SHIRUDO martial arts is not just a sport for those already in peak physical shape. It’s an excellent sport for kids and adults with disabilities, both physically and mentally. At the heart of the practice, martial arts teaches individuals how to compete with themselves and not with others.

How martial arts benefit those with disabilities

Often, individuals with disabilities need to work on life skills. Practicing SHIRUDO martial arts gives them the opportunity to improve themselves every day at their own pace and at their own skill level.

SHIRUDO Martial arts training can even be an excellent complement to occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy in that it reinforces what they are learning from their therapists. Focus, concentration, balance, awareness, core strength as well as spatial awareness all play a huge roll in both therapies and martial arts training. When the two go hand in hand, the result is extraordinary.

Inclusion in martial arts is still essential

SHIRUDO Martial arts can be a home for everyone, regardless of physical or mental ability, because everything about martial arts is self-pacing and bettering oneself. That doesn’t mean that students with disabilities, or even students who are just requiring more time to perfect a skill, are separated from the group. Each student works on themselves within the entire group setting and no one is left out. However, if you have a personal concern about your child’s needs, please come talk to us. We are always willing to listen to and accommodate as best we can the needs of our students so they can excel.
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Studies have shown that multi-faceted physical activities, like martial arts, strengthens the brain and helps those with ADD and ADHD to practice basic motor and behavioural control. It also teaches consistency and repetition, which can have a calming influence.

Down Syndrome

The techniques in SHIRUDO martial arts are tailored to fit the student, rather than having the student fit the technique. Martial arts is excellent for individuals with Down Syndrome because it helps strengthen their muscles and improve their coordination
People on the Autism Spectrum
Consistency and repetition are cornerstones of SHIRUDO martial arts. These two components create familiarity. This way of teaching works well for kids on the autism spectrum. They tend to do well in classes because they respond well to this form of teaching. It isn’t just about the repetition found in movements, but also the repetition found in the location, the faces in class and knowing what to expect each time they enter the dojo.

The Visually Impaired

The martial arts training at SHIRUDO can be adapted and taught to those students that have visual disabilities. The other senses are utilized to overcome the visual impairment. Students that are blind or visually impaired learn through sensitivity drills and tactile aids. They are taught body awareness using their hearing and touch.

As they progress, they learn concepts that can help keep them safe, while developing skills that can give them an advantage over sighted students. Students that are visually impaired, like those that are sighted, need to have confidence in their ability to protect themselves both mentally and physically.