Special Needs Taekwon-Do

In January of 2020, Special Needs Taekwon-Do International (SNTI) President Ben Evans and ITF-TAO Executive Director Mr. Mike Morningstar made an official International Member Organization agreement.  This means that all members with ITF TAO are jointly affiliated with SNTI will have access to all opportunities provided for special needs. Both International organizations are working hard for the greater good of one cause……..Special Needs Taekwon-Do!

Our Philosophy:

Many instructors forget one crucial element to working with students, in this case, working with special needs children, the parent more often than not, always knows and understands their child better than the Instructor does. 

We first must understand the difference between the terms “Special Needs” and “Disability”. We see these words quite often being used interchangeably, most parents who have children with non-visible disabilities like Autism, or intellectual disabilities like Down Syndrome, prefer to use the term “Special Needs”

These terms both have different meaning so cannot be used interchangeably.


1. Crippled, injured, incapacitated.

2. Persons who are crippled, injured or incapacitated.

Special Needs; 

1. The special educational requirements of those with learning difficulties, emotional or behavioral problems, or physical disabilities.

“Special Needs” is about education “Disability” is about the body, brain or senses. There are a lot of children in school who do not have disabilities but have special needs regarding their education. There are many people with special needs who do not have a disability, and many people with a disability do not have special needs. 

It is important as an instructor to tailor techniques to fit individual students instead of attempting to mold the student to fit the technique. Through teaching it is important to also understand many could require a different method of learning to others individual needs. We all learn in unique ways, and we all have needs that are special to ourselves. That is why when approaching teaching, regardless of who one wishes to teach, one must know his or her own limits as a teacher, and above all, understand the principles underlying his or her own Martial Art.

Once one understands the principles, there is NO DIFFERENCE in teaching Taekwon-Do to different types of students. Martial Arts is the study of Body-Mind-Spirit in equal parts. What the body can’t do, the spirit makes up for.

Our Focus:

1. To provide and promote the health benefits of Taekwon-Do to those with both physical and intellectual disabilities.

2. To educate instructors about the the special needs community to help achieve improved fitness, flexibility, confidence, self esteem and well-being.

4. To promote instructors to deliver to special needs a more positive life and to help those in the community see they can reach their full potential regardless of physical or intellectual challenges.

5. To be able to offer Taekwon-Do to special needs athletes regardless of financial income.

6. To provide an educational International organisation for instructors throughout the world with ongoing courses and workshops.

7. To provide opportunities to the special needs Taekwon-Do community to be able to participate in local, regional, national and international world championships.

8. To provide inclusion and working together with mainstream at numerous championships through Special Needs Taekwon-Do.


Please visit www.specialneedstaekwondo.org for more information.







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