Martial arts group for disabled people seeks more members

February 23 2018

A LOCAL community interest company that supports disabled people through sport is looking for new members from Redland and Bishopston to join them at their sessions in Henleaze.

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A LOCAL community interest company that supports disabled people through sport is looking for new members from Redland and Bishopston to join them at their sessions in Henleaze. 

Adaptive Martial Arts (AMA) run sessions that help to increase self-confidence and self-esteem and provide disabled people with an opportunity to exercise and play sport. Established in September 2016, they also build on the mental health benefits of exercise in addition to the physical benefits. 

AMA ’s Board of Directors consists of two disabled people (one with a Masters of Sport Science) and two ‘able-bodied’ people who have a business background, a combined passion for Martial Arts and the respective benefits to the lives of others. Their unique team is well equipped to cope with a wide range of conditions in order to give the best experience to the participants. 

Speaking of the sessions that AMA run, CEO Gina Hopkin, who also suffers from a rare neuromuscular condition called Dystonia that causes uncontrollable muscle spasms, said: “With some current clients, we have already seen have been people being able to sit up unaided for the first time, improved concentration as well as improved confidence, health and fitness.

“Through AMA classes, students will learn a mixture of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, self defence, mixed Martial Arts, Wrestling and striking arts to suit the student and the class. Everything is done on mats to ensure that the environment is safe too.”

Some current reviews from students who attend AMA’s sessions include: "For those with injuries or who are disabled, this is a great organisation to help you to acquire knowledge, skills, confidence.”  

Another student said: "Even though we’re fighting, it’s a safe environment and they’re a bunch of lovely people. I’ve slowly made friends and feel more confident in defending myself. If anyone ever attacks me, I now have the skill to defend myself.”

AMA run classes every Saturday from 4pm – 5pm at the Shine Community Sports Hall on Brecon Road in Henleaze. Students’ first class is always free and the charge is £7.50 per week thereafter or £10 for two people. The only prerequisite for attending classes is that the client can transfer to a mat. However, if a client is wheelchair bound and cannot transfer, there are still self defence and striking options available to them and working on mats can enable them to explore options if they were to find themselves on the floor.  

To find out more about the sessions that AMA run, visit www.adaptivema.co.uk or call 07468 608018.