I've searched the forum and could not find this topic covered. If I managed to miss it, please direct me there.
I lead a humble dojo of 10-15 karateka aged 12-50's. Two of my favorite students are young brothers (13 y.o.) who have been with me for a number of years. They both suffer from spina bifida, which greatly limits their mobility on their feet. One uses a large cane and the other has two arm braces (sort of like crutches) to get around. While they can move and perform kata at slower pace, kicking is pretty much out and there's not much stability to speak of so most grappling is not doable either. From a seated position, they can do most drills focusing on the upper body and hands (limb control, chokes, etc.), but I'm begining to run out of ideas to keep them engaged and push them further. They are no slackers, and I expect them to work hard and stay focused, but I also know young minds bore easily and I could use some fresh ideas to throw their way. Especially as they're getting older, I'm shifting their training more towards serious self defence applications. Of course, given their circumstances, effective self defense is a tall order, but I plan on exhausting the possibilities.
Do any of you have experience with similar students/conditions and would be willing to share your teaching methods? Any ideas, drills, tricks, or otherwise are greatly appreciated.