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Personal Disability Not a Challenge in Martial Arts

By Reid Shimizu

HONOLULU (KHNL) -  Isaac Lau has spent his entire life confined to a wheelchair. But his personal disability hasn't disabled Isaac's interest from participating in Martial Arts.

"It's good," he said "They go at your own speed."

In January, Isaac joined the Abilities Unlimited Martial Arts Academy. Currently Hawaii's only martial arts school for those with disabilities.

"Going out there and having a good time that's all that counts," he said, "That's all that matters."

Isaac was born with Cerebellar Ataxia, disorder of the nervous system which affects balance and coordination, but according to his mom, Joann, Isaac's determination to succeed has overcome his disability.

"I wouldn't have imagined it," she said, "He's a testimony that anything is possible if you just try it."

Abilities Unlimited Head Instructor Marty Williams has been running the Hawaii Academy for eight years, but admits he had his doubts at first.

"When I was first asked to do it and I didn't know what to expect," he said, "Today it's beyond what I ever envisioned is would be. It's opening eyes, and showing that people with disabilities can do this."

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