K like Karate : ” Japanese system of unarmed combat in which the hands and  feet are used as weapons”

Karate is not considered a suitable sport for PWH but is not considered a total forbidden one neither!!

In the GO FOR IT it is catalogued as YELLOW or Red : can be practiced with extreme caution

Caution for hemophilia would be :

– to be on prophylaxis program to raise the level of factor in the blood and for this reason transform  a severe hemophilia to moderate or mild.

If there is no prophylaxis available, I would suggest to chose another sport for little ones. Teenagers know their body’s limitations at this point and can make good decisions.

– use a proper joint protection

– do the regular previous warm up exercices and relaxation after them to let the muscles streched .

-go for it, but with medical orientation and with patience gradually.


This is why I always say to the families and kids with hemophilia: LEARN ABOUT your hemophilia. How is your body doing so far? where do you have a persistent bleeding? how is your level of factor (are you moderate, mild hemophilia?) in the blood?
A mild hemophilia will have almost for sure more chances to practice a sport that requires at some point body contact or contact with object (giving a kick , or pulling an obstacle).
Each young man with hemophilia, will have to follow his good sense and experiment to see what and in what degree he will be able to practice for ex. Karate.

Some of the techniques learnt in Karate teach the adept  about self-control,  provide an excellent posture and  can help muscles and joints to be flexible and strong at the same time.

If Karate means to you , kicking others and fighting all the time…forget about it. This is not Karate, nor Kung Fu…

There is a philosophy behind any martial art. Learn about it.

K como Karaokê : ” Em Japonês, a palavra significa Orquestra vazía”

É uma atividade bem engraçada! a pessoa canta olhando para um telão onde aparecem as letras da música !! cantar faz bem a alma…daquele que canta  ….porque  às vezes quem sofre mesmo  são os coitados que vão ouvir os desafinados! 🙂

About frederica cassis

My name is Frederica Dillen CASSIS, born of a Belgium mother and an Egyptian father, on the 3rd of January 1966 in Brussels, Belgium. I´ve travelled a lot, lived in many countries. Brazil is my seventh country and i live in Sao Paulo for 19 years now. Graduated in Clinical Psychology in 1991, I specialized in Junguian Psychology and in Hemophilia since then. LATEST PROJECTS: 1) Launching IN-HEMOACTION flash cards, where I added new topics like Inhibitors and their different treatments, physiotherapy and a some playful activities like video games! 2) HERO (Hemophilia Experiences Results and Opportunities) sponsored by Novo Nordisk since 2009, exploring through qualitative and quantitative analysis the psychosocial issues involving People with hemophilia, their carers and the health professionals in the treatment process. check this project in my blog www.blood4.wordpress.com Now, HERO is in Brazil! soon the results will be available. 2) P-TET (Pediatric Thrombosis Educational Tool) flash cards in evolution stage, for kids on anti-coagulant treatment...inspired on IN-HEMOACTION flashcards success. 3) I am a co-author along with psychologist Irene Fuchs and Edward Kuebler of a booklet called "Communication, love and sexuality for people with hemophilia, carriers and family" 4) an on going process of a systematic review for the Cochrane Collaboration about "psychological interventions for people with hemophilia and their families" On a more personal level i have 3 three great not anymore children :) Danaê 24, Rubi 18 and Iggy 15) and i love to jogg, dance and read. To walk and look for shells on a beach too and I discover that i love deserts...:)

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