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Reporting on the benefits of exercise and how he reignited his passion for martial arts
Over the last year my Aikido has not only started to improve but the possibilities in the chair are endless.
In the early part of 1992 I was a healthy young sixteen year old, looking forward to a life as a stuntman. In order to obtain an Equity card I was training in various different physical activities such as swimming, diving, horse riding and my main interest, martial arts.
In the same year I was doing my usual jaunt on my motorbike in my local woods and was unlucky enough to crash my bike into a tree - it was one stunt too many, I suppose. The accident left me paralysed from the chest down. The initial shock changed my life forever - that's what I thought. I had been a very sporty person enjoying many physical activities like football, swimming, rugby and first and foremost martial arts. I was under the illusion that my life had made a turn for the worse. Not being able to move my legs was a massive shock.
The initial five or six years were spent just adjusting to my condition
and trying to find something that would make me tick again. Being a
healthy, fit and active type of person I needed something that would
motivate me to find a sport that I could enjoy from my chair. I hoped,
there must be some sort of physical sports or exercise therapy-type centre
out there. I was ready to start my life again, to find that thing that
makes you tick, and for me that's martial arts. Looking close to home I
was disappointed. I was surprised to find there were not many
opportunities for disabled people looking for some rehabilitation and
support. Looking further a field, I was lucky enough to find a centre that
was able to assist me with my physical problems like stretching and
walking. The walking was a major surprise, not in the literal sense of
walking but with the assistance of a very competent Exercise Therapist and
the use of supports (parallel bars & customised ankle orthoses).
Rehabilitation centre with disabled access and accessible parking, specialising in exercise therapy for individuals affected by spinal cord injury, head injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis & other paralysing conditions
The Old Convent, Beeches Green, Stroud Gloucestershire GL5 4AD +44 (0) 1453 75 55 57
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