Wheelchair Shotokan Karate Training
Today I had a killer Shotokan training session. My arm muscles and trunk burned it was such a great workout! My Sensei helps me adapt the art for wheelchair use. We collaborate on techniques that accommodate my level of injury. I am paralyzed from the chest down from a C6 spinal cord injury.
We worked on several punching and blocking techniques. I mimic kicking with arm movements. Some chair users substitute wheelies for kicks. I also worked on a kata today. Its exciting to dial in the art with snappy turns and tight stops and pushes, with quick turning too. Projecting your strength into your movements is very fulfilling and has made me much stronger and more able bodied.
I’m very excited to be a part of adapting arts (I do Ki Aikido also), and hope to share it with others in my demographic.
Posted on May 25, 2013, in News and tagged Aikido, Awesome, C-6, c6, damon boiser, hawaii, Karate, Ki Aikido, Mahalo, Paralized, Pilot, Pioneer, Quadriplegic, sci, Shotokan Karate, sports, wheelchair, Wheelchair Sports, Wheelchair user. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.