SANDY, Utah — Last summer, we first heard of Ethan Fineshriber. He became known as the boy who shattered autistic stereotypes, winning a world title in Martial Arts.
Ethan was diagnosed with autism at age 3. A couple years later, his mother, Mara, decided he needed more exercise and to interact with others. She gave Ethan a choice between soccer, t-ball or karate.
Ethan wasn’t interested in the first two options, so Mara took him to the nearest local ATA Taekwondo School. The Sandy boy was reluctant at first, but he eventually fell in love with the sport.
Ethan boy learned focus, discipline, self-confidence and determination. As he started to compete, he began to win.
At the suggestion of his coaches, Ethan began competing in national competitions where he would take First Place. Finally, his eye was on a World Title. Three years ago, Ethan began his quest. In early July, he completed at the ATA World Championship …