Leading martial arts experts are supporting a day-long course in Worcestershire to help raise awareness of how the disabled can take up sports like taekwondo.
The event also aims to raise £5,000 for a sports wheelchair for disabled martial artist Dave Lee, who was paralysed in a car accident in which five of his lumbar vertebrae were shattered.
Mr Lee, who had watched his young son take part in taekwondo classes, was told by several instructors they could not teach him for insurance or health and safety-related reasons.
But he persevered and in five months had achieved blue belt status in taekwondo, a feat which can take able-bodied athletes about two years to attain.
On October 14, former world kick boxing champion Pele Reid, Birmingham martial arts star Chris Crudelli, and Keith Morgan - former technical director of the World Jiu Jitsu Federation - will be among those showcasing their skills at the Perdiswell Leisure Centre, in Worcester.
Dave Oliver, chairman of the Taekwondo Association of Great Britain, said: "I personally do not see any problem with adapting a taekwondo syllabus for a disabled student in a wheelchair." n Call Perdiswell Leisure Centre about the course on 01905 457189 or visit www.walkright.org