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Fighting spirit hits Hobart

HOBART has welcomed the arrival of a martial arts club dedicated to coaching and supporting people with a disability in Tasmania.

Seishin Martial Arts is the first gym of its kind in the state and launched on Saturday 18 January at the University of Tasmania Uni Gym Dojo.

The club will provide classes for people with physical, intellectual, sensory, cognitive and neurological disability or additional needs.

Head coach and second Dan Judo Black Belt Lewis Willing said the club would initially specialise in No Limits Judo for adults and children.

“We will be running four all-inclusive 12-week beginner judo courses for juniors, teens and adults that cover membership fees, uniforms, supported coaching and more,” he said.

“Classes are adapted to the individual needs and abilities of players and we will work closely with players, their parents and carers to ensure the coaching we provide in class allows them to develop and grow at their pace and within their capabilities.

“Our focus is on fun, fitness and friendship, and to build upon an already well-established Judo and martial arts community in Tasmania to ensure social inclusion across the sport.”

Assistant coach and No Limits Judo Australia Committee state representative Carla Willing said there had already been an enthusiastic response from the Tasmanian community.

“We believe that martial arts is for everyone and Seishin can provide a safe and fun place for people to explore, begin and continue their martial arts journey,” she said.

“Launching in an Olympic year with the Games being held in Tokyo, the home of judo, we are hoping the Paralympics inspire people to get involved with our classes and that we can provide a platform to assist with overcoming any barriers.”

Lewis and Carla have a combined 30 years’ experience in martial arts in judo and Brazilian jiujitsu.

Registrations for Seishin Martial Arts opened on Saturday 18 January, with places limited to eight people per class.

The first all-inclusive 12-week beginner courses commence on 6 March 2020.

For more information, visit the Seishin Martial Arts Facebook page or contact Carla Willing at seishintas@gmail.com.

Caption: Lewis and Carla Willing have opened a new martial arts club dedicated to coaching and supporting people with a disability.