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ATA Martial Arts created Special Abilities classes in 2010 after meeting with special education parent advisory councils to learn from the parent’s point of view what is needed for special abilities students. We accept students throughout the special-needs spectrum including those with high and low-functioning abilities such as ADD and extreme autism and Asperger’s.
To be eligible to participate in our Special Abilities classes, you must be at least 6 years old and identified by an agency or professional as having one of the following conditions:
Intellectual Disabilities, Cognitive Delays as measured by formal assessment, and Significant Learning /Vocational problems due to cognitive delay that require/ have required specially designed instruction.
Students will learn the same Songahm curriculum as everyone within our academy, but in order to advance in rank, expectations are modified. To earn a new rank,
Special Abilities students will be asked to perform certain moves, or combos from the curriculum. An example of this is in a testing is performing a hook-kick round-kick combo from their designated ‘form’ with improved balance and improved height (as high as their belt). With weapons training, they might be asked to perform the 9 basic strikes with that weapon and break a board.
We change the class focus each testing cycle. All modifications take into consideration any muscular and coordination barriers the student might experience.
Yes, we offer a testing opportunity every 8-9 weeks in which your child may earn a new rank.
Yes! The ATA has a fantastic and thriving tournament circuit that now includes divisions specifically for Special Abilities.
They are separated by Autistic, Cognitive, and Physical. Special Abiliies rings are at every local tournament and across the Nation every year, you are able to attend with permision from your Instructors.
We do our best to prepare any student that wishes to compete as best as possible for their competition.