Ikkaido is a registered charity based in the muliti-cultural City of Oxford, located in the middle of England. It is led by the CEO, Ray Sweeney, who is ranked in the Top 50 Most Influential Coaches in the World.
Ikkaido (also known as Disability Karate Federation) adapts martial arts to improve the lives of people who are disabled, disadvantaged, suffering from mental illness, infirmity or living with poverty. It takes martial arts into disadvantaged communities, schools and colleges working with organisations and young people with fewer opportunities to help them tackle their issues and to motivate them towards taking steps towards better health, recovery and independent living. They promote healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle, and also offer opportunities to join mainstream sessions to provide some of the essential elements towards inclusion.
Ikkaido partners with schools, colleges and adult day care to create new participation, providing sessions of martial arts.
Ikkaido has shared their knowledge around the world and there are Ikkaido non-profits in many countries. Ikkaido works on international education and empowerment projects with Irish Martial Arts Commission. Wheelpower, UNESCO Chair of Disability, International Council of Sports Science and PE, International Council of Coaching Excellence and the Sport for All Olympic Federation TAFISA. Ikkaido are members of the UN Global Compact and signatories to the Marseille Declaration.
Working with 1st4Sport Qualifications, Coachwise and UK Coaching, Ikkaido specialise in creating and delivering regulated and accredited inclusive coaching qualifications. Ikkaido train and employ coaches, teachers, young leaders, PE teachers, assessors and internal quality assurers. Ikkaido create education and employment opportunities for people with fewer opportunities; disadvantaged youth, especially females, people living with poverty and disabled people. Ikkaido develop workshops on communications for disabled people, coaching and empowerment of people with fewer opportunities.
Ikkaido has grown participation to over 1500 disabled and disadvantaged young people in the UK. It is the largest organisation in the world for martial arts athletes with a disability.