About Al

Al Loren is the bestselling author of Martial Arts On The Autism Spectrum – Practical Tips From Three Decades Of Training Kids and Adults, an empowering book that showcases the benefits of martial arts training for individuals with autism and other neurodivergent traits.

With 44 years of martial arts experience in Karate, Kung Fu, Aikido, Tai Chi, and Jujitsu, Al Loren is a seasoned martial artist who has competed in numerous tournaments, including the U.S. Open and the World Championships.
Based in San Francisco, California, Al runs a thriving practice where he teaches Karate, Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and Aikido to a diverse range of students, including neurotypical children, adults, seniors, and individuals with autism and special needs.

Over his 33-year full-time teaching career, he has taught martial arts to individuals with autism and other special needs, witnessing how martial arts can offer an avenue for these students to learn, grow, move, and express their individuality while achieving meaningful, long-lasting emotional and health benefits.

Al holds a B.A. from the School of International Service at American University in Washington D.C. His book, Martial Arts On The Autism Spectrum, reflects his extensive experience and dedication to improving the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum through martial arts.

Qualifications

Yudansha Rank Sho Dan in Shuri-Ryu Karate Kempo and Tae Kwon Do in Team competition Wing Chun Practioner Tai Chi Chuan Master Teacher

National Champion Karate Aikido Brown Belt

“Every class and every student inspires me to continue sharing the empowering benefits of martial arts with the autism community”

My journey with martial arts has taught me the profound impact it can have on physical and mental well-being. When I saw how these practices could transform the lives of individuals with autism, helping them build confidence, coordination, and emotional resilience, I knew I had found my true calling. Every class and every student inspires me to continue sharing the empowering benefits of martial arts with the autism community.”
— Al Loren