Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Who are you to say....?


I was having an interesting discussion on the issue of disabled people taking part in MMA and boxing the other day. As you may be aware there are plans to have wheelchair bound fighters compete in both disciplines.

The Wheeled Warriors organisation wants to bring the concept to both the cage and ring next year. But it has met with opposition in some areas. Some people are more than a little uncomfortable that two guys in wheelchairs will be slugging it out in front of cheering crowds.

Yes, I can see that it might make some feel uncomfortable, some squeamish and some think it’s immoral...


When the Paralympics were first muted there was great opposition to the whole concept of disabled athletes. It was deemed to be a “freakshow”.
Yet look at the Paralympics today – across the world the athletes are respected and cheered for their sheer guts and athleticism.

It’s not up to others to say what a person can do with their own body. Nor is it up to others to say “you cannot do that because you are disabled!”
It makes you uncomfortable? Well that’s YOUR problem not the disabled fighters. You feel it’s a “freakshow”? Well doesn’t that really say more about you than it does the fighters?

Many, but not all, of these fighters are former MMA fighters who were injured fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan serving in both the US and UK armies. They are true warriors who simply want to challenge themselves, get fit and test themselves.

So what is wrong with that? Why shouldn’t a person who is disabled take part in martial arts? Why shouldn’t they compete if they want to? Who are you to say they cannot?




For further information on DFM visit: www.dfmmartialarts.co.uk or e-mail Phil Doherty at phil.doherty@martialnews.co.uk

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

hello!,I rеаlly lіke your writіng very a lot!
share wе be іn contаct mοre
abоut your ρoѕt on AOL? I require a sρеcialist on thіs house to sοlvе my problem.
Maу bе that is you! Haνing a look fоrωard tо peer уou.
Here is my web blog : view more

Anonymous said...

To аvoiԁ this, it iѕ highly recommendеd that latеx gloves be woгn so аs to take out all the rіѕκу elеments in
rеgaгԁs to safety and cleаnliness.

Holistіc cаnceг treаtment.. At the samе time,
it's not hard to find a good massage school nowadays due to the demand in massage courses. Try to use circular movements over joints and up-and-down strokes over long bones. Medicare regulations require that physical therapy services be performed either (1) by a state-licensed physical therapist or (2) by or incident to the services of a physician or other medical professional licensed to perform such services under state law pursuant to 42 c. You can choose amongst deep tissue massage, indian head massage, chinese massage, shiatsu and so on. It is inspired by three world dance traditions - indian classical dance, ballet and contemporary dance - and is an integrative art form based in the philosophy of ayurveda??? Repeat the process on your other thigh???

my blog: erotic massage photos
Also visit my web site :: tantric massage London homepage

Anonymous said...

After getting more than 10000 visitors/day to my website I thought your martialnews-belowthebelt.blogspot.com website also need unstoppable flow of traffic...

Use this BRAND NEW software and get all the traffic for your website you will ever need ...

= = > > http://get-massive-autopilot-traffic.com

In testing phase it generated 867,981 visitors and $540,340.

Then another $86,299.13 in 90 days to be exact. That's $958.88 a
day!!

And all it took was 10 minutes to set up and run.

But how does it work??

You just configure the system, click the mouse button a few
times, activate the software, copy and paste a few links and
you're done!!

Click the link BELOW as you're about to witness a software that
could be a MAJOR turning point to your success.

= = > > http://get-massive-autopilot-traffic.com

Anonymous said...

Everything is very open with a very clear description of the challenges.
It was definitely informative. Your site is very useful.
Thank you for sharing!

Here is my site ... augmenter ses vue youtube

Anonymous said...

Hello! I understand this is kind of off-topic however I had to
ask. Does managing a well-established website like yours
take a lot of work? I am completely new to operating a blog however I do write
in my diary everyday. I'd like to start a blog so I can easily share my experience and views online. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or tips for new aspiring bloggers. Appreciate it!

Here is my weblog - plus de followers
my page > plus de twitter followers

Anonymous said...

It's actually very difficult in this active life to listen news on Television, thus I only use internet for that purpose, and get the newest information.

My site: travel

Anonymous said...

You've made some really good points there. I looked on the web for more information about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this site.

Also visit my blog post: facebook cuenta gratis

Anonymous said...

Have you ever thought about why it is more difficult to have pregnant right after forty than after we were young, say within our early to 20s? Remember that everyone is different, and if this new method of technique you just read about didn't work for you, then it's ok!
http://www.pregnancyhelper.in

Anonymous said...

What's up, its nice paragraph on the topic of media print, we all know media is a impressive source of information.

Here is my page - abrir cuenta facebook

Anonymous said...

I serіοusly loνe youг site.
. Great сolorѕ & theme. Diԁ you build this amazing site yοurself?

Plеase reply bаck as I'm attempting to create my very own blog and would love to find out where you got this from or what the theme is called. Thanks!

Also visit my web site :: crear facebook

Anonymous said...

pet insurance Prior to deciding to publish a software for medical health insurance, take a moment to figure out what kind of business you would like to go with.
There are a few drawbacks although, so make it a point to truly give it a look before heading ahead of time and opening up one particular.

Anonymous said...

それを意味 個人 できますダウンロードを示していますウィット高品質と高速で役に立つのメンバーシップの要件を満たす の サイト。私の娘が 4 つまたは 5 つ 歳の 彼女は するように設計
スリープウォークします。一度に 1 つの高級時計を見たことが 確信している を買う余裕することはできません このような 貴重なアイテム。父は 別 ですがおそらく不吉な外観では、良性の手します。

My webpage gaga 腕時計