Welcome to Special Kicks at Pooler Karate—the original program that launched Special Kicks!

This program was designed to make the art of karate accessible to everyone, regardless of age, ability, or physical limitations. We believe that martial arts should be inclusive and provide a safe and supportive environment for all participants, for all abilities.

Our program is led by experienced black-belt instructors who are dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of karate while also adapting the techniques to meet the needs of each individual. Whether you are a beginner or have previous martial arts experience, our program will challenge and empower you to unlock your full potential no matter your ability. Here at Special Kicks, we don’t focus on a student’s disability—instead, we reveal the abilities within.

Our curriculum includes a variety of techniques, including strikes, kicks, blocks, and self-defense skills, with a focus on developing discipline, confidence, and respect. We also incorporate strength and conditioning exercises to help you build endurance and improve your overall fitness level, no matter where you are on your journey. We work with students with different abilities who are navigating life with autism, Down syndrome, developmental delays, amputations, genetic variations, Tourette syndrome, microcephaly, cerebral palsy, vision impairment, epilepsy, or brain injury, among other diagnoses. To us, a person is more than his or her diagnosis, and we seek to help develop that person into the best possible version of himself or herself.

In addition to our regular classes, we offer private lessons tailored to your specific needs and goals. Our program includes opportunities for belt advancement for every student.

We invite you to join our community of dedicated martial artists and experience the benefits of our adaptive karate program. Contact us today to schedule your first class or evaluation!

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