enables one to have leads to building one’s in-vulnerabilities they would otherwise have, had they not engaged in Karate activities. Watching out for social cues and physical interactions that visual learning can provide, through the usage of Karate and fitness, leave positive impacts on individuals with A.S.D.

Through these great notions that Karate provides for people that fall under the category of A.S.D., it provides a structure and a balance to their daily lives. It provides a caste system through the inclusion of the karate belt ranking. Having this form of community, the caste system provides, allows a sense of fulfillment as if one is part of a greater whole. It models for many students’ great behaviors and physical growth as well as a moral integrity for what is right and wrong.


By Saul A. Herman

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