Martial arts for special populations

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.

Patrick Parker, is a Christian, husband, father, judo and aikido teacher, Program Director for a Cardiac Rehab, and a Ph.D. Contact: or phone 601.248.7282

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  1. To your list I just wanted to add an inspiring figure for me in Goju Ryu - Sensei John Marrable. He's paraplegic and holds a 5th degree black belt. Really amazing guy.

    There's a video here of a demonstration he did fending off two attackers at the World Budosai in 2008.

  2. That was a pretty cool video, Krista. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Great post Patrick - the reason I started my blog is because there wasn't a lot on disabled people studying martial arts, so hopefully our respective blogs will assist in providing advice, support and a soundboard for those out there curious about the possibilities.

    Oh, and thanks for the plug as well :)


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