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Discussion in 'Disabled Martial Artists' started by WhiteWizard, Dec 23, 2003.

  1. Ancientharp

    Ancientharp klutzy thread assassin

    No worries. I feel sort of silly sticking my head out and saying 'look at me!', but if you found it helpful, then I'm glad.
  2. sabco

    sabco Valued Member

    I know what you mean. I only decided to start a blog because I could find nothing on the net in my area (South Australia) that seemed to cater for my martial arts needs. I think people have to stick their head out otherwise we will not be able to spot each other and therefore help each other out. So good on you.
  3. Ancientharp

    Ancientharp klutzy thread assassin

    This is a true fact :)
  4. Scooter Shinobi

    Scooter Shinobi New Member

    Name: Mike

    Style: Ninjutsu (Bujinkan)

    About me: I've had cerebral palsy since birth. I've been training in Ninjutsu for a little over a year now. I'm still a lowly white belt, just a tadpole. But man has the Ninjutsu ever helped my disability! I hope to one day reach 1st dan, but that's a bit of a ways... one day I'll get there, though!
  5. gorinnosho

    gorinnosho Kendo Addict

    Name: gorinnosho
    Style: Shukokai
    The rest: I'm long sighted with moderate hearing loss since birth, i've Don't ****o-ryu for 7 years and am a 1st kyu, going for shodan this year. i am also into kendo.
  6. ClappedOut

    ClappedOut New Member

    Name: Ray
    Style: Previously studied wing chun for a year

    Hi everyone my name is Ray and I suffer from various spinal problems and a busted left knee. I used to thoroughly enjoy martial arts before my accident left me unable to do much of anything. I can still move at a slow pace and have full use of my arms so I still intend to take up a new martial art.
  7. finite monkey

    finite monkey Thought Criminal

    Hi My name is Alex. I have my health thank God
    My judo club is looking into providing Special Needs judo and I am hungry for knowlege
    I also train TKD and kung fu san soo
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2011
  8. Hapuka

    Hapuka Te Aho

    Laura White Te-Aho.

    Boxing and Muay Thai.

    About Me
    I have been a practitioner of the martial arts since I was 14. I have Aspergers syndrome, I'm a slow learner and easily find myself disorientated. However the martial arts has seemed to be one of the few things I've managed to pick up, focus on and stick with. My only regret is not taking it up sooner.
  9. Ziptie125

    Ziptie125 New Member


    Kuk Sool Won but moving to Aikido

    About me
    I was always in love with learning martial arts and when i hit college, I was finally able to go to a school regularly, Due to a previous injury getting worse, half of what makes my shoulder socket had to be removed this year. At this point I can't even throw a proper punch with major pain, but things are getting better. I'm moving to aikido because the idea of fluid motion and minimal movement sounds like my best option right now
  10. KG6EYR

    KG6EYR New Member

    Alrighty... The new home away from home - where the shop-talk of disabilities and medical conditions won't easily derail a topic...

    Max E. Meier, III

    Kodokan Judo, American Karate (Or simply, bits and pieces of everything, but my foundation is Kodokan Judo and Shotokan Karate)

    About Me:

    I was born with fool diplegic Cerebral Palsy, and I ambulate with and without forearm crutches. I have some neurological deficit in my upper body, mostly in fine-motor skills, with my lower extremities suffering from both fine-and-gross motor skills, including balance. I'm a huge computer nerd, or at least was until depression started taking it's toll on my life, and I love to play video games.

    I feel really hesitant to post this detail here, but since we're all so open, I figure it's best to just let it fly from the closet. I have been a medicinal marijuana user for a few years now, and seemingly nobody in my dojo is bothered by it.

    I'm also an avid insomniac (not by choice), as well as having an IQ of 165 and being a jack-of-all-trades. I'd add more, but frankly, I'm exhausted...
  11. taichi bob

    taichi bob Valued Member

    Hi, I have oesteo arthritis...both hips knees and ankles...right knee has a partial plastic replacement, so I tend to wobble about a getting into this wing chun me a real nifty system...was involved with tai chi...had a go at tomiki akido,..11 years Uechi ryu..was in on the one set in this country me thinks, still practise on my style karate?? and pottered about a bit in one or two other systems...started when I was 19 now an oap...jeez I have to wait another ten years for my free tv all take care now.
  12. G50

    G50 Night Owl

    Name - G50

    Styles - TKD and HKD.

    About me - I have Asperger's Syndrome and have a unknown Medical disability. I have to overcome both to get through classes.

