Words can not explain how I felt tonight after watching my purple belt student teach the class in my absence.
“Why would this leave you speechless I hear you ask” , “well this purple belt is blind”! ……….
Having taught & practiced jiu-Jitsu alongside this incredible individual for the past 4 years I often forget he is visually impaired, visiting jiu-Jitsu practitioners are not forewarned that he has a visual impairment yet this talented young man arrives in the academy day and night practicing and refining his skills sparring and training alongside sometimes the most elite professional MMA & UFC fighters.
Tonight I witnessed him reveal another chapter in his journey and this has been one of my proudest moments of not only being a teacher but as a human being.
Tonight I was truly humbled…….
Thank you jiu-Jitsu and the Gracie Family for teaching me to to speak the global language of our art, to be able to share with everyone & anyone especially those who are less fortunate & considered to be disabled. Osssssssss