WHO’S BEHIND IT?
Our founder was turned away from a martial arts school at the age of 8 when he tried to enroll with his older brothers. He was simply told that given his condition of Cerebral Palsy, practicing martial arts would be impossible.
Years later, at the age of 31, his interest and desire to try martial arts was rekindled.
Having been raised with the belief that, “You can do anything you want to do, if you put your mind to it, sometimes in a different way, but you can do it”. With this mindset his search for a martial arts school that would teach a disabled student continued.
He contacted an old friend that owned a local martial arts school and asked for an honest opinion about the prospects of a disabled student practicing martial arts. This time, the answer was quite different than the one he received years earlier. She told him “I believe that regardless of life’s challenges, martial arts should be available to everyone. We will find a way to do it”. This was followed by an offer to adapt her curriculum and help him achieve his goal of becoming a martial artist.
The first few weeks both student and teacher wondered if it would work. But then the physical and mental changes began to appear. When medical doctors and therapists noticed the difference, it was apparent that martial arts training was working in ways both never expected.
That was a few years ago, and I was that guy. It is my intention that Adaptive Martial Arts Association be a resource for the disabled community and martial arts instructors who wish to obtain or provide training to all who choose to pursue martial arts.
Jason P. Davis