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    Best martial art for self defence and autistic child.

    Hi everyone,

    I'm new here but have known about Bullshido for a very long time and have previously studied Shotokan and Wushu when I was younger but not proficient in either.
    Anyway, I have an autistic 7 year old son who I want him to learn to defend himself for later on in life and to socialise and have discipline. What first martial art would everyone recommend? Though he is autistic he takes instruction very well but is extremely shy and it takes him a while to work up the confidence to do something.

    He had previously started aikido with his grandad (he was a stunt man and bodyguard for the Saudi embassy) but he is too old to teach him that now.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Whoa. Dude.

    Seven years old and has autism. Are you sure you want to teach him how to utilize violence? I mean, maybe start with something like a team sport like soccer or baseball before going down the rocky road of martial arts.

    Boxing, muay thai, BJJ if you want him to learn how to fight in a strategic and intelligent way. All of these have dangers because they are real physical and control is a huge issue that could lead him to being hurt or hurting someone else.

    Tai Chi and yoga if you want him to learn healthy exercises that won't put him in harm's way or encourage him to resort to violence unnecessarily.

    My heart goes out to you either way. My brothers' sons all have autism. Not just autism spectrum but non-verbal, repetitive action, stimulation averse autism.

    Are you 100% certain that he's equipped to handle the sensory input and chaos of combat sports?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TerraRazor View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I'm new here but have known about Bullshido for a very long time and have previously studied Shotokan and Wushu when I was younger but not proficient in either.
    Anyway, I have an autistic 7 year old son who I want him to learn to defend himself for later on in life and to socialise and have discipline. What first martial art would everyone recommend? Though he is autistic he takes instruction very well but is extremely shy and it takes him a while to work up the confidence to do something.

    He had previously started aikido with his grandad (he was a stunt man and bodyguard for the Saudi embassy) but he is too old to teach him that now.

    Thanks in advance.
    If he has issues with being touched, I recommend boxing.

    If not, Wrestling or Judo are excellent choices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dung Beatles View Post
    Whoa. Dude.

    Seven years old and has autism. Are you sure you want to teach him how to utilize violence? I mean, maybe start with something like a team sport like soccer or baseball before going down the rocky road of martial arts.

    Boxing, muay thai, BJJ if you want him to learn how to fight in a strategic and intelligent way. All of these have dangers because they are real physical and control is a huge issue that could lead him to being hurt or hurting someone else.

    Tai Chi and yoga if you want him to learn healthy exercises that won't put him in harm's way or encourage him to resort to violence unnecessarily.

    My heart goes out to you either way. My brothers' sons all have autism. Not just autism spectrum but non-verbal, repetitive action, stimulation averse autism.

    Are you 100% certain that he's equipped to handle the sensory input and chaos of combat sports?
    Ben Askren is autistic. Combat sports can be awesome for some autistic people.

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    I recommend judo for young kids. There is such a wide spectrum of autism that I can’t recommend based on that. You know your own kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerraRazor View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I'm new here but have known about Bullshido for a very long time and have previously studied Shotokan and Wushu when I was younger but not proficient in either.
    Anyway, I have an autistic 7 year old son who I want him to learn to defend himself for later on in life and to socialise and have discipline. What first martial art would everyone recommend? Though he is autistic he takes instruction very well but is extremely shy and it takes him a while to work up the confidence to do something.

    He had previously started aikido with his grandad (he was a stunt man and bodyguard for the Saudi embassy) but he is too old to teach him that now.

    Thanks in advance.
    You need to coordinate this closely and with the advise of your child's medical provider, and any other counseling/ers, private or at school he is getting.

    Another thing to consider is the self-defense aspect. He has to be able to understand when/how he can defend himself physically.

    On top of that, his overall long-term health and physical development should be part of that. That means being more focused on his general physical activity level and athletic development rather than "self defense".

    This is the same for all kids (and adults), not just ones on the autism spectrum.
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