Martial Arts Book, Disabled Warrior

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Help me write this important book, "Martial Arts for the Disabled Warrior."

To be able to DEFEND yourself from an attacker is as important as breathing. Knowing that YOU are SAFE in any situation is a BASIC NEED of human life.

My name is Steve Brumme. I walk on crutches. My legs are paralyzed and so I have two leg braces to hold them straight when I walk.

For 20 years, I have made it my mission TO DEVELOP A MARTIAL ARTS SYSTEM that will STOP AN ATTACKER FROM TAKING ADVANTAGE OF PARTIALLY ABLE BODIED PEOPLE.  Over this time I wrote down every technique that I transferred from teachers instructing fully abled bodied students, so that they would work while sitting, and on crutches.  This manual will be a compiled manual of these techniques.   

I have been asked by several martial arts friends and teachers to write and distribute this book.


If you find it touches your heart, please make a donation. If you think your friends will be inspired, then share this with them.

For your donation now, I will send you a link to an electronic copy of the book when I am finished. I will also keep you informed about the book’s progress in a monthly story.

It took 20 years to gather all the information. This manual will change lives. It will bring hope and an action plan to those who have lost limbs or become paralyzed.

Whether it is a permanently injured soldier returning from war, or a neighbor experiencing a car accident or a disease...Martial Arts for the Disabled Warrior will help them step back into their life with confidence.

By practicing these self-defense techniques the disabled student will discover added benefits.

1. Their body will become much stronger.
2. They will attain good physical balance.
3. They will feel proud.

How this project came to be . . .

As I mentioned, my legs are paralyzed and I have two leg braces to hold them straight. I walk on crutches.

And I am a strong martial artist.

Years ago I attended a martial arts competition in a large hall filled with over 100 martial artists all dressed in white uniforms and many colored belts. I was one of the competitors. My name was called by a black belt with a clipboard announcing that I was to step onto the mat to begin a sparing event with a black belt. My competitor walked on two good legs.

He came at me with a right straight punch to my face. I parried his fist to the outside with the long bar of my left crutch, and then punched him in the face with that same crutch. Just a tap to the nose. In a real fight, my crutch point would have broken his nose, blinding him to what was coming next. That was in the 1st second.

His eyes lit up with shocked surprise. In that little moment of his pausing my left hand grabbed his right collar, and my right fist punched him in the stomach. This made him buckle forward. That was in the 2nd second.

As he involuntarily moved into my space, I allowed my body to fall on my back in the direction of my right side, using his weight as a counterbalance so that I landed softly while he was catapulted over me and onto his back. In a real fight, that man would have landed on his head and would now be out cold. That was in the 3rd second.

In a real street attack, those three things would have gone much faster. Perhaps 1.5 seconds.

After my competition, a martial arts teacher walked up to me and shook my hand, saying, “Thanks for showing us your techniques.” I told him that I was glad he liked it.

He surprised me by saying, “No, it is more than that.”

Then he told me the story of a young woman who lived near his martial arts school. She lost her legs recently in a car accident and now lives in a wheelchair, he said. He smiled and explained that based on what he saw me perform he was inspired to invite her to come to his school and learn the arts of self-defense. As he finished the story his eyes got misty. It’s not every day you see a martial artist shed a tear about an act of kindness.

Knowing that I had helped him find a way to help her made me feel very proud.

To be able to defend yourself from an attacker is as important as breathing. Knowing that you are safe in any situation is a basic need of human life.

If you would like to be a part of this project, help me write it by making a donation, and if you think your friends would be inspired by this story, share it with them.

And for your donation now, I will send you a copy of the book when I am finished. I will also keep you informed about the book’s progress in a monthly story.

I have a history of training for athletic adventures.

I am a Paralympian. I wrote another book about my 900 Mile Rotary International, End Polio Now and Challenged Athletes Foundation Good Will Hand Cycle Tour.

It is called, Moving Fast Sitting Still: A 900 Mile Journey to Feed the Soul. You are welcome to order copies at my book website: www.movingfastsittingstill.net

I am also a master painter, creating beautiful works of art and prints for my customer's homes and offices. If you would like to see my art go to: www.movingfastsittingstill.net

All sales will support me in writing Martial Arts for the Disabled Warrior.

If you find it in your heart to make a donation and share this with friends, I will be grateful.

In the spirit of making our world a better place,

Steve Brumme
Sifu of Iron Crutch Tieguai Kung Fu
Iron Crutch Demonstration 

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The book Martial Arts for Disabled Warriors is coming along great. So far I have written down 36 useful self-defense techniques that can stop a mugging to someone in a wheelchair or on crutches. These are forms I have tested with teachers over the last 20 years.

As of right now,​ I am on target to have this book ready to read by the new year.

To everyone who has given me encouragements and gifts, I say thank you.
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Chapter 3: Beginning Techniques-Blocks and Punches

All martial arts techniques carry two messages to an attacker.

The first is defensive. It says you are not welcome to step into my zone unless I invite you.

The second is offensive. It says, you have stepped into my zone with a malevolent intention and now I will step into your space and take away your weapon.

