What We Do
Ikkaido is a registered charity that creates mass participation in Martial Arts for people who are disabled, disadvantaged or living with poverty.

We take martial arts into Special Schools, Primary, Secondary and Colleges through a participation plan which takes athletes from 5 years old into adulthood. This enables us to offer young disabled and non-deisabled people coaching, education and employment opportunities.

Teachers, carers and Teaching Assistants take part side-by-side with the young people to improve their health and physical literacy and add to their professional development

Non-disabled people take part in the same sessions and learn about disability, inclusion, volunteering and equity

How We Do It
We train coaches with high quality, UKCC accredited coaching qualifications which are monitored by OFQUAL. We ensure that each coach attends Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults training and Inclusion, Equity and Disability Sport training. Each coach must have a DBS (criminal records check), First Aid training and Public Liability of £5m.

Ikkaido obtain funding to provide each athlete with a karate suit and belt, hire a room and pay the coach so that everyone can participate.. We give each person an adapted syllabus which is modified to the needs of the disabled athlete so that everyone can receive an achievable challenge.

Ikkaido grade the athletes to coloured belts so that each person can enjoy the feelings that achievement brings.

Gradings certificates, cloloured belts, adapted syllabuses and karate suits are all provided free with the membership fee of £60 per year

Why we do it


“Budo” in Japanese or “Wudao” in Chinese have a deeper meaning than just the English translation of “Martial Arts”.  Budo and Wudao actually mean “the Way of Preventing War”.

Martial arts were founded on the principles known as the “Seven Virtues of Bushido”; determination, benevolence and compassion, right behaviour and actions, sincerity, integrity and honesty, and responsibility.  It is interesting to note that these principles run parallel to both modern sport values and European values.  It is these values which underpin the work of Ikkaido. This approach is also highly relevant in education which nurtures the development of character, values, and life skills.

Martial arts were designed to provide physical activity for life. The black belt system traditionally starts at 16 years old for a person`s first black belt and athletes may attain the final 10th degree when they reach a minimum of 74 years of age, after a lifetime of practice.

We spent a long time looking into over 250 pieces of research on the benefits of Martial Arts and sport for people who are disabled and disadvantaged. The evidence is clear that physical activity improves health and well-being.  Martial Arts, when taught in the right way, have a very strong effect on people’s self esteem, self-confidence, self-respect, self-control, self-worth and self-discipline and this is what fired our passion. We noticed improvements in agility, balance and coordination and began to see behavioural, emotional and then cognitive change.

It was the 2012 study by Imperial College and University College London that struck a chord when they showed changes in the white matter and the brain structure of karate athletes.

But basically as you can see by the pictures, it’s the smiles on people’s faces that really motivate us.