Advocating for Inclusive Practice of Martial Arts

A Unique Venture Co-funded by the European Union
12/14/2018 17:10

After a 2-year EU-funded process of development and refinement of coaching guidelines, the PRIME partners introduced the Practical Guide for Coaches as well as additional project outputs at the closing symposium at IT Tralee in early December.


On the International Day for Persons with a Disability, website and practical materials were launched during a workshop with practitioners and scientists, enabling the project partners to advocate for more inclusive practice across Martial Arts.


The material is the first of its kind and is written within the context of the European Qualifications Framework and similar international standards like the European Sport Coaching Framework. The website www.martialarts_prime  also includes activity cards as well as videos and further resources. By the end of the funding period, everything will be offered in English, French, German and Italian.


The project


  • offers a popular context for engaging and supporting the healthy development of people with disabilities;
  • it increases access to self-defence for people with disabilities by training in martial arts to react to violent crimes;
  • it supports the dissemination and application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU, the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and
  • it supports the following Sustainable Development Goals: 3. Good Health and Well-Being; 4. Quality Education; 5. Gender equity; 10. Reduced Inequality; and 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.