When the handicap is not a handicap

When the handicap is not a handicap

To bring the martial artists together as a big family, that is the ambitious goal of chief organizer yves engel at the martial arts open in the bad kissinger bayernhalle on saturday, 23. Marz. The organizational effort is immense, because it is actually five events. The bad kissingen martial arts open is for the general public. All not so experienced fighters show their skills at the newcomer tournament, at the german championship of the WKF (world kickboxing federation) it is about the tickets for the european championships in lviv (lemberg) in the ukraine. In addition, for the first time in the framework of a rough championship there will be competitions for people with disabilities and at the end there will be an evening gala with professional fights in the high ring.
The participation of athletes with disabilities in particular proves that inclusion and "extended family" are not mutually exclusive are no empty phrases. For WKF vice president hort M. Kohl has been a heartfelt supporter of the sport since he was 50 years old. Has to fight with a handicap since the age of 18. "We currently offer three handicap sports, these are self-defense, blowpipe sports and slow-motion-arts", kohl reports on the slow opening of martial arts clubs for handicapped people. As a result, more and more people with disabilities are becoming interested in sports that they didn't dare try years ago. "But we want to achieve even more and help the participants to cope with their life situation in an eventful way. Successful performance in the sporting community strengthens the feeling of self-worth", female kohl.

Positive example leo krebs
But the road ahead is a rocky one. Disabled people who make contact are usually very reserved, a relationship of trust must first be built up. This requires intuition and dexterity on the part of the instructors. Successful experiences show that the effort is worthwhile. There is for example leo krebs from kleinlangheim, who has been training with horst kohl since 1995. As a child, he suffered a brain hemorrhage after falling on the bed box, resulting in a hemiplegia. In the meantime, the range of motion of the arms and legs has been significantly improved through intensive training. "Leo keeps his balance in the one-leg stand, manages the cross step over a rope and can climb over obstacles", kohl can report on successes. Exercises to improve reaction kohl took from martial arts, such as pendulum ball and dodging techniques against punches. Kohl proves that self-defense makes sense for people with disabilities by collecting police reports. In his group, which consists of four to six people, he works out an individual program for each person. In self-defense, students learn how to defend themselves against grabbing, jostling or verbal abuse. At the end of each hour there are exercises from the slow-motion-arts, a taijiquan-like movement theory.
Kohl hopes that events like the one in bad kissingen will create a more positive image of martial arts. The image of the "schlager sport argues him, because there are strict rules. "Respect and fair play are as much a part of our etiquette as they are in other sports." Kohl sees the event in bad kissingen as an advertisement for more cooperation. "The so-called strong and healthy athletes perform together with handicapped people in a sports hall. For us fighters there is only one "WE", kohl lies on a wavelength with yves engel.
The martial arts school engel of the SV garitz has done everything to make the competitions in the bayernhalle a great success. Since half a year yves engel is busy with the preparation in uncountable hours. "I have announced 100 traditional competitions (forms, breaking, self-defense, blowpipe pushing) and 200 fighting disciplines (light contact, semi-contact, full contact, sanda, MMA, thaiboxing). We take care of the entry lists, the procedures and the planning", engel speaks of a rough challenge. Out of 1000 trophies he has built 500 out of wood himself and assembled 500 column trophies. About 1000 starts are expected. Registrations have been received not only from germany but also from austria, switzerland, france, the netherlands and the usa. The level ranges from beginner to top athlete, including several world champions.
From the district, besides the karate school of andreas haberzettl, which participates in the form running, the aschach kickboxers have announced themselves in the light contact. The all combat and taekwondo schools from garitz and hausen compete in all traditional classes as well as in light contact, semi contact and sanda. Athletes from TSV bad kissingen compete in sambo combat.
A total of 30 athletes from the host club SV garitz will take part in the event. Four of them, 16-year-old yvonne engel, 11-year-old yuli-lee engel, desiree pahl (9 years old) and erik lulf (10 years old), will compete in the german championships, where they must finish first or second to qualify for the european championships.

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