Disability in Martial Arts


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Not all disabilities are visible – some are not immediately obvious, such as autism, chronic pain, dementia, anxiety, visual or hearing impairment. Living with a hidden disability can make daily life more demanding for many people, but it can be difficult for others to recognise, acknowledge or understand the challenges you face.

Be visible when you want to be Wearing the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower discreetly indicates to people around you including staff, colleagues and health professionals that you may need additional support, help or a little more time

Martial arts for the disabled covers a broad spectrum of self, defence and combat and is becoming more popular as new clubs and associations spring up.  PJJC offers information, training and support for people with disabilities and special needs interested in martial arts including BJJ, Aikido, Tae-Kwon-Do, Thai-Boxing. Martial arts is practiced for various reasons including combat skills, fitness, self-defense, sport, self-cultivation, meditation, mental discipline, character development and building self-confidence, or any combination of the above.

There is a great diversity and abundance of martial arts, however fitness and enjoyment of the sport takes precedence in the area of martial arts for the disabled and is enjoyed by many disabilities such as the blind, deaf, wheelchair users and a range of special needs. Browse through the martial arts for disabled people below to find your area of interest.

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  • Sarah Ellis

    January 16, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    My son is autistic and goes to Poole ju-jistu club. This has made him so confident. I Would recommend this club fantastic Sensei


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