University of Central Florida Finds Judo May Help Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder

According to the University of Central Florida , researchers have found that Judo may help those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. “While karate, a form of martial arts, has documented benefits for the autism population related to social interaction, we hypothesized that the emphasis on mindfulness and self-defense promoted by judo would provide additional benefits for ASD youth,” says Jeanette Garcia, an assistant professor in the College of Health Professions and Sciences who led the study. “Indeed, our study shows that judo not only promotes social skills, but is well accepted by this population and is a great program for reducing sedentary behavior and increasing confidence.” The study’s findings were published in late December 2019 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. At TEO BJJ, we have believed this for many years, which is why we developed our Special Needs Program in house. Teo BJJ is honored to offer Martial Arts for Special Needs Students.  This is a perfect program for those with special needs or who have Autism Spectrum Disorder.  The Clinical Benefits include:    
  • Balance and Coordination
  • Gross / Fine Motor Skills
  • Hand and Eye Coordination
  • Sensory Stimulation
  • Builds Self Confidence
  • Increases Self Esteem
  • Anxiety Relief
The Martial Arts Benefits encompass:
  • Discipline and Respect
  • Complete Mind and Body Workout
  • Goal Setting Skills
  • Social Interaction and Camaraderie
  • Improves Focus and Concentration
  • Improves Self Control
  • Self Defense
We pride ourselves in offering personalized and individual attention to every one of our students.  We will focus on the individual child’s needs and develop life skills through the practice of martial arts.  “Our mission is to teach our child how to transfer the lessons from the dojo in to academic success in the classroom…and life.” Download our PDF: Martial Arts for Special Needs Students If you would like to try out a class, please contact us for a free week of lessons (available for new students only)!