Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
In 2011, ATA partnered with Autism Speaks to promote awareness of the life-changing benefits that children and families may experience through martial arts training, to educate instructors about autism and autism spectrum disorders, and to raise funds supporting the crucial missions of Autism Speaks.
Songahm Taekwondo, the curriculum taught at licensed locations, systematically promotes discipline, honor, self-control, respect, courtesy, perseverance and loyalty, learned behaviors that extend far beyond the mats. Songahm Taekwondo is taught at the ability level of each student and focuses on personal development of the mind and body. The pace of progress depends on the individual.
Three fundamentals of Songahm Taekwondo are increasing attention, self-control, and self-discipline. In a great number of autistic individuals, these core attributes have shown to be effective in achieving personal advancements while overcoming developmental obstacles. Because physical education can be challenging to autistic children, exercise opportunities are often limited. Martial arts, however, can provide a way for individuals with autism to participate in specifically designed workouts and classes while helping to strengthen their physical condition and social activities.
Learn more about Autism Speaks at www.autismspeaks.org.
Olweus - The World's Foremost Bullying Prevention Program
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) is the most researched and best-known bullying prevention program available today. With over thirty-five years of research and successful implementation all over the world, OBPP is a whole-school program that has been proven to prevent or reduce bullying throughout a school setting.
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is designed for students in elementary, middle, and junior high schools (students ages five to fifteen years old). Research has shown that OBPP is also effective in high schools, with some program adaptation.
ATA joined forces Olweus in 2010 to integrate bullying prevention strategies with martial arts training. Hundreds of instructors certified in the ATA have received this vital safety training which they, in turn, have presented to tens of thousands of children across the country through seminars and special events. Learn more about Olweus atwww.violencepreventionworks.org. To find an ATA bullying prevention specialist near you and discover how ATA is using proven methods to educate students and parents alike, go towww.ATALeadershipNOW.com.
The President's Challenge is a national, non-partisan fitness campaign operated by the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition that aims to encourage all Americans to "make being active part of their everyday lives" and to be physically fit. The campaign offers the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) program for starters and Presidentís Champions program for more active people. ATA has been a proud advocate of the Presidentís Challenge since November 2010, pledging to promote the program to members and licensees indefinitely to get martial artists enrolled and winning. The goal is to reduce the rising rates of obesity and related health problems worldwide, particularly in the United States, by raising the profile of martial arts as a healthy lifestyle choice that everyone can and should make. Engaging in the Presidentís Challenge fitness campaign also bolsters the Ďfitnessí image and credentials of ATA martial arts training, with tangible results for licensees.
Always one to lead by example, Grand Master In Ho Lee, 9th Degree Black Belt, Dae Sah Boo Nim of WTTU/ATA/STF, enrolled first in the PALA program, earning his award in record time. He then entered the Champions program, logging daily workouts and other rigorous activities into the website, and with steady progress soon achieved Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels in the Challenge, with Platinum his ultimate goal (which he will reach this fall!) His supreme example has inspired almost 1,100 martial artists to join the Presidentís Challenge with ATA so far, about a quarter of whom have won at least one program level. Winners may add an official patch to their traditional white uniforms (see your instructor for proper placement) and add their names to the official Winners List on ATALeadershipNOW.com. To join the campaign, simply visit the portal page att https://www.presidentschallenge.org. To learn more, visitt ATALeadershipNOW.com.
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