Hi All, I haven't looked in this section of MAP before and was surprised by how small a section it was.... Is it that there are so few 'disabled' martial artists - I've certainly known quite a few... Including my all time HERO Ted Vollrath. And what do we classify 'disabled' as - I have met and know of people in wheelchairs who do martial arts, I sometimes train with a man with and artificial leg called Dave (WHAT'S HIS OTHER LEG CALLED - Sorry I couldn't resist ) - Anyway Dave is Blue Belt (one below brown) in Kyu Shin Ryu Karate - He will be a black belt if he wants it... The thing to remember with Dave is DON'T kick or hard block his artificial leg - IT HURTS!!!!! - Me not him!!!!! I train with people who HAVE to wear glasses (or contacts) to train... I'm lucky I can take my glasses off... So what's disabled???? Anyway, who gives a DAMN - Not an attacker so maybe that's why there are so few people in this section - it's not actually all that relevant - You might just as well have a section for thin people or people that can't hit hard or people that don't want to get hurt (THAT'S ME) - in other words - a martial artist is defined as someone who does martial arts and NOT by something that is relatively unimportant like number of limbs or being blind or deaf or ... Anyone remember the old "Come back you coward" scene from the Monty Python movie where the guy has his arms and legs chopped off... Now YES of course it was meant to be funny but there was a truth there... A martial artist is defined more (much more) by mental attributes than by physical ones. So, I guess I'm fishing for information... What is 'disabled'? What does it mean? And what differences to your training does it make??? All the best. Robert.