"Overcoming barriers you cannot see". Monkey Magic is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people with visual impairment and all others through free climbing.
Shaping the universal world where diversity is accepted, and create a matured and affluent society through paraclimbing.
We define “Universal World” as a society where each one of us, regardless of age, gender, culture or disabilities, supports each other, lives in peace, be content with the way we are, be able to make a difference with one's potential, and leads a happy life.
Monkey Magic Founder, Koichiro Kobayashi, himself is a big fan of climbing. He started climbing when he was sixteen, and in the midst of his 30-year climbing career, he began to lose the sight of both eyes. As he struggles with his progressive illness, he became aware that free climbing can be enjoyed by anyone with or without impairments. He is one of the pioneers dedicated to extend the possibilities of paraclimbing.
There is more to it than that.
Free climbing helps people grow not only physically, but also builds mental confidence and develops challenge mindset. It is a lifetime sport people with disabilities can enjoy throughout their lives which increases exercise opportunities, promotes self-reliance and social participation by empowering, and improves quality of life (QOL). Same regulations and rules apply regardless of impairments. Climbing provides valuable opportunities where non-disabled and disabled share the same atmosphere, building a relationship that is not “helper-helpee”, but friends without the barrier.