Workshop "Martial Arts and Disabilities: For Physical and Psychosocial Wellbeing"

ERFCON 2017 Martial Arts F

Martial arts have physical movement, cognition, and social components. How those are experienced by the participant with a disability can be targeted and facilitated by the instructor or therapist. This session will present specifics of those components, how to target them, and will demonstrate some of the related skills and involve attendees in them. Also, the session will provide a brief history of the health and healing components of martial arts and describe evidence-based physical, cognitive, and social benefits associated with a variety of martial arts styles. Applications of martial arts methods in treatment and community-based programmes serving participants with disabilities will be presented and discussed, as well as, safety and contraindications of using martial arts with persons with disabilities. Through demonstration and action, participants will experience techniques targeting specific behavioural outcomes that are relevant to clinical and community settings.


Don Rogers, PhD, CTRS; Professor & Dept. Chairperson
Indiana State University
College of Health and Human Services
Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport

Brian Pike, MS.; Martial Arts Coordinator
Indiana State University
College of Health and Human Services
Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport


Assis. Prof. Damir Miholić, Ph.D.
Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Zagreb
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May 20, 2017, 9:00 - 13:00 CET (9 am - 1 pm CET)
Aikido Society Zagreb, House of Aikido
Koturaška 1, Zagreb (parking place Paromlin)
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30 participants


20 €

Please, make a payment after our confirmation that your application is within the maximum number of the participants.
Payments can be made by bank transfer:

Edukacijsko-rehabilitacijski fakultet (Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences)
Borongajska cesta 83f
10000 Zagreb

Žiro račun / Giro account - IBAN: HR8723600001101355137
Poziv na broj / Reference: payers OIB

The Invoice will be delivered to you at the beginning of the workshop. Please, bring with you a copy of the payment confirmation.


May 12, 2017

Since the number of participants is limited, the priority list will be established on a first come - first served basis. REGISTER NOW


DRogersDon Rogers, Ph.D., CTRS
Don has a Ph.D. in Leisure Behaviour with a Counselling minor, plus a Master's degree in Recreation Therapy with an outdoor emphasis, both from Indiana University. His undergraduate is in Recreation with a Recreation Therapy emphasis from the University of North Texas, and he has an A.A.S. in Engineering Design and Drawing from San Jacinto J.C., Texas. He is also a certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and holds a black belt, first Dan, in HapKido and teaching level skills in Kali.

His professional activities have been focused on rehabilitation applications of recreation therapy, sports and physical activities, including martial arts, for persons with disabilities, and outdoor inclusive adventure-based programming, water-based adapted activities and organized camping. His work in these areas has included extensive travel in the US and internationally to Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Croatia, and Canada providing presentations, consultation and training. His work in martial arts includes the establishment of the National Inclusive Martial Arts Academy at Indiana State University and numerous conference sessions and workshops.

BPikeBrian Pike, MS.; Martial Arts Coordinator
Brian began training in martial arts in 2004 while completing his Bachelor’s degree at Indiana University. Starting in Hapkido, he explored a variety of different styles including Jeet Kune Do, Escrima, Taekwondo, T’ai Chi Ch’uan, and fencing. He served as the Treasurer for the Indiana University Hapkido/Self-Defense Club from 2006 to 2007, then was elected President from 2007 to 2009. While in this leadership role, he earned his first black belt in Hapkido in 2007 and began teaching, both for the Hapkido Club and as an adjunct faculty member at the IU School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. In 2013, he completed a Master’s in Recreational Sport Administration, focusing on the benefits of recreational and collegiate martial arts training. During that time he was also promoted to 3rd degree black belt in Hapkido, 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo, and was awarded an instructor certification in Jeet Kune Do and Escrima through Martial Concepts.