Autism & Martial Arts

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Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Intervention Study

We are currently recruiting local families to participate in a research study examining the role of an adaptive MMA program on well-being outcomes in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Families are eligible to participate in this study if:

  • Your child has been clinically diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Your child is between the ages of 8 and 11 years old. 
  • Your child is NOT currently enrolled in any other martial arts classes.

Participation in the study involves:

  1. Parent completion of an online questionnaire (~1 hour)
  2. Two visits to UC Irvine for diagnostic and social & cognitive assessments of child (~1.5 hours each, separated by ~13 weeks)
  3. Participation in a FREE adaptive MMA program specially designed for students with special needs (26 classes at 45 minutes each)

Families will be compensated up to $50 for their participation in the questionnaires and visits to the university.

ENROLLMENT: To receive more information, please submit your contact information to our secure online interest form, and a member of our research team will then call you with more information: click here.

Click for a copy of the Recruitment Flyer – Martial Arts
For additional questions, please contact lead researcher, Janice Phung, M.A. (