It was the middle of October 2000. I had just returned from Little Rock, Arkansas having attended the funeral of my longtime friend and mentor, Grand Master H.U. Lee. I had met Grand Master Lee at his first school in Omaha back in 1968. Soon after meeting him, he had told me, “you’re going to […]
Benefits of Karate
Not only does martial arts provide many physical benefits, but it also gives you a great sense of discipline and achievement as you work your way up to a black belt. By improving your skills during practice, you can build a healthier body, mind, and lifestyle. Martial Arts is an excellent activity to take part […]
Exercise is essential for every kid (and adult), but kids who have problems with learning and paying attention may have a more difficult time finding a sport or activity that’s right for them. These kids may not have the physical or social skills to be part of some teams, they may not have enough coordination […]
On average, children in the U.S. watch four to six hours of television each day. By the time they are 18 most will have spent more time watching television than in the classroom. Excessive viewing of violence can numb a child’s sympathy towards victims of violence and cause them to play more aggressively. They can […]
Patterning in martial arts may help reduce stereotypic activity in autism.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (link is external) refers to those who have difficulties with social interactions and communications. Across people there can be a huge variability in presentation of so-called “symptoms,” hence the use of “spectrum” in the overall term.
I’m not a big fan of labeling, so now that I’ve got this out of the way, for the rest of this post we’ll just talk about the “autism spectrum” and not “people with,” those “disabled” by, etc. It is what it is and lots of people do very well and have great lives. I don’t want to diminish them by using even accidentally pejorative language. Instead I want the focus on the potential everyone has.