Hobart students demonstrate fighting spirit

HOBART’S first martial arts club for people with disability has shown its fighting spirit is strong in 2020, as students took to the judo mats to celebrate International Day of People with Disability.

This year, Seishin Martial Arts has gone from strength to strength, with students from across the south of the state having flocked to sign up to learn the sport of judo.

Seishin head coach Lewis Willing said the club, which specialises in No Limits Judo for adults and children with disability, aimed to challenge the way people think about themselves, about disability and provide an inclusive martial arts training environment.

“Students continue to blow us away with their social, physical and emotional skill development and what better day to celebrate these achievements than on International Day of People with Disability,” he said.

“Our classes are adapted to the individual needs and abilities of players and we work closely with players, their guardians or carers to ensure the coaching we provide allows students to develop and grow at their pace and within their capabilities.

“Our focus is on fun, fitness and friendship and, to build upon an already well-established judo and martial arts community in Tasmania to ensure inclusion across the sport.”

The club, which is the first of its kind in Tasmania started in March 2020 and despite the challenges of the year, the club has grown to more than 30 members, and is now one of the largest No Limits (disability judo) clubs in the country.

Mr Willing said he is extremely proud of all his students as they continue to surprise coaches with their skill and personal growth.

“Students are demonstrating improved teamwork, impulse control and emotional regulation and improving their confidence and motor skills,” he said.

“We will soon have new classes beginning and registrations open for schools to sign students up in either No Limits or mainstream judo classes.”

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