We run Basingstoke’s only specialist Special Educational Needs Martial Arts Class together with the support of Dove House School Academy, where this class is held.
Our Martial Arts club in Basingstoke is socially inclusive regardless of age, race, gender or ability. We are proud to be a Sport England accredited Clubmark Club for All and are committed to continuing this approach.
Through our approach to teaching quality Martial Arts, Sport England and The British Judo Association have provided funding to set up a Satellite Judo Club at Dove House School, which will be taught as an after school club every Thursday afternoon. This club will continue to build upon the success that that we’ve had together over the last three years providing Martial Arts days at Dove House during school holiday clubs.
There is no reason why the Martial Arts can’t be practised by everyone with, if necessary, the right adaptation to the individual. Over the years, we have successfully trained people with special needs including both physical disabilities and learning / mental disabilities . We have experience with conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Deafness, Visual Impairment, Amputees, Autism, Aspergers, Dyspraxia, ADHD and other learning difficulties.
There is no reason why we can’t inspire self-esteem in EVERY adult and child and that includes those with special needs.
Adults or parents who have a child with special needs are welcome to contact us directly so that we can discuss together a suitable training plan based on your requirements.
Training in Judo / Kung Fu / Karate can serve as an important corollary to other physical, behavioural and psychological treatment programs. When Martial Arts is taught with the appropriate teaching method, everyone has the chance to feel like a success, whether in a group, semi-private, or private class session.
There is often a misconception, particularly where someone shows potentially violent tendencies, that teaching them a martial art will make them more violent. In fact, our experience has shown that martial arts training actually has the opposite effect. Through our structured teaching method, people have a safe outlet for their physical exuberance and work to develop self-control, helping them to manage fear, anger and frustration. They develop a respect for their own body as well as for others and can master the art of relaxation and breath control.
In addition to the benefits gained from Martial Arts practice, our participants also benefit from the fitness work that we do. Typically this is the form of a fun activity that all of the children enjoy ‘playing.’
Many children with special needs have already benefited from our Martial Arts classes with the Academy in Basingstoke.
For those people who are not able to make these after school classes, we offer classes at other times during the week at our full time, professional Martial Arts Centre. Private classes can also be arranged at convenient times throughout the day. When appropriate, parents can even participate in private training and join their children on the mat.
A video of the class in action can be seen here
We also host Hampshire Judo’s Free of Charge Special Needs Judo courses which are taught by a range of coaches. Our senior coach is Hampshire Judo’s Special Needs Co-ordinator. For further details please contact us or visit Hampshire Judo’s website.