A Blind Woman Using Martial Arts Training to Build Her Skills, Reminds Us All that We Can Practice Ourselves to Better Skills of Any Kind
"Wax on Wax off." Mr. Miyagi's famous line from a movie long ago...The Karate Kid is brought to mind with this story. As an expert who trains processing skills to be better and stronger, I have always promoted the idea that practicing the right way can bring people to a place of improving disabilities and that cognitive, processing and even motor skills can be improved significantly through repetitive movements and exercises. The Karate Kid is a movie that for all the years I have trained people, I have asked my clients to watch prior to training with me, to create processing excellence skills, so they can understand the concept of how to make that work the right way,
In a society that all too often sadly believes that the deck of cards you get dealt, is what you have to live with, and that many times, medication is the only way to help, this story is breath of fresh air! Amanda apparently never got that message and how great for her!
Here is the original article and the links to the story and the Sensei and Dojo that is helping her...
From Channel 13 News
Amanda Shevitski enjoys learning martial arts.
The 28-year-old Pinellas Park woman is blind and has cerebral palsy, but she doesn’t let her disabilities slow her down.
Shevitski has been taking lessons atRyan Dean’s The Dojo in Largo for about nine months, learning an Okinawan-style karate called Uechi Ryu and a Japanese art called Jujutsu
Sensei Ryan Dean said he takes a hands-on approach to teaching Amanda and relies on verbal instructions instead of demonstrations.
“I also will hold her in positions where she feels the correct positioning," Dean said.
Regular lessons include learning everything from strength training and stretching to kicking and pushing techniques.
"I rely on verbal cues, environmental factors, senses of feel and hearing," Shevitski said. "It really does help you learn balance and strength and it helps you also to heighten your senses more than they already are."
Dean, a seventh-degree black belt, said he's inspired by his student.
"She never gives up, and she works really hard," Dean said."
This lady is an inspiration to all of us. Having any disability is very hard, and the tendency to feel a lack of control around that is all too common. She chose to fight it, and make a difference in her own life. Kudos to her and to this wonderful Sensei who is doing custom training to help her get to her goals.
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