How Martial Arts Helps Kids on The Autism Spectrum

Tallahassee Parents,

If you have a child on the Autism Spectrum and have not researched martial arts, you might be missing out on a great opportunity. Martial Arts has many benefits and can really help your child further develop.


Martial arts like other sports requires repetition to improve motor skills, movement, flexibility and mind body awareness. A few things that makes martial arts unique in comparison to other sports is you are required to use both sides of your body. Martial arts also requires the smaller muscles required for balance and improved motor skills to fire during its unique movements. Put both of these together and students receive a mind body connection that no other activity can match.


Although students train in a classroom setting, everyone is treated as an individual. This unique class structure lets kids of all different levels improve at their pace. Students will be able to advance based on their personal improvements as opposed to a “one size fits all” setting. These advancements build confidence in students of all learning levels while encouraging them to work harder and strive for more as they advance through the ranking system.

Highly Skilled Instructors

Most martial art academies have a head instructor who has many years of teaching under their belt and experience working with many different personalities. The result, your child is taught by professionals experienced in teaching children. You could say it is like having a therapist, life coach, and fitness trainer all rolled up into one.

These are just a few of the benefits students on the autism scale can experience in a martial arts program. If you have not considered researching a martial arts program for your child, it is certainly worth your effort!

If you are interested in contacting Brad Fantle for speaking engagements you may reach him by email at He is a 7th Degree Black Belt with Tiger Rock Martial Arts, has 25 years experience working with children and teaching self-defense, an ADHD Coach and has a BA in Sports & Fitness from the University of Alabama

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