Due to the instructor being posted overseas, Sobukan has closed its doors as at 28 February 2018. Sincere apologies for any inconvenience.

At Sobukan, we focus on what we can do, not on what we cannot.

Everybody has strengths and weaknesses – black belts included. Our goal is to minimise our weaknesses and maximise our strengths within the confines of our limitations.

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Please email chris@sobukan.com.au to discuss your needs.

13 Responses to Disabilities

  1. Andrew says:

    Congratulations on the opening of your dojo. I also wish you the best in this endeavour….I believe you are the most prepared person I know for such a challenge and therefore your success is not in question.

    Also your website is very informative, well set out and user friendly.

    Again….all the best mate….Andrew

  2. Tracy Ellis says:

    I also extend my congratulations to you Chris. You have great communication skills and a deep understanding of integrity, the foundation of martial arts and a productive life.

    Tracy Ellis

  3. Alex says:

    Martial arts classes for disabled to start @ Oxenford/ Gold Coast in late May / June,please let me know if you or any students are interested,I am also asking for donations of any boxing equipment such as punching bags,speed balls,floor to ceiling balls etc,my classes will only be asking for a gold coin donation to start,this will go towards encouragement awards and certificates etc. Eventually I will commence a free disability kids class for children under 10,please comment or inbox with any ideas,concerns,queries- Facebook ADMA Australian Disability Martial Arts 🙂

  4. Chris says:

    Please….. not ‘special needs’. As your website says “We all have areas of weakness” so disabled people have no more special needs than anyone else, no more weakness than anyone else, no greater courage or bravery than anyone else.’ we are all people. So, perhaps speak of SobuKan with disabled people or with wheelchair-users, or with blind people – just people.

    • chrissensei says:

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks for your feedback, it prompted me to do some asking around. I have students with various levels of ability and I find the work ‘disabled’ derogatory, as I like to focus on abilities, not disabilities. The reality is, ‘disabled’ students do need technical modification and need to be taught accordingly, so I consider this to be a special need. Also, I don’t want to limit this to wheelchair users, or visually impaired students, I hope to teach people with all types of challenges. However, I have been advised that there is a stigma attached to the term ‘special needs’, so thank you for your feedback.

      • mattshilcock says:

        I wonder if ‘integrated’ would be a more appropriate word? Another popular politically correct word is ‘inclusive’, but I find by calling something ‘inclusive’ you place a context for other things to be ‘exclusive’.

  5. Raghu says:

    I think i might have a few things to add to this conversation.
    That’s a tight spot. Would take a lot of searching to find the right word. I am inclined to favour ‘special needs’ rather than ‘disabled’.
    Anyhow in my opinion teacher-student bond is built only on trust and honesty. Teacher expecting obedience and dedication. Student offering the two. So politically correct statements aren’t really required.
    For example: Among close friends nicknames are always mean and derogatory, often based on physical appearances. Its accentuates their bonds.

    People in wheel chairs definitely have special needs for self-defence compared to their peers who retain use of both legs. I feel they would have to stay and face a situation head on.

    For example: Escape is an easy option for when you can run and jump through a fence. For someone in a wheelchair it is a different scenario altogether and requires a special set of skills to overcome that situation.

    By the way i have heard the use of the term ‘differently-abled’. Hope this was helpful.


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