    Because of horrible personal treatment growing up, my AS also causes me to be phobic of my Master(s). It has been a rough road, but I've been getting through it.
  13. Dean Winchester

    Dean Winchester Valued Member


    We seem to have a fair few people on MAP who are on the spectrum, me being one of them :D

    Enjoy your stay.
  14. Blade96

    Blade96 shotokan karateka

    Also diagnosed as on the spectrum when i was about 26 years old. No need for introductions for me though. :p
  15. oldgoat

    oldgoat New Member

    I'm a disgustingly healthy 70yr old, devoted runner and MA. My two kids(in their 40s now) are both severly disabled. My son beat cancer(given a 10% chance to live). He had a hemipelvectomy and beat that also, wasn't supposed to walk but walks with a built up shoe and lots of balls. He's a prodigal son(patient) at UCLA Medical Center. My daughter has Progressive MS and it's indeed progressing. She's wheelchair bound. She lives in Minnesota and my wife and I moved here to help her and her family. We lived our last 42yrs in Las Vegas. My last ten years were spent studying Shaolin Kempo. The last couple yrs I was an instructor, 75 students, all ages.

    I also started a program for kids with cancer. All free of course, gi's and everything. I had 13 cancer kids in all stages. I left the program in good hands when we moved to Minnesota. Now here in St Cloud, MN I'm starting the same program but it's a bit harder than in Las Vegas since I have no backing.

    I'll get it done. My program will be called KicksandChords. My goal is simple and a win win for the kids, their parents and any dojo that wants to participate.

    I have so much respect for the disabled martial artists on this forum. You are the real definition of Warrior. That term is thrown around cheaply but you guys & girls are the real Warriors.
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2012
  16. slimbo

    slimbo New Member

    Hello all.
    I'll keep it brief. Various mental health issues, mainly agoraphobia, not been more than half a mile from home in 20 years. Arthritis and gout as well only adds to the fun!!!
    My neighbour was a Wing-chun instructor, free private lessons!!! but has recently moved. (un)fortunatley for me, a Wudang tai Chi class has started at the end of my road. Better than nothing, right? Not dissing tai-chi btw, just a little sceptical about it's real world effectiveness. Hoping to be proved wrong.
    Take care guys n gals. :)
  17. joe schmoe

    joe schmoe New Member

    Joe Schmoe


    Mang Ho Kwan style Tae Kwon Do

    About Me

    First, I thought i had physical limitations...My hat is off to everyone who has posted here, you all are TRUE WARRIORS for over-coming serious disabilities to train and learn Martial Arts.

    Have always wanted to train but never had the discipline to do so until now (48 years old)

    I have osteoarthritis in both knees, my right knee is bone on bone which requires me to where a knee brace about 95% of the time and the doctor wants to do a knee replacement. However, I am to young to have one, yet... The left knee just got scoped 4 weeks ago and they found a torn meniscus, torn cartridge, and good ole' osteoarthritis...No brace is required for this knee but with both knees now falling apart this is impacting my training significantly...Dyslexia is also there but work extra hard to not let it get in the way...:bang:

    Just have to work through it and keep on keepin' on!!
  18. 607leighm

    607leighm New Member

    Hi Guys & Girls,

    My name is Mark. I was born with a walking disability which is a form of Hereditary fool Paraplegia. Basically that is tension in the muscle in the lower limbs to the point where i am unable to full straighten my legs. This causes problems when walking.

    I started doing martial arts as a junior. Mainly Karate and Aikido until my disability got to the point were i was unable to stand. Some 6 years later i was backing giving martial arts another shot taking up bjj. I have just moved to a MMA gym and really wanting to give it a proper shot!!

    All the best guys.
    Good luck to you all.
  19. Simon

    Simon Administrator Admin Supporter MAP 2017 Koyo Award

    Welcome to MAP Mark.
  20. S89

    S89 Mad?

    I was born with a mild form of cerebral palsy (my motor skills are affected, as is my balance but I am able to walk).

    I formally started martial arts a few years ago (after being interested in them my whole life, I took the plunge). I really enjoyed the style of kung fu I was studying and the instructors were really helpful, but I guess you could say that later on I found that the style was not for me. I was perhaps a bit too self conscious and hesitant at the time, and over thought things. The stances did help my balance though, and after a while I became able to do certain movements more accurately than I previously could.

    Having said that, I'm grateful for the time I spent there, and the help I was given even though the organisation and I were following separate paths so to speak.

    I recently started training in a different style a few weeks ago and am loving it so far. Granted, there are some things I can't do properly (like some of the warm up exercises), but the instructors are more than happy to let me go at my own pace.

    I've just gotta go one step at a time, but I know my obstacles can be overcome with perseverance and effort.

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