Every journey begins with a first step. Blocks and punches are the first steps to understanding how to prevent and stop an attack.

This is a book for teachers and students who wish to assist Partially Abled Bodied Martial Artists to learn techniques that will protect them.

Being able to protect yourself is a basic need that everyone should be able to enjoy.

To the many of you who have supported this worthy project through sharing it with others, and through your encouragements and gifts, I thankyou.
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Martial Arts for Disabled Warriors, a couple of chapters a week.

California Martial Arts Team USA at the San Diego Grand International Martial Arts Tourney.

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To those of you who are reading this for the first time, or you’re still thinking about it, this is an invitation.

You are welcome to help me write, the first ever, The (Complete) Martial Arts for the Disabled Warrior book.

If you would like to help me in writing this book, share whatever you feel comfortable giving.

But first, let me ask you the question.

Is this book really important to those not disabled?

Yes. The book will transform your most cherished beliefs about the indestructability of those your love, and therefore, about your own immortatality.

How did I arrive at that answer?

Let me ask you three questions.

1. What happens to an American soldier when they return to your family, or business, or spiritual center, or town, coming home from a military conflict missing a leg caused from a road side bomb?

2. What happens to a man or woman in your communities who gets hit from a drunken driver and looses a leg and part of a spine?

3. And last question. What happens to a child in a family close to you who is inflicted with a disease that causes their legs to become paralyzed?

In the United States, all three questions receive the same answer. These fellow citizens, our friends or family members, will receive some sympathy, many good wishes, and then they will be relegated to standing outside most circles of friends.

Unless they stand up and fight hard for a place at the table, they will be forgotten, and in this way, disregarded.

The reason for this is not because Americans are cold hearted. Oh, no. Just the opposite. The Citizens of the United States are some of the warmest and most compassionate people ever to grace this green earth.

The reason Americans relegate Partially Abled Bodied soldiers to no-mans land, is because we Americans have no empowering stories about injured heroes.

You only need to observe to see the truth of this.

We give a member of the United States Marine Corp who is permanently injured in battle a medal of honor and a wheel chair and then we forget about them. And it gets worse. When they attend a community celebration or festival these injured soldiers are seen as ‘victims’ of war, rather than heroes elevated to the honor of Protectors of Freedom. There are no good stories being told about Disabled Warriors. Not in the United States at least.

This was not true of our Northern European and Nordic ancestors. According to their enemies, the Romans, and in this case, specifically, General Julius Caesar said in his notes home to the Roman Senate that these forest warrior’s, men and woman both were the most fierce, fearless, and skilled warriors his best Legionaries had ever encountered.

Why is this?

Because, according to Julius Caesar, our ancestors told empowering stories in which, even if they were to loose limbs in battle, still, their lives at home would be honored and also elevated as ‘living-among-us’ heroes.

What this means is that when they came home from battle with missing limbs, their relatives, their friends, their family, even their spouses congratulated them for their prowess in battle. The honors came in the form of many congratulations, festivals, and increased wealth.

This all happened because their communities told powerful stories in which the wounded hero could not loose.

For instance, the Germanic and Nordic tribes created mythological narratives in which the strongest, most valiant War gods were permanently disabled.

The War God Tyr, Thors righteous step brother lost his right hand capturing Finrir, the Hound of Hell, thus saving his father Odin, and his entire kingdom from annihilation.

Odin, the Father God of War lost his eye in a battle.

The Scottish Highlanders around village campfires told the story of the injured one as being 'blessed.' In their narrative, it was through the wound that the Elemental and Ancestral aiding spirits were able to enter the Disabled Warrior and make him more powerful. Even Super Human.

And yet, our American warriors and in the same way our partially abled bodied fellow citizens have no empowering stories that encourage them to get back on their ‘feet’ and step into a world of training to once more become wonderfully strong.

Now here is a real puzzler.

In every civilization, except the ones I just mentioned, every warrior who ever trained in the martial arts understood that at least once in their fighting careers they would come home on crutches. And while hopping around on crutches, they would have to continue to protect their honor with fighting skills.

Yet in my 20 years of study I have only come across three Martial Arts manuals written by and for a warrior disabled.

One was a 9th century Chinese Martial Arts form written for Crutches.

The second was a two volume video martial arts manual, for Street Fighting Wheel Chair Kung Fu, called San Soo, written by Grand Master Ron Scanlon in the early 1990s.

And then there was a third when my Sifu Tim McFarland taught me several of his Praying Mantis Kung Fu forms which he taught himself while he had been healing on crutches.

So let me ask the question again.

Is this manual important to each of us.


It is the story about stepping back into physical and mental power after an injury.

It is a book that will teach a warrior, and we are all warriors, HOW TO BECOME UNSTOPPABLE.

Will you support this book’s progress? If so, you are welcome to make a donation to my GoFundMe site. I will send you a copy of the book when it is finished.

And to the many of you who have paid me the compliment of making a donation through funds, encouragements and sharing, thank you.

Your friendship is precious to my spirit.

Steve Brumme
Iron Crutch Kung Fu
U.C. Berkeley, Chinese Martial Arts Tour
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