News: Judo

UCF Health Sciences Faculty Jeanette Garcia’s Research Explores Sustainable Wellness for Children with ASD

Written By: Mikita Nayee | June 2, 2022
The prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a neurodevelopment disorder associated with a range of social communication impairments, restricted and repetitive behaviors, and other health issues, is on the rise...

UCF helps empower kids with autism through Judo

Written By: BRI MACNAUGHT | SPECTRUM NEWS 13 | May 4, 2022
It’s a Saturday afternoon as Brian Burns and his dad get ready for Judo class, but it’s not just any Judo class. “We developed a judo program for children with...

UCF Research Program Tracking Autism Behaviors with Mixed Martial Arts

Written By: Arianna Anaya | April 5, 2022
Studying the effects of how judo, a form of mixed martial arts, can change physical behaviors within autism children around the UCF community started with assistant professor Jeanette Garcia. The...

UCF Study: Judo May Help Health, Social Interaction of Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Written By: Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala | January 9, 2020
Judo may be just the right sport to increase the physical activity level among children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and holds promise for reducing sedentary behavior, which is linked...

Autistic kids blossom after taking judo classes through UCF program

Written By: MIKE CANDELARIA | September 10, 2018
Structure, discipline and confidence are proving to be worthy opponents in the battle against autism. Shinjiro Sasaki, a fourth-degree black belt in judo, is perhaps at his most masterful in...

In New Study, Children With Autism Learn the Gentle Way of Judo

Written By: Camille Dolan | July 18, 2018
For one hour each week, children in a new UCF research study shed their label of autism, don white uniforms called judogis and become judokas — practitioners of the martial...

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