Inclusive karate


– It is open to all,
so there isn’t a type of disability we should say no to, like
‘Sorry, you are not able to do this’. We can adjust the requirements
to every individual. INCLUSIVE KARATE I work as a physical education teacher
in a special needs institution and in this school
we have a karate sports club too which I have been leading
for 4 years. Here we care for people
with disabilities. We deal with
all spectra of disability, from people
with learning disabilities, with the mentally disabled,
the autistic and wheelchair users
to the visually impaired and we give them the chance
to attend trainings and competitions. I have been taking care of them
for 4 years. When I started working with
disabled people I begin looking around and looking for similar organizations
and fellow colleagues, who may have
some experiences in this field, but I had to face that in Hungary
there aren’t many people I could turn to. Furthermore in majority competitions disabled people
cannot compete with the others, hence in the long run
we have to prepare ourselves for the possibility that later on children won’t have
any sense of achievement. For this reason
I started looking round abroad too, and then I got in contact
with Eric Bortels, the leader of the Belgian organization. He has already elaborated
a training methodology. From that moment
they were very helpful and I can say
that Hungary was the first one to take their training
and competition method. Eric Bortels
– Founder and Head of I-Karate Global. – Besides it provides a greater fitness,
stamina and coordination, it certainly develops concentration. – We go to Belgium in two month. – That’s the Belgian world cup,
everybody from all around the world who counts now in this so called
disabled martial art is going to be there. I expect a very good competition
and I hope that there will be a lot of participants
in the category of the visually impaired. – I have to confess
I am a bit afraid of flying, but I will fight for my dreams. – In the world championship
we met the expectations, the children performed very well. On the medal table we came second
after the Belgian hosts. They couldn’t wait for it, many of them
travelled abroad for the first time. – In the last couple of years
there has been a bigger emphasis on the integration of
the disabled people into the society, thus there are initiations
that everybody knows, like guaranteeing accessibility
in different buildings, that goes really well. But there is another aspect too,
which we can call social accessibility. As far as I am concerned most of them
have an unsociable and narrow lifestyle and entering a competition
and taking part in trainings provide them a great possibility
to become socially accessible. – Motivation in teaching is first of all
the feedback from the kids, that in the everyday life they are able
to handle problems differently and I would like them
to apply these things acquired during practicing in real life. So they can cope with everyday situations
without being dependent. That would be the long-term goal. Additionally we want to provide them
the possibility to practice later on too. So that this wouldn’t last only
for the school years, but would be a lifelong process. – Honestly the best feeling is that even if someone is a five dan black belt
or a white belt beginner we are together
and everyone counts as one. So the belts can be seen,
because they are visible and the achievement
must be respected, but everyone is a karate player
and we are together, a community. DEEP GRATITUDE
TO ALL PARTICIPANTS OF THIS FILM professional advisory: Attila Halász
cinematographer: Viktor Jecs, Linda Szabó
editor: Linda Szabó
music: Delgarma English translation: Vanda Pap
Subtitles: Linda Szabó

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