After years of hard work, Master Jurgen Schmidt developed a very realistic and effective Self-Defense program based on the ICHF Combat HapKiDo system.
The resulting program was so successful that it came to the attention of local Hospitals like Jackson Memorial and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital. These and many other Hospitals subsequently asked Master Schmidt to conduct Self-Defense seminars for the benefit of their patients.
While continuing to train and further develop the system, news about his achievements and unique program spread throughout the Martial Arts community, making the public aware of the fact that the disabled are frequent victims of crime and are particularly vulnerable to physical assault. Master Schmidt also recognized the need for a training program that would not only teach Self-Defense skills but also offer rehabilitative, therapeutic and emotional benefits for individuals with different types of disabilities. Master Schmidt has also developed a specialized program to teach Martial Arts Instructors and School Owners on how to teach and bring this type of program for the disabled to their communities.
Aside from being the only known person in the World to have developed such a comprehensive program, Jurgen Schmidt is also the only disabled individual ever to obtain such a high rank in the Martial Art of HapKiDo (including official certification by the Korean Government).
In addition to being a leading expert on Self-Defense for the disabled, in 1993 Jurgen Schmidt also founded the National Handicapped Watercraft Riders Association, the countrys first Association dedicated to teaching the disabled how to ride Jet-Skis. As a result he was featured several times on television, and in numerous newspapers and magazine articles.