Krav Maga is for everyone
Adaptive training, which is designed to accommodate students with disabilities, is a bit of a misnomer. All training for all students is, to some extent, adaptive. We all have unique needs, unique challenges, differing learning styles, and individual strengths. A competent instructor will be able to analyze who needs what, and deliver it accordingly. We understand, though, that physical training for those with identified disabilities can be hard to find. Sadly, in some places, it simply doesn’t exist at all. Accordingly, we use the term “adaptive training” to identify programming that we offer for students with disabilities. As we’ve said before, Krav Maga is for EVERYONE, and there are no exceptions to that rule; as a result, we do our best to educate our communities that students with physical and/or intellectual disabilities have the right and the capacity to learn to defend themselves and keep themselves safe.
Statistics published by the World Health Organization demonstrate that no exceptions are made for men, women, and children with disabilities when it comes to victimization. In fact, there is obvious need for citizens with disabilities to learn a discipline like Krav Maga. We are proud of the fact that we welcome students of all ability statuses. Physical impairments do not prevent a student from participating in class or learning how to defend him-or-herself. Modifications can be applied to almost all techniques, allowing students in wheelchairs, with walkers, canes, braces, prosthetics, and other assistive devices to act appropriately in situations of harm. Similarly, modifications can be made to techniques for students who have loss of sensation and/or mobility. We also offer programming for students with cognitive and learning impairments, as well as attention-related deficits. Training can be modified to allow these students to learn at their own pace, with appropriate breaks, repetition, alternative drills, partnering, and more.
Our special needs training is unique because it directly addresses the specific needs of students, as opposed to taking a one-size-fits-all approach. All of our instructors take a Special Needs Instructor course that focuses on understanding physical and cognitive impairments, corresponding modifications to the curricula, and creating inclusive, dynamic class environments. We aim to fill an existing gap; sadly, special needs students often find that there are no accommodations made for them in mainstream programming. In other cases, what is available is “token” programming that fails to teach in-depth skills. We take the safety of all of our students seriously, and we strive to ensure that our special needs program is purposeful, enriched, and enjoyable for everyone. How does adaptive training work? The first step is a meeting with your instructor. You and any family members/instructors/aids who may be needed will discuss your needs and abilities, as well as your goals. You’ll have a chance to tour the facility and ask any questions that you may have. Once your instructor understands your strengths, challenges and aims, he/she will build a plan for you that involves necessary modifications and benchmarks. We frequently work with students who:
As always, our primary goal is to ensure that every member of our community is given the education that he/she needs to be healthy, confident, and safe. We have adaptive classes for both children and adults. Our youth program takes in children starting at the age of four. Children are welcome to attend class independently if they’re able, or with a caregiver/aid or parent/guardian. Our adults’ program runs in the same way; adult participants with special needs are welcome to attend class alone, or with an aid. All assistive technology is welcome, especially if it involves equipment that a student will generally be using on a day-to-day basis.
Imi, the founder of Krav Maga, recognized that everyone has a right to “walk in peace.” He understood that just as anyone can be a victim, anyone can learn not to be. The bottom line is that Krav Maga is inclusive - it is for everyone, no holds barred. We would be failing our own mandate if we failed to prepare all students - no matter their needs - to defend themselves in threatening situations.