Junior Special Needs Program

Individualized Instruction for Behavioral & Learning Challenges

Is Martial Arts Right for Your Child?

Personalized Service for Special Needs

As a parent of a child who may have special needs, it can be challenging to find an after-school activity that meets your child’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional needs. At the Scottsdale Martial Arts Center, we understand that each child is unique and learns in a different manner. Our experienced instructors combine a variety of teaching techniques and strategies that enable children with different types of learning abilities to grasp and perform the fundamentals of karate.

  • Structural – logical, sequential, systematic curricula.
  • Sociological – peer learning, group activities, partnering, etc.
  • Auditory – explanation, discussion, etc.
  • Visual – simulation, demonstration, etc.
  • Kinesthetic – continuous movement, physical exercises, etc.
  • Humorous – elective activities should be fun!

Experienced, Compassionate Staff

At the Scottsdale Martial Arts Center, our karate instructors have years of teaching experience. Chief karate instructor and owner, Sensei Ray Hughes, has close to 40 years of experience teaching students of all ages — from toddlers to senior adults.

Sensei Ray has also taught many children with a wide variety of learning disorders and special needs — and has passed his expertise to his staff of instructors. The Scottsdale Martial Arts Center works with students who have been diagnosed with various disorders and disabilities, including:

  • ADD
  • AD/HD
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Speech/Learning/Development Conditions

Individualized Teaching, Enhanced Learning and Life Skills

We recognize that children with special needs require special attention. That’s why we encourage you to speak with us about your child’s specific needs and goals. We listen and apply the appropriate teaching techniques and strategies to help your child thrive in our program.

In many cases, progress made within our program has resulted in improvements in a child’s overall learning abilities and behaviors. Learning karate reinforces many principles and life skills — including respectfulness, courtesy, accountability, responsibility and focus. And karate adds a physical discipline, which can be beneficial for many children with learning disorders.

How Can Your Child Benefit from Martial Arts?

Children with special needs, behavioral and/or learning difficulties — including autism, ADD and AD-HD — can benefit from the structured learning environment that martial arts provide. Martial arts help children to:

  • Improve self-control.
  • Enhance social skills.
  • Boost self-confidence / self-esteem.
  • Improve focus / concentration.
  • Increase stamina / physical strength.
  • Improve balance / coordination.

Call us at 480.951.2716 to schedule a private meeting to determine if our program is right for your child. You and your child can also “test drive” our program in an introductory class to determine if martial arts is a good fit for your family.

Students learn at an individual pace and progress based on their specific levels of ability and effort. Karate welcomes individuality, and the Scottsdale Martial Arts Center has put systems in place to provide additional assistance for those students with unique needs. For instance, for children with ADD and AD/HD, consistency and routine are essential. Unlike other sports programs, Scottsdale Martial Arts Center offers a consistent schedule of classes year-round — only closing for major holidays.

What Our Students Have to Say

Our son, Michael, was diagnosed with autism at 18 months old. In addition to daily speech, occupational, development, vision and music therapy, Michael has participated in karate at the Scottsdale Martial Arts Center since he was a toddler. From day one, Michael was welcomed with open arms to this accepting, inspiring school — and has never been judged during his sometimes frequent emotional outbursts. Combining Sensei Ray’s determination and humor with Sensei Tyler’s unwavering guidance and gentleness has enabled Michael to progress in karate and in life.

The Scottsdale Martial Arts Center has been instrumental in Michael’s physical and emotional development. Due to Autism, Michael has ‘low muscle tone’. Karate improves his strength, balance and coordination. In addition to muscle core, karate helps improve Michael’s ‘mental core’ — increasing his focus, memory and self-discipline. Karate enhances Michael’s social and interpersonal skills as well. It has given him self-confidence and a sense of pride in his accomplishments. In addition to karate, Michael learns daily life lessons, enabling him to improve his social interaction skills with peers and teachers.

— The Henry Family

Give Us a Try, Risk Free

We welcome you to observe our classes. Plus, our complimentary introductory class enables your child to “test drive” our program and experience our teaching techniques. This is an opportunity to help you determine if karate and its environment are conducive to your child. Sensei Ray encourages parents of all prospective students to meet with him to discuss the program.