PRIME: Martial arts and people with disabilities. Workshop in Edinburgh

The last workshop envisaged by the EU Project PRIME (Participation, Recreation and Inclusion through Martial Arts Education) was held in Edinburgh on 4-5 June 2018. WKSI is a partner of PRIME, ICSSPE the lead partner. The general objective is to develop an ad-hoc coaching framework to encourage the participation of people with disabilities in martial arts in Europe.

The partners attended the two-day meeting to discuss and share opinions and ideas on the draft adapted framework that has been elaborated so far.

ICSSPE gave an overview of the final paper, and chaired the discussion to collect the partners’ suggestions. The framework will contain a wide range of information, from the basics of coaching, the policy background on inclusion through sport, an outline of the main impairments, to very practical hints on how to train people with disabilities. Overall information that can be of guidance to coaches who deal with teaching people with different abilities.

Once again, the PRIME partners highlighted that the language must be clear and accessible, and its content kept as concise as possible, so that coaches of different martial arts and from different countries can make use of it in the smoothest way as possible. Moreover, the PRIME web site will play the key role of repository of resources, and will be an available tool after the end of the project, thus ensuring its long-term impact. In particular, it will endorse the work of coaches and provide suggestions on how to deal with adapted teaching.

The PRIME final event will take place in Tralee (Ireland) in December 2018, and although it is going to close a two-year long pathway, we do hope that it will open up on new scenarios. However, one thing is for sure, it has been a great opportunity for WKSI and its coaches and students.

A video of the workshop held in Rome on 22-23 March 2018

PRIME (Participation, Recreation and Inclusion through Martial Arts Education) is a unique venture that seeks to develop a high-quality coaching framework to support the promotion of healthy martial arts participation among persons with a disability across Europe. This framework would be the first of its kind that is compatible with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and co-funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme of the European Union.

The PRIME (Participation, Recreation and Inclusion through Martial Arts Education) partnership brings together a unique consortium of organisations from different EU Member States. In addition four groups at the forefront of inclusive practices in the martial arts, such as the Ikkaido, Asociation Of Wado Karate Do Kai Shin Gi Tai Italy, International Taekwondo Federation and Hayashi Karatecenter e.V., the partnership includes the International Council for Coaching Excellence, the UNESCO Chair “Transforming the Lives of People with Disabilities, their Families and Communities, Through Physical Education, Sport, Recreation and Fitness” at Tralee Institute of Technology, Ireland, The Association For International Sport for All and, as project manager, the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education.

The Project is supported by the Sports Coaching Science with Disability Sport Team at the University of Worcester, UK.


  • M° Maurizio Paradisi
  • M° Giuseppe Carloni
  • WKSI’s coaches Laura Rosella and Marco De Astis
  • M° Lydia La Riviere Zijdel
  • M° Dirk Dohm
  • M° Ray Sweeney
  • WKSI’s athletes Federico Antonucci, Simone Conte and Francesco De Chiara

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