Man paralysed from the waist down becomes a top martial arts instructor

A country ranger who is paralysed from the waist down has defied the odds to become a top martial arts instructor – after gaining a black belt in kickboxing.

Carl Hodgetts, 34, was left wheelchair bound after he was born with spina bifida. But incredibly, Carl achieved a first dan black belt in kickboxing – by using his arms and hands instead of his feet to ‘kick’ opponents.

He is also an expert in Wing Chun, a close-quarter fighting technique created by martial arts legend Bruce Lee.

Carl was awarded a black belt in kickboxing by the world governing body, the World United Martial Arts Federation in 2006. He followed the criteria for able-bodied kickboxing but to reflect Carl’s disability the federation rebranded his technique to ‘freestyle martial arts’.

Carl, from Monks Kirby, near Rugby, Warwickshire, said being in a wheelchair is actually an ‘advantage’ to being an able-bodied fighter.

source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2187522/Man-paralysed-waist-martial-arts-instructor–gaining-black-belt-kickboxing.html





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