Other than the excellent blog at Gisoku Budo, Mokuren Dojo is the only blog I know of that has dedicated a significant number of posts to the topic of martial arts for people with physical disabilities (or perhaps just other-abilities). These posts come from the perspective of having taught a blind aikido/jodo student, a one-armed aikido student, and a lot of older students ranging in age from their 50's to their 80's. Now I'm not saying that aging=disability, but certainly the elderly have differing capabilities as opposed to young adults. These are all special populations.
If you are interested in this topic, check out the following articles, and by all means, follow the Gisoku Budo blog.
- A video about an elderly sensei in a wheelchair
- A video about an extremely elderly judoka
- Some thoughts about teaching aikido to older adults
- More on martial arts for older adults
- Making the most of the time we have left
- Working with a blind girl with a weapon
- More on visually-impaired aikido
- Jodo for the visually impaired
- A blind white-belt girl taught me a fine lesson
Patrick Parker, is a Christian, husband, father, judo and aikido teacher, Program Director for a Cardiac Rehab, and a Ph.D. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 601.248.7282