Sunday, October 20, 2019

Martial Arts for the Disabled

Martial arts for the disabled covers a broad spectrum of self, defence and combat and is becoming more popular as new clubs and associations spring up.  This ABLEize section offers information, training and support for people with disabilities and special needs interested in martial arts including judo, kickboxing, karate and taekwondo. Martial arts is practiced for various reasons including combat skills, fitness, self-defense, sport, self-cultivation, meditation, mental discipline, character development and building self-confidence, or any combination of the above.

There is a great diversity and abundance of martial arts, however fitness and enjoyment of the sport takes precedence in the area of martial arts for the disabled and is enjoyed by many disabilities such as the blind, deaf, wheelchair users and a range of special needs. Browse through the martial arts for disabled people below to find your area of interest.

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Promoting opportunities in exercise and martial arts for all including wheelchair users and those with special needs. Find out about taster sessions and training in Bristol.

A charity promoting disabled martial arts and raising awareness of people with disability’s who wish to return to the sport.

An intriguing story supplied by the Mail Online highlighting the achievements of spina bifida Carl Hodgetts in becoming a black belt kickboxing instructor despite being paralysed from the waist down. Read the full story with images and details of the sport.

Promoting inclusive judo for the disabled and special needs including autism both nationally and internationally. Site offer details of the sport, future events and how to get involved.

The official website of Simon Jackson MBE Judo winner in the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics. Site provides interviews, video clips and an overview of judo within the Paralympics along with past and future events and competitions.

Details of an inclusive judo education and training resource in Scotland with details of club locations and how to get involved.

A European foundation dedicated to promoting judo for people with special needs and disabilities providing details of this form of martial arts and how to get involved.

The Scottish Special Needs Judo Group trains monthly offering one to one Judo sessions that cater for members with special needs. Glasgow based.

Highlights the life of Bob Banham, a Taekwondo teacher diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Norwich based.