Are there any disabled martial artist here?

Discussion in 'Disabled Martial Artists' started by wayofthedragon, Dec 18, 2003.

  1. wayofthedragon

    wayofthedragon The Defender

    Are there any disabled martialartist here????
    I'd like to know what disabilities you have, and how you cope with them in martial arts, and how martial arts have helped you in your disability?
  2. 47Ronin

    47Ronin New Member

    I broke or tore or whatever all the ligaments in my thumb if that counts. I just wear bigger gloves when fighting now.
  3. YODA

    YODA The Woofing Admin Supporter

    I think there's a difference between injured and disabled Ronin. That's why I didn't mention my bad knee & bad hips in the other thread. I maybe could have mentioned the ischemic heart disease though.
  4. Cain

    Cain New Member

    I am, but it does'nt interfere much with my training except sometimes when I punch where my little finger little finger sticks out. I have to adjust my angle or loosen my fist abit to avoid hurting my little finger.

    I won't get an operation, there's nothing wrong with my hand and I am used to it, my friends takes it as granted.

  5. Cain

    Cain New Member

    Clenched fist.

  6. Saz

    Saz Nerd Admin

    I've got a learning disability called Dyscalculia, which is basically a form of dyslexia related specifically to Math and Mathmatic related concepts. It affects my day to day life a great deal, as I can't handle dealing with even basic numeric tasks, like basic arithmatic, concepts of time, direction and distance.

    It has some effect on my martial arts training, but here's a quote from the Dyscalculia site ( that sums it up pretty well...

    "[Dyscalculic's] May have poor athletic coordination, difficulty keeping up with rapidly changing physical directions like in aerobic, dance, and exercise classes. Difficulty remembering dance step sequences, rules for playing sports."

    Kata, Kumite, and various other things take a lot more work to get right. Also, I get my left and right's endlessly muddled up.

    I feel not quite right even calling this a disability. I count myself to be lucky, I could have a lot worse to deal with.
  7. zun

    zun New Member

  8. God

    God New Member

    wow, that must be awful. i'm sorry to hear that.
  9. zun

    zun New Member

    I think a friend of mine may have the same condition. She's totally completely hopeless with any issue remotely related to Maths. Next I catch up with her (she's honeymooning in the US) I'll ask her to get herself checked out.

    However, her mind I think has fantastically compensated. Her language skills are amazing, socially she is very adept - even intuitive, and fantastic charisma. Totally anti-geek! :D
  10. TheBorderer

    TheBorderer New Member

    As for me I have dyspraxic/dysgraphic problems, both of which are classed as learning difficulties really. Dyspraxia(they always make these conditions so darned hard to spell don't they! :D) essential affects my co-ordination and such like, I didn't even know I had it until a year or so ago, I was tested at uni because I had particularly poor handwriting(which I later found to be the more 'dysgraphic' side of my 'problems') so was tested and found out I had these problems for since as long as I was a child and didn't know any the wiser, execpt seemed more clumsy and such than other children my age(I and my parents can look back at what I did and see how it related to what I have).

    I guess it's in part why I do Tae Kwon Do, so I know I can do 'complex' movements regardless of being slightly more 'clumsy' than most because of the condition I have. Ok so I sometimes get annoyed when learning new moves and patterns as I can't seem to synchronise them and such like(but then I can sometimes be too much the 'perfectionst' for my own good! :)), but I manage, I have managed since a kid without realising and anyone ever telling me.

    And again, it's not something I would call a 'disabillity' as such either (like Kgirl), it's more what's called a "special need" or "learning difficulty", and even so I am lucky with what I have, I have managed with it fine, even tho I could say to people "ok I can't do this well cos I have..." when I should do (say for course work at uni and that), I don't feel like I need to(maybe that is partly out of people's reaction, maybe also because I don't really wan't to play on it as an "excuse" when really it isn't it's the truth). Maybe I'm just stubborn. :D

    Just in case those are interested I did start another thread, just so anyone who wishes can get a general idea... How do any disabilities/learning difficulties effect your training in a MA?

    Do like the idea of this forum, it is good. Keep up the good work! :)
  11. Kwajman

    Kwajman Penguin in paradise....

    I teach a disabled martial arts class based on TKD. If you have any specific questions please PM me or whatever.... :p
  12. YODA

    YODA The Woofing Admin Supporter

    Let's hope "Whatever" means discuss it in this forum - that's why we set it up!
  13. WhiteWizard

    WhiteWizard Arctic Assasain

    Funnily enough i'm a disabled Martial Artist i have very poor eyesight and it can affect me in some areas. like refocusing on a target if i spin. Also wearing glasses isn't ideal but it would be a nightmare without them. I'm gonna try contacts in the new year see if that helps.
  14. Kwajman

    Kwajman Penguin in paradise....

    Sorry Yoda, I didn't mean to circumvent the forum. I know some people (like me) would rather pm someone than ask what they feel is a dumb question.
  15. KickChick

    KickChick Valued Member

    .. FYI ... I moved that thread over to this forum.

    Great idea.. spread the word!
  16. Infesticon #1

    Infesticon #1 Majesticon

    hmm, I always have to put asthma as a disability on forms, but my inhaler usually takes care of that for me.
  17. Kwajman

    Kwajman Penguin in paradise....

    I have exercise induced asthma also, but with my inhaler it keeps my instructor from knowing....
  18. morphus

    morphus Doobrey

    I teach a couple of children with learning difficulties - things like dispracia (not sure how you spell it) & ADH - they are quite difficult to teach. As they are only children it's difficult to ask how it affects them.
  19. YODA

    YODA The Woofing Admin Supporter

    You should tell your instructor anyway.
  20. Jewbacca

    Jewbacca New Member

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