Diversity & Inclusion
Oom Yung Doe Seattle provides martial arts instruction in an inclusive environment, with extra supports offered to ensure the success of neurodiverse and disabled students. Oom Yung Doe Seattle is operated by Honor in Legacy, a 501(c)3 non-profit.
What do we mean when we refer to diversity and inclusion?
Inclusion is an approach to education based on the premise that all students (e.g., typically developing students, students with disabilities, English learners, students from culturally diverse backgrounds) should be accepted and valued for their unique abilities and included as integral members of the school.
We make a commitment to treat all of our students equitably (which is related to, yet distinct from, “equally”).
Our school has been designed to be a place where all students and families feel welcomed, supported, and valued.
We define diversity in its broadest sense, including differences in gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, generational history, culture, socioeconomic class, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship status, geographic origin and physical or intellectual ability.
What are some of the benefit of an inclusive environment?
All students are able to be part of their community and develop a sense of belonging.
Better opportunities are provided for learning. Students with varying abilities are often more highly motivated when they learn in classes surrounded by other children.
The expectations of all the students are higher. Successful inclusion attempts to develop an individual’s strengths and gifts.
Inclusion fosters a culture of empathy and respect. It also provides the opportunity to learn about and accept individual differences.
All students are provided with opportunities to develop friendships with one another. Friendships provide role models and opportunities for growth.
What are some of the benefits of martial arts training for those with disabilities?
Researchers have found that martial arts training provides focus, concentration, balance, tone, awareness, self-regulation, core strength, reduced anxiety, and spatial awareness. These skills help give children and adults with special needs develop martial arts skills and improve peer interactions, academics, and self-confidence.
The effectiveness of martial arts is attributed to teaching patterned movements that require a mind and body focus. This combination is extremely valuable in creating a strong mind-body connection for physical and mental training. (RAJAN, P. Martial arts practice in community-based rehabilitation: A review. International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation, [s. l.], v. 22, n. 1, p. 31–34, 2015).
In addition to helping those with physical disabilities, martial arts training also improves the lives of people on the autism spectrum. The repetitiveness of the motions, concentration on the instructors, and encouragement of the instructors are all associated with the benefits found in the research (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/black-belt-brain/201211/martial-arts-and-the-autism-spectrum).