Rock Hill Judo Academy Affiliates With the Blind Judo Foundation Furthering the Gentle Art of Judo to Blind and Visually Impaired in the Local Community

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The Blind Judo Foundation welcomes select organizations imparting the age-old skills of Jigoro Kano, founder of the ancient art of “the Gentle Way” better known as Judo. Having qualified affiliates in the local community with the skills of working with blind and visually impaired children, young adults, and individuals in Judo, is not only impactful but empowering and life enhancing for the blind and visually impaired.

Coaching Leadership at Rock Hill Judo Academy. Left to right: Senseis Mary Krug Lozner, Norm Cleva, Ian Vosper - Owner of the Academy

Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be. – Zig Ziglar

The Blind Judo Foundation's Co-Founder and Head Coach of Cahill’s Judo Academy has a history of producing champions in the sport of Judo. Many of his current and former students (Judoka) can be found through out the US and many foreign countries.

With a history of working with disabilities including the blind and visually impaired has brought Head Sensei, Ian Vosper of Rock Hill Judo Academy (Dojo) to the forefront in becoming a recognized Affiliate of the Blind Judo Foundation.

Familiarity with blind Judo is not only a community asset but an opportunity for introducing and training the blind and visually impaired in the ancient sport of Judo. Sensei Ian started Judo at the early age of 9 in Devon, England and has had Judo in his blood ever since.

He was introduced to and trained blind children in the sport of Judo. It was a natural for the newly formed Rock Hill Judo Academy, in Rock Hill, SC to incorporate those earlier skills being taught by the legendary Coach Willy Cahill of the Blind Judo Foundation and Sensei Ian himself.

The Rock Hill Judo Academy is fortunate to also have Sensei Mary Krug Lozner, an Instructor and Member of the Academy staff. Sensei Mary was the first American to win a Gold Medal in an International Judo competition at the British Open in London. Having this type of talent and experience will greatly benefit all those who come before her dedicated to studying and learning the ancient sport of Judo.

Sensei Norm Cleva another Instructor at the Rock Hill Judo Academy has been practicing Judo since 1960 representing the Navy Marine Team at the 1964 Olympic Trials. He is a two-time 1986 and 1992 National Judo Champion in the Masters Division. Since Sensei Norm discovered the Rock Hill Judo Academy, he has been able to bring his years of experience to the students (Judoka) of the Academy.

The life enhancing skills of Judo goes beyond the color of one’s belt. Judo is about building confidence, compassion, character, commitments, humility, respect and responsibility. It is also a great defense against the domestic and international epidemic of bullying. The Blind Judo Foundation and Rock Hill Judo Academy have a zero tolerance for bullying whether on the mat or off and are recognized by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center as Champions Against Bullying. Judo training is not intended to bring harm to a bully but to confront the epidemic.

About us:
The Blind Judo Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization who introduces and trains blind and visually impaired children, young adults and our returning blind and visually impaired military men and women in the sport of Judo. Supporting our blind athletes to train, travel, attend camps and compete relies upon your tax-exempt donations.

All members of the Blind Judo Foundation are volunteers. A select few of our elite athletes go on to represent the USA as members of the US Paralympic (not to be confused with Special Olympics) Judo Team. More about the Foundation can be seen on our Facebook page. Ron C. Peck can be contacted at roncpeck(at)blindjudofoundation(dot)org or 1-425-444-8256 or Coach Willy Cahill at 1-650-589-0724

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