Muaythai for all Abilities

Referring to the Article 30 of the United Nations Enable, the official website of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SCRPD) on Participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport and its provisions:

a) To encourage and promote the participation, to the fullest extent possible, of persons with disabilities in mainstream sporting activities at all levels;

b) To ensure that persons with disabilities have an opportunity to organize, develop and participate in disability-specific sporting and recreational activities and, to this end, encourage the provision, on an equal basis with others, of appropriate instruction, training and resources;

c) To ensure that persons with disabilities have access to sporting, recreational and tourism venues;

d) To ensure that children with disabilities have equal access with other children to participation in play, recreation and leisure and sporting activities, including those activities in the school system;

(e) To ensure that persons with disabilities have access to services from those involved in the organization of recreational, tourism, leisure and sporting activities

European Muaythai Federation as an IFMA body pledges to observe above mentioned points as the only time IFMA looks down on someone is when it helps them up. EMF tries to address people with different abilities and offer them activity which can add value to their lives regardless if it is mobility, stamina/breathing/fatigue, dexterity, mental health or hearing impairments.

Case study:

Lithuanian Muaythai Federation

Strong body - strong soul: Muaythai! Robust soul - sturdy body: MUAYTHAI!


Muaythai for people with different abilities - absolute advantage.

A very successful project “Enduring soul - sturdy body: MUAYTHAI” was made in the Kaunas city at Disabled Youth Employment Center.

The project was organised by the Lithuanian Muaythai Union, Lithuanian Association “Sport for All" supported and financed by the Department of Physical Education and Sports under the government of the Republic of Lithuania.

Athletes have conducted theoretical and practical muaythai sessions for the youth which became a popular exercise for all the inmates of the center.

"We are very cautious with the first introduction of this project in the center's pupils but now we can see how effective and popular muaythai has become even after the first session. The Kaunas Disabled Youth employment center has been cooperating with the sports club "Titan" for more than 15 years, and it was a challenge to integrate muaythai into the daily activities, but we all have accepted it. "- Said the leader of the club and coach Marius Misiunas.

Kaunas disabled Youth Centre is the institution that provides social services in the city of Kaunas for people with physical, mental and psychological and complex physical and mental disabilities, who are set to I - 0-25 percent of capacity, II 30-55 percent of capacity, and III - 60-100 percent of capacity disability groups. The center admits people from 18 years (in exceptional cases - from 17 years).

Exercise cycle consisted of a theoretical video presentation, demonstration by Vaido Valančius and David Danylos with detailed explanations and comments followed by practical mass workout, taking and adapting the training according to each person's level of disability.

"How can one have a strong body, if there is no strong soul? Everything is interconnected in sport. It is important to train and develop the weak points and strengthen them. Muaythai - with its 2000 year-old history and deep rooted traditions, a strong code of honor and exceptional attention to psychological upbringing has it all to appeal to people with impaired physical and mental abilities. Therefore, muaythai is a sport suitable even for the more sensitive social groups. "- said Marius Misiunas.


Guidelines followed by IFMA for organising international events

·         Provide adjustments to overcome the barriers that prevent disabled people attending sporting events. For example, better information about the facilities to let the disabled spectator make an informed decision about whether they can, or cannot, attend a sporting event.

·         Easy read, large print, maps in two contrasting colours, audio, using sign language etc.

·         provide useful information for disabled spectators, for example, distance from local parking, gradient of pavements, distance from coach drop off points, etc.

·         Possibility to book tickets online and in doing so be able to select and purchase seats that manage their impairment.

·         Possibility to provide wheelchair / disabled spectators’ seating that allows the disabled spectator to sit with family and friends.

·         access to toilets specifically equipped for people with disabilities

·         Every member of staff and volunteers should receive disability-awareness / confidence training.

For all international IFMA events the LOC is requested to observe the following points to provide a comfortable experience of IFMA events:

● Transport and access to the stadium

● Information and signage

● Parking

● Ticket outlets and designated entrances

● Movement and circulation in and around the stadium

● Toilets

● Restaurants and bars

● Hospitality suites

● Retail and commercial activities

● Press and media

World Championships 2016 in Jonkoping, Sweden will be held in the Kinnarps Arena which is fully in line with all the requirements for comfortable attendance of people with different abilities. Kinnarps Arena is a part of Elmia exhibition place where people can enjoy accessible restaurants, services, parking areas and special entrances adapted for wheel chairs.

The following points have been taken in to consideration to ensure that people with different abilities and reduced mobility can experience the World Championships in fullest and support their teams.

·         Adapted pavements for easy wheel chair access at the entrance

·         Adapted elevators for wheelchair use

·         Disabled toilet facilities

·         Automatic door opening and closing

·         Automatic door with marked area for door opening

·         Photo cell controlled doors

·         Adapted pavements for easy wheel chair access at the entrance

·         Directive floor markings to guide partially sighted persons

·         Directive floor markings in different colours at stairs to guide partially sighted persons

·         Seating area for wheelchair users and companions 


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