Some day, as a Martial Art instructor you may have the opportunity of working with students with special needs in your dojang/dojo. For some instructors this would be a pleasure, for others it would be an endeavor of honor. You may need accommodations for some students and modifications for others. The accommodations could be a device, material or other support that could enable the student with special needs to accomplish the task and the modification could be a change to the instruction, decrease in the course outcome or content. Providing for the needs of students with special needs will be one of your greatest challenges as a martial arts instructor.
Although teaching martial arts in the “traditional sense” has been taught by rote, it can and I feel should be taught to the student’s individuality.
Taekwon-Do spread throughout the world (martial arts in general as well) because it can be taught in large single group exercises, however, it was originally taught in very small and private groups, sometimes one on one or from father to son, master to single student. An example of this is in the book Karate-Do My Way of Life (Kodansha International 1975) by Funokoshi, Gichen (Shotokan Karate founder, and great grandfather of most Korean martial arts like Taekwon-Do) said “At that time the practice of karate was banned by the government, so sessions had to take place in secret, and pupils were strictly forbidden by their teachers to discuss with anyone the fact that they were learning the art.” An interesting foot note is that later, during the Japanese occupation of Korea, martial arts too would be banned.
The ITF HQ Korea want to inspire individuals with physical, developmental or emotional challenges to empower themselves to develop their full potential through the study and practice of Taekwon-Do and other Adapted Practices.To help parent can find out easily information about the Taekwon-Do or schools which provide the special need program, we created the online directory that have free access to everyone.
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is characterized by the inability for one’s brain to focus and perform at a comparable level with others cognitive and functioning capability. This may cause issues with fear, anxiety, and memory. ADD is commonly coupled with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder), which includes the above with hyperactivity, impulsiveness and difficulty with containing one’s energy levels.