In 2018, Sensei Rob James began running Kyokushin Karate classes for children on the autism spectrum. Sensei Rob is a KIMAA accredited dojo operator based in Brisbane, Queensland, who first began training with Hanshi Howard Lipman almost three decades ago.
Sensei Rob commenced these classes as he believes in the power of martial arts to make a difference. He has had a few kids on the spectrum pass through his dojo over the years, and they were all stand outs. “Every single one of them.” Sensei Rob was inspired to promote and dedicate classes for these children. He ended up with 8 kids in the 8-week trial period at the Pine Rivers PCYC.
Some of the children in the classes would not even speak, yet every student was committing to a loud kiai after only one class. They were all enthusiastic and took to Sensei Rob without much effort. From there, everything flowed into a very relaxing atmosphere. They handled the etiquette and discipline with aplomb, as a clear structure often does for children on the spectrum.
The classes comprise everything from basic technique and fitness to studying the movements of the first forms (kata), and even some self-defence applications.
Sensei Rob will resume these classes in the very near future. All enquiries should be directed to Sensei at the contact details on the Brisbane Dojo page.