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10 Nov 2010

9 Responses to “Man in Wheelchair Foils Robbery – Protects Woman!”

  1. SueC Says:

    Hi John, what a great inspiring post! That guy really is a hero. Thanks for bringing the story to our attention.

    Clearly, being wheelchair bound is not an obstacle to learning martial arts if you can find the right instructor. I was equally inspired by an essay written by a wheelchair bound woman who achieved a black belt in aikido. Her name is Lydia Zijdel and her story is told in the book ‘Women in the Martial Arts’ edited by Carol Wiley. There is an impressive photo of Lydia throwing her training partner whilst sitting in her wheelchair. Great stuff!

  2. Marie Says:

    We have a new karateka at my club who is confined to a wheelchair. Our Shihan is having a great time adapting the syllabus to suit his needs and training with him has given us a myriad of new things to think about in terms of body mechanics etc.

    You’re bang on with the upper body strength comment too. We had a moment the other day were our highest ranking Dan grade couldn’t even undo his grip on her Gi. Scary.

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  3. Matt Klein Says:

    Well done Larry! Liked how he had a look of calm as he approached the perp; the mark of a true warrior. He just knew he was going to take this dude down. Looks like he has some pretty good upper body strength. Funny how the other guy whacked him with the sign, then finally engaged at the end. Good tag team effort!
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  4. TheMartialArtsReporter Says:

    That’s a great story, John.
    Yeah, I also think that we sometimes underestimate what some people in wheelchairs are capable of doing, especially with their upperbody/arm strength. Awesome!
    This guy really is a hero in my book, too.

  5. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hi Sue, Took a look at Lydia Zijdel on a video – neat stuff to work through martial arts in a wheel chair. Thanks for pointing it out!

    HI Marie, Thanks for sharing – I remember when I had to teach a guy with no arms – I had to throw all of the traditional approaches out. He had to focus on distance and getting in and out while sparring. You know – no arms to cover with.

    I’m sure the new student is in good hands.

  6. Chris | Martial Development Says:

    Inspiring story. Do you know anything more about the other guy mentioned in the video, who faced charges for holding a robber down?
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  7. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hey Chris,

    I think this is the story you are looking for and it apparently ended up ok for the shop keeper after his day in court. http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2010/10/29/chen-verdict.html.

  8. Sly Says:

    This story is so Inspiring and just goes to show everyone out there that Disabilities don’t have to put you at a Disadvantage. What a great choke hold Larry had on that would-be robber. I LOVE IT !!! Wonderful Post.

  9. Ryan Says:

    Wow! Don’t mess with people in wheelchairs!

    The guy in the wheelchair beat the other guy up!

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