Noah started Kenbu 2.5 years ago after struggling to find a suitable Dojo or instructor who was confident to support autistic children. From the first lesson Shidoshi Sinead was warm and welcoming and clearly understood autism and children in general. All of the children have great respect for Sinead, each other and the club. After each lesson Noah comes out sweaty and smiling! Sinead constantly offers the children opportunities to grow, not only in their martial arts but also as individuals. She teachers them perseverance, sportsmanship, belief In themselves and that we all have something to celebrate about ourselves.
Sinead continues to offer members opportunities to test themselves and Noah enjoys the Club tournaments and the opportunity to go compete at the British Championships.
Sinead makes everyone feel welcome and part of the group.
Noah has grown in so many ways since he started at Kenbu, his confidence has grown, he is fitter and proud of the new skills he learns and the friendships he has built at Kenbu. Noah’s most favourite thing is weapons training and Sinead is patient and knowledgeable about the history of martial arts which Noah loves. - Pippa Baker-Walsh
Shidoshi Sinead believes that everyone has a right to try a martial arts class (or any other activity for that matter), by joining a class that is already offered. Instead of having to find a “Specialised group”. Our Dojo is built of many different people, with different likes and dislikes, different needs and disabilities, different shapes and sizes etc. We work very hard to help everyone feel welcome and included in what we do. We adapt our teaching and classes to suit each individual, but at the same time work together as one group. With the support of Shidoshi Sinead and the other assistant instructors in our class.
We offer a number of classes, which range from quite busy to much smaller groups. This is how we have always done our groups. Not based on making money, instead we base our group sizes on the individual needs of our students. So whether your child enjoys the hustle and bustle of a busy class, or perhaps requires the quiet and calm of a small group. We are sure we have something that may suit you.
Our goal is to make you feel part of our extended ninja family, be included and have the option to take part in all our events and tournaments, throughout the year.
We don’t pretend to know everything about additional needs or disabilities, but we do know a lot about how all people are different. We will spend lots of time getting to know you and your child, helping with your training and reaching new goals you may never have thought possible.
We understand that the first barrier may be to even get to a class, as you may have anxieties or worries about various aspects of what to expect. So please know that we will do everything we can to help you get to your first class.
Some of the things we can do:
Send you photos of our training hall, the outside of the building and inside. Photos of the class and instructor. So you can see the sequence of how we work and what to expect.
We can meet you and/or your child to have a chat about our class, and tell you all about the things we do and answer questions, so you can meet Shidoshi Sinead before ever going to a class.
We can have someone meet you outside the hall after you have booked on and walk inside with you, so you have someone to show you what to do and so you do not feel on your own.
If you have a medical concern or would like to tell us more about your additional needs, we can meet in advance or speak over the phone. All your information will be kept private and confidential. And will only be used to help us understand your needs more, so we can better help you during class.
When you book on, you can come along and just watch part of a session or a full one, you do not have to join in on your first day. In fact we will only encourage you to join in with us, when you feel comfortable to do so.
We understand that starting something new can be hard with many more barriers or obstacles you feel might be in your way. So please get in contact with us and we can discuss your worries and concerns and try and help you find a way to build up the courage to come along for your first session.
To book on or to ask some more questions please click here to go to our contact page.