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May 1, 2010 the National Judo Championships were held in Myrtle Beach, SC. Myles Porter, who lives at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO was one of the competitors. He has been visually impaired since birth and first learned the sport of Judo in Freemont, Ohio where he also wrestled. His vision is only 10% of a what is considered "normal" vision. Myles also won Gold at the...[ Read More... ]
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Pepsi has provided Grant money for worthy causes. The Blind Judo Foundation has been accepted for a $5000 Grant to help four blind / visually impaired Judo athletes prepare for the next Olympic / Paralympic Games. However it requires everyone to VOTE for this cause. Therefore go to [url=http://www.refresheverything.com]Pepsi Refresh Project[/url] and under HEALTH search for "support blind...[ Read More... ]
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[IMG]http://cdn.abclocal.go.com/images/kabc/cms_exf_2007/on_the_red_carpet/101011_otrc_dwts_wk4_grey_dancing.jpg[/IMG] Movie star Jennifer Grey and star choreographer Derek Hough wow the judges and audience with an awesome Argentine Tango on "Dancing With The Stars" week 4 Monday night, earning the first 10's of the season. The judges described their dance performance as "prime time delight"...[ Read More... ]
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Tuesday night's "Dancing With The Stars" elimination show started with the encore performance by Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough for their amazing dance and outstanding choreography. They actually changed up the beginning of the dance, replacing the few notes of piano playing with dancing the moves out. Another awesome dance. We got a laugh with the re-airing of the video clip from DWTS last year...[ Read More... ]
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Alex was born in Romania twenty-three years ago under a notorious dictator by the name of Nicolae Ceaușescu. Back in 1989 ABC's 20/20 did a special on this dictator and his wife called [U][I]Shame of a Nation [/I][/U]. Fortunately Alex was adopted at the age of six by a loving American Family. Growing up Alex sustained bullying, struggles with basic reading, writing and speaking yet is...[ Read More... ]
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mdevera :shock: "A coach that doesn't want parents to watch?!" Originally Posted by meganclarke: The Gym Chat Forum has a thread on this topic with links to the Nick Checker situation: A coach that doesn’t want parents to watch?!From the site, gymnasticscoaching.com: A coach Nick Checker (Nicholas P. Checker, Nicholas Checker) resigned his position after 21-years with...[ Read More... ]
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President Bush announced today, Friday, August 29, 2008 the Presidential Delegation to the Paralympic Games at the Opening Ceremonies on September 6 in Beijing. The Delegation includes Kevin Szott, US Paralympic Judo Team Gold Medalist from the 2000 Games in Sydney. It is interesting to note that Gold has never been won by the US Olympic Judo Team since Judo was introduced at the Olympic level in...[ Read More... ]
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We have added a blogs feature to the Gym Chat Message Boards! All members can post their own blog, and allow others to comment on them. (No player web registration necessary, just basic message boards sign up.)
Professor (Coach) Willy Cahill January 16, 2008 by blindjudo Coach Cahill was born and raised in Hawaii. At an early age of 6 he contracted Polio and was omitted to the Shriner
It was reported today by the Press Association that blind children are unfortunately not getting the support needed to excel in our school systems today. Why? Lack of Braille books and material to according to the the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability. In fact just 17% of blind / visually impaired kids to on to college compared to 55% of those without a disability....[ Read More... ]
Most school age children whether sighted, blind or visually impaired have heard of Helen Keller. But who has ever heard of Laura Bridgman, a young girl who preceded Helen at the Perkins Institute by a half century. But first a little more about this courageous young girl who cries to be known and the principles she employed. Laura Bridgman is her name. She is the first deaf/blind person...[ Read More... ]
Jordan Mouton started going blind at the age of eight. She was active in the sport she loved...soccer. Because of her visual impairment she needed to find a new sport to help her keep a positive and forward looking attitude...wrestling was the subsitute. Before graduating from High School, she became ranked 6th in the State of Texas in wrestling. She was now on the hunt to find another sport...[ Read More... ]
Every seven (7) minutes someone becomes blind in America. There are currently 10 million Americans (some estimates say 13 million) are blind or visually impaired. 94,000 of the 10 million are school age children. Of all the blind and visually impaired individuals 80% are white, 18% black and 2% comprise Hispanics, Asians and others. There are different levels of blindness from "legally...[ Read More... ]
VISION is alive in us all as we dream, set goals and work to accomplish those dreams, ideas and goals. There are potential psychological, physical, emotional, relational, social, economic and societal issues. Parents want their child to be protected and accepted by all. Sometimes we refer to being
When the Olympics were first created in Greece, the then ruling party declared a "truce" to all the countries that would be participating in the Olympic events. The theme was "let them lay down their weapons, if only temporarily, so that humanity can lay claim to gold even before the Games begin". In other words any country having conflicts with others could be assured that going to Greece would...[ Read More... ]
July 2008 marks the 60th Anniversary of the start of what is now called the Paralympic Games. Following World War II, Dr. Ludwig Guttmann at the request of the British Government, founded the National Spine Injuries Center at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in the UK. The year was 1944 and the purpose was to introduce a sport as a form of recreation to help in the remedial treatment and...[ Read More... ]
Unfortunately there will be little to no TV coverage of the Paralympic Games in the US. This is really very unfortunate as these athletes prepared, sacrificed and committed to their sport just like the regular Olympians. Apparently sponsors spent so much money covering the Olympics that the Paralympics once again came up short. This is one reason why most Americans never heard of the...[ Read More... ]
Judo is a sport that can be learned by both sighted, blind and visually impaired, men, women and children of all ages. It is a sport that demands a physical & strategic performance, testing of strength, touch, balance and sensitivity. In the visually impaired world one learns and employs tactile skills that has its advantages while at the same time allows the development of mobility, self...[ Read More... ]
Everyone today, including blind and visually impaired individuals of all ages are concerned about being Green or going Green. This includes hybrid cars which are run on electricity and gas-battery as they traverse across our American streets. We certainly all need relief from the $4.00++ cost of gasoline. However, this hybrid cars pose a very hazardous and potentially deadly problem to blind...[ Read More... ]
Lotus, a British automotive company has added a synthesised engine noise to dangerously quiet hybrid cars. Everyone is for eco-friendly cars to minimize the hydro-carbons being submitted today from many sources including gas and diesel fueled vehicles. The hybrids pose a threat to blind and visually impaired individuals as they traverse the city streets navigating their way to work or play....[ Read More... ]
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