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Yes, You Can – Karate Kickin Dwarf

I meet a lot of people and I talk about my experiences in practicing martial arts and how I use many of the techniques I learn in a variety of day to day applications. People usually respond in a positive manner and are awestruck. People then say things about how they would love to learn a martial art or self-defense system because it looks fun or that they do not want to become a victim. As always I reply back with an encouraging statement. As the conversation keeps going people begin to provide excuses on how they are not physically fit or they are not physically capable. My personal favorite “…I am not coordinated and I don’t have any balance…”

Source: www.karatekickindwarf.com/yes-you-can


Check out my article beginning on page 37 of …

World Martial Arts Magazine April 2017 Issue

World Martial Arts Magazine. April 2017 Issue. Featuring hank garrett, joe fiorentino, michaeld mcgann, JONG SONG KIM, Bohdi Sanders, richard hackworth,darren norris, andrea harkins, Sharon E. Salvaggio

Source: worldmartialartsmagazine.com/april2017/


One in a Million: Man with dwarfism has passion for martial arts

This is not the first time Larry McDonnell has been in the newspaper.

Source: www.wvgazettemail.com/life/20170421/one-in-a-million-man-with-dwarfism-has-passion-for-martial-arts


Break the Fall – Karate Kickin Dwarf

I want to point out that there is another common misconception when it comes to martial arts and self-defense. Most people think you are training to defend yourself from a potential attacker, an abusive person, or a mugger in the parking garage. Best case scenario; you go through life and never need to use any of the defensive techniques against another person. You never know; your attacker may not even be a person or even a living creature.

Source: www.karatekickindwarf.com/break-the-fall


Dealing with Misconceptions – Karate Kickin Dwarf

The other day I was interviewing Brandon Ryan of Adaptive Defense Methods for Karate Talk. Mr. Ryan brought up an interesting point about how disabled people are hesitant to try martial arts. I continued to think about his comment and several other thoughts occurred. I soon realized that there are a few common misconceptions people …

Source: www.karatekickindwarf.com/dealing-with-misconceptions


Woah, I Know Jujitsu – Karate Kickin Dwarf

Last summer I was asked to write an article for a magazine on how martial arts helped my self-esteem. More specifically I focused on what karate did for me when I first began practicing in 1999. After a year of practicing martial arts, I was able to walk without the use of a walker. As …

Source: www.karatekickindwarf.com/woah-i-know-jujitsu


Karate Talk – S1E01 Adaptive Defensive Methods

Today we talk with Brandon Ryan from Adaptive Defensive Methods. Adaptive Defensive Method is an organization that focuses on teaching disabled people how to…

Source: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XY1orb_b2ZA


Mommy, why does that boy have a beard? – Karate Kickin Dwarf

Mommy, why does that little boy have a beard? …and other frequently asked questions from children who see me out in public. In this post I explore the dwarf side of the Karate Kickin Dwarf. I provide answers to most of the frequently asked questions by kids and adults.

Source: www.karatekickindwarf.com/mommy-why-does-that-boy-have-a-beard


15 Minutes of Fame Series

My National Debut That Almost Didn’t Happen – Karate Kickin Dwarf

The days leading up to September 11, 2001, were very exciting for me. After an interesting phone call, I realized that practicing martial arts was becoming more than just a hobby… Read about the adventure about how a national TV producer found a newspaper article about a dwarf practicing martial arts and how it landed him on TV.

Source: www.karatekickindwarf.com/my-national-debut-that-almost-didnt-happen


National TV Debut – Karate Kickin Dwarf

Previously on Karate Kickin Dwarf… I wrote about how early in my martial arts training I was featured in the local newspaper and how it got the attention of producers of a talk show in New York City. Due to the terrorist attacks that took place on September 11, 2001 I almost did not get …

Source: www.karatekickindwarf.com/national-tv-debut


The Front Page – Karate Kickin Dwarf

The last installment of my 3 part series on my 15 minute of fame from being featured in the local newspaper, to showcasing my skills on national television, and making the front page of a local magazine.

Source: www.karatekickindwarf.com/the-front-page


Dwarfism Resources:


For people who are interested in u dwarfism, here are a few links.

Little People of America
LPA National Conference
Understanding Dwarfism
Dwarfism Athletic Association of America
Diastrophic Dwarfism (that’s my type of dwarfism)


The Karate Kickin Dwarf:


Moments after I got my orange belt in jujitsu class.

Karate Kickin Dwarf shares fun and inspiring stories about practicing karate and jujitsu through the eyes of someone with a disability. Read along as you hear about the misadventures of Larry a 3 foot tall dwarf as he takes on life challenges such as sweaty opponents, the carpet, and average height daughters who like average height boys. More than that though 3 feet worth of action, hilarity, and life lessons are packed into the stories, interviews, product reviews, and guides. So come on in and enjoy a game of dwarf tossing where instead of you tossing the dwarf, the dwarf tosses you!

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18 thoughts on “WELCOME

  1. Hi Larry, just finished reading all your posts, love your writing! I feel our youth had a lot in common…thought I was the only person who remembers Don the dragon Wilson!! lol!

    I’m very much looking forward to following your blog, Great stuff!

    1. A few people have looked at me quizzically when I mention Don the Dragon Wilson. I can remember being a boy and mom telling me that karate movies was on and it had Don the Dragon Wilson or Cynthia RothRock.

  2. Hello Larry, great blog thanks for the follow on twitter, look forward to sharing and retweeting our martial arts journeys, I am shodan 1st dan black belt in Karate and also instruct in my own dojo in our own style, also I’m totally blind, renal transplant patient with diabetes. Good day to you sir and all the best from the blind Sensei Mark Brown in the United Kingdom.
    OSS

  3. Hello Larry, good to hear from you and I too think your blog is a great idea. I will pass it onto some of my adaptive martial artists. I am sure you will be an inspiration to them and other Karateka. I still hope we can get together sometime soon.

    1. Nicholas DiTirro, Ph.D.

      Jeff, I know its been over twenty years (I worked for S&R Micom), but if you remember me, I would love to touch base with you.

      Outstanding, website/blog. We need more people in the Martial Arts that understand that the true Warrior is from Within.

  4. steven dechristopher

    this is great, we are average height parents of a 5yr old lp girl. she is very althletic not sure which activity to start her in, we are thinking jijitsu, soccer and gymnastics.

    1. I am glad you like the web site. I am hoping it has helped you answer any questions you may have asked. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have anymore questions.

      Do you mind if I make a suggestion? As a father of 3 girls I would let her try all 3 activities to see which one she likes the most. Make sure you find a coach or an instructor who is willing to work with someone that is a dwarf. In my earlier years wanting to take karate I had instructors turn me down. I was limited on what I could compete in when tournaments came into town. What ever you do, do not let these things discourage her. Remind her everyday she can do anything she sets her mind to.

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