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Martial Arts for Disabled People - A Historical Perspective

By Richard Sison Over their long history, martial arts have evolved various forms and techniques. A lesser known but significant aspect of this history is martial arts practice for disabled people .  Historically, such adaptations have emerged in various cultures and regions, reflecting that disability and interest in martial arts are worldwide phenomena.  Martial arts enable disabled and non-disabled individuals to physically train, cultivate mental well-being, and foster social connections. Historical Origins – Ancient China and Japan  Martial arts practices tailored for disabled individuals have a long history, with accounts dating back to ancient China and Japan. Various sources documented these practices, providing insights into the time's techniques, beliefs, and influences. Ancient China In ancient China, records of martial arts techniques were adapted. These techniques focused on using internal energy (qi) rather than physical strength, making them accessible to individuals