Ikkaido means “The Way of Inclusion”. Ikkaido’s long-standing dedication to inclusion has shown that it is a ‘Way’, a journey for disabled and disadvantaged people to undertake to be truly included.
Our primary purpose is social inclusion, which is outlined in our 6E Strategy:
To encourage participants to realise their self-worth and potential in society, the first barrier to cross is their engagement. Inclusive Martial Arts (IMA) has proven to be an immensely powerful tool in engaging and improving the self-confidence and self-regulation of marginalised people. Ikkaido takes a holistic view of inclusion as a reflection of society. All demographics of people are included in programmes rather than targeting specific groups, such as persons with a disability, because inclusion cannot be achieved through exclusion.
There is a persistent sense of powerlessness in marginalised people; persons with a disability are often targets for violent crime, including intolerance, bullying and aggression. Ikkaido delivers the same adapted self-defence techniques to all participants to combat this sense of impotence. Previous empowerment projects used self-defence alongside reflective non-formal learning activities to improve self-confidence and provide the tools to recover from severe life-changing trauma. Participants are empowered to design, deliver and manage their own wellbeing programmes.
Ikkaido is a Recognised VET Centre regulated by OFQUAL in the development, writing and delivery of a suite of accessible, inclusive coaching, teaching and wellbeing courses with a focus on holistic, person-centred development through health enhancing physical activity.
Ikkaido improves employment and entrepreneurial skills of disadvantaged young people through roll play, theatre, gamification in non-formal learning and learner-led sessions. EmployABLE explored all of the roles required for the creation of Ikkaido Festivals of Inclusive Martial Arts around Europe. Learners explore their dream jobs through SWOT analyses. Entrepreneurial skills and SMART goals build competences in problem solving, business start-up, finance and leadership, encouraging them to become entrepreneurs or community changemakers.
Eudaimonia is the final stage of inclusion. It is human flourishing in society; a person, regardless of their disadvantages, functioning to their fullest potential and realising changes in their community.