WELCOME TO THE PROFILES OF MARTIAL ARTISTS WITH DISABILITIES BLOG

I hope that this blog with inspire other people with disabilities to enter into the martial arts. In addition, I encourage instructors and school owners to use this blog as resource for their existing students with disabilities, or to bring in new students.

This blog is by no means complete. I would appreciate hearing about new nominations, organizations, articles, links, etc to be added. Please send me an email to info@not-me.org regarding what you would like see added to this blog.

All the martial artist are listed alphabetically.

Sincerely,

Erik Kondo

SHAWN WITHERS


HOMETOWN: Scarborough, ME
TYPE OF DISABILITY Stroke
AGE:
OCCUPATION: Martial Arts School Owner
PERSONAL: Married
MAIN STYLE OF MARTIAL ART: Broken Wing Kempo
SCHOOL AFFILIATION: Natural Motion Martial Arts
CURRENT RANK: 3rd degree black belt
TIME INVOLVED IN THE MARTIAL ARTS WITH A DISABILITY:
WEBSITE:< http://www.naturalmotionmartialarts.com
VIDEO LINK:
OTHER ACTIVITIES:
CONTACT: contact@NaturalMotionMartialArts.com

Shawn Withers, a certified instructor, holds a 3rd degree Black Belt in Broken Wing Kenpo and a 2nd degree Black Belt in Shaolin Kenpo. He also holds a Black Belt in O-Ki-Tao and has earned the rank of Canemaster from Grandmaster Mark Shuey. Mr. Withers, a stroke survivor, has worked with a variety of students both disabled and non-disabled. He has extensive experience working with disabled students making him a pioneer in the field of teaching martial arts to the physically challenged. Mr. Withers is a 2005 inductee into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame and a 2007 inductee into the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame. He is coauthor of BROKEN WING, an autobiography to be published in January, 2008.
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