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Post by jediwarrior on Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:39 pm

As there are many disabled martial artists doing the sport i wandered how your particular style accommodates people with a disability?. I think more people with a disability should take up martial arts and i personally know a few and they are as good if not more determined and push them selfs harder to progress and i have full respect for those people. Do you think more should be done to encourage disabled people ( sorry if not using right term ) to take it up the sport and show its not just for the full abled bodied individual?.

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Post by jediwarrior on Fri Jan 11, 2008 9:41 pm

Hi
i had a guy training for a while that was a kick boxer (3rd dan) had one leg and half of 1 arm was missing , good kick boxer as well , had his own club in chard a local town , those who train with me know mark , he struggled with credibility .
later in the year when my club has settled i may have him teach ,real funny guy ,

on the other hand we do special needs classes , that are very successful , always have good attendance , very keen group , i am o.c.d myself ( obsessive compulsive ) and on the autistic spectrum ( no I'm not like the chuffin rain man).
again never stopped me , that why i react to situation the way i do , like when that kind chap pointed out jedi's weakness , i feel that i spent a great deal of my life as an outsider due to my disorders , martial arts was the only place i fitted in ,we should be people with the highest understanding and patience , with the greatest empathy. i always feel that we are the extremities of society , very few ever want to go too the limits of mind and body that we do , and it takes extreme people , people on a journey with a purpose .we are all beyond the norm , it is our nature to push our ability's in focus , power,speed , pain etc.
a majority of people that come to us are there for a reason maybe bad confidence,self esteem, self image , fear , negatively, self defense , weight , bullying , the list goes on , and it is our job to help and build but mainly to inspire.
due to my o.c.d at it's worst (or best lol)i was training 6 hours a day 6 days a week.plus my theory study , and still hungery after 26 years, does that sound a negative! lol never get bored! or need a break!, it was a gift (it just took a while to understand it).
most people when they meet me ( mostly at seminars etc ) say
" i would never have guessed you had problems"
the answer always is the same " i ain't it's other people with the problems"
i learn t to live with ignorance and prejudice early on in my life .
i have also used martial arts to overcome obstacles and create illusions so that most cant spot it .
but i never hide the facts.
so i suppose this is a personal one for me.

cheers
matt

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