When you attend your first karate lesson you leave the world behind and realize this is a new journey dedicated to your personal growth. As a child, you will develop better attention at home and school, better coordination and speed to become a better athlete, more respect and courtesy to make more friends, better cooperation and trust for greater family relationships. As a teenager or adult, you will learn situational awareness, not to be a victim, becoming a healthy, centered individual. Action Karate offers martial arts instruction in a safe and positive environment.
Action Karate is a community based school offering Birthday Parties, Karate Kamps, School Programs, Self Defense for community businesses and police officers, and demonstrations for events. We are actively involved in Charitable causes and Character Counts coalition. Special Needs students respond amazingly well to the structure of the martial arts.
Action Karate has had great success over the last thirteen years teaching children with autism. We are always striving to learn new methods to improve our service to students with special needs. Physical activity is important for anyone. Unfortunately, children with autism don’t have the number of options for sports and play as everyone else. In an effort to increase options for all children, Action Karate is offering more classes – private and semi private, for children with autism.
Classes are offered 6 days a week, pick any 2 days convenient for you, not necessarily the same 2 every week! See Class Schedule.
- Action Karate
- 594 East Broad Street
- Souderton, PA 18964
What the Experts Have to Say
Exercise and physical fitness are important components of a healthy lifestyle. This is especially true for individuals with autism, as children with autism have been found to have low levels of physical fitness (Auxter, Pyfer & Huettig, 1997). Physical activity can be instrumental for a person with autism to assist with his or her sensory integration, coordination, muscle tone, and social skills development. Yilmaz, Yanardag, Birkan, and Bumin (2004) found that cardio-respiratory, flexibility, balance, agility, and strength increased and stereotypical behaviors decreased after swimming.
In addition, children with autism may possess low levels of physical fitness (Auxter, Pyfer, & Huettig, 1997). This can be compounded by the fact that this population tends to have lower levels of interest or motivation to participate in games. Physical activity programs for children with autism may promote appropriate behaviors and improve cardiovascular endurance at the same time – two for one benefits. The purpose of this article is to discuss some instructional guidelines for developing activity programs in which children who are autistic (ages 5 to 8 years) can be motivated to participate in physical activities.
Brandon is enrolled at Action Karate and is doing well. He has good and bad days, but the staff are very understanding and patient, and continually work with him to improve his focus, as well as his physical abilities. As a family, we have had a wonderful experience with the staff at Action Karate.