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February 2018

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Non-Visual Skills Training for Blind or Visually Impaired Adults and Children

By | Blog, Martial Arts for the Blind, Vibravision Techniques | One Comment

If you’ve somehow stumbled across this blog post without any introduction to Vibravision, let us first welcome you, and secondly, you should get a quick little explanation of what Vibravision is here on our main page. So far, MP USA has taught non-visual skills training for blind or visually-impaired to several individuals looking for a better connection to their environment. There are classes available to both sighted and blind students, but today, we are going to focus on what we have to offer visually-impaired adults and children.

What Types of Vibravision Classes Are Available?

We currently offer three types of immersion classes for visually-impaired and blind individuals:

Blind 5-Day Immersion (Level 1)

Students are thoroughly immersed in the practice and technique of Vibravision during this eight-hours-per-day, five-day class. In order to learn faster, each visually-impaired participant is paired with a sighted student who slowly increases the level of difficulty. Our next Level 1 immersion event is May 7th through the 11th of this year.

Blind 5-Day Immersion (Level 2)

visually-impaired adults and childrenJust like the Level 1 event, the five-day Level 2 immersion classes are eight hours per day and build upon what was learned in the first level while adding much more. Though it may not be necessary, sight-impaired students may again be paired with someone with a sighted individual to grow, train, and learn together. The next Level 2 immersion event is May 21st through the 25th.

Blind 1-Month Immersion

For blind/low vision people who want to perfect the skills and talents they learned in the five-day class, the 1-Month Immersion Class is the way to go. Classes are eight hours every weekday for a month. This class is also open to vision and medical professionals.

Each of the courses introduces participants to Vibravision and offers breathing techniques, power building exercises, sensing and implementation, and specific meditations. Included in the cost of the courses are food, lodging, and a uniform. At the end of the event, students will be tested on what they learned. They will then receive a certificate of completion as well as a DVD of the event that they can review and share with others.

What Can You Expect to Achieve after a Vibravision Immersion Event?

visually-impaired adults and childrenPlease take a moment to watch this video we recently shot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNeK5jYTgIU&feature=youtu.be

Back in December, Lilly Vu of Phoenix, AZ came to visit us for a three-day Vibravision immersion event for the blind. Recently, she came back up to our studio in Ogden, Utah to further her training. This time, she brought Nicole Coyle with her, who is also from Arizona. The video above gives you a quick glimpse into the level of skill Lilly was able to achieve after just four days of actual training with Mas Mike Zeleznick. These results are not unusual. In fact, they are the norm.

Come See Vibravision in Action for Yourself

visually-impaired adults and childrenEven if Vibravision has been validated/endorsed by television personalities, medical professionals, politicians, and countless spectators and blind people, there are sure to be skeptics among you who need to see it in action in order to believe it. We’re the same way. Consequently, we are hosting a one-night-only demonstration on Friday, March 9th from 6:30 to 8 pm. In our studio, you can see the power of Vibravision firsthand. It will be a fun night for the whole family. Admission is free, and we’ll give away prizes.

If you are interested in learning more about non-visual skills training for blind or visually-impaired individuals, come to the demonstration next Friday or feel free to contact MP USA for more information. See you on March 9th!

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How The Vibravision Foundation is Motivating Blind Students to Reach Their Goals!

By | Blind Martial Arts Ogden Utah, Blog, Vibravision Foundation | No Comments

If you are a frequent reader of the Vibravision Blog, the name Mike Armstrong probably sounds familiar. Since June 2017, Mike has participated in several weekly and weekend Vibravision immersion classes to develop his abilities to navigate his environment without the use of sight. Now, he is applying for an award to fund his Vibravision training to compete in a triathlon without the use of assistive technology or help. Below, we will look at how the Vibravision Foundation is motivating blind students to reach their goals.

Who Is Mike Armstrong?

motivating blind students to reach their goalsResiding in Arizona, Mike has been totally blind for 20 years. He’s traveled up to our studio in Utah many times now to participate in immersion retreats that we provide for the visually impaired thanks to funding from the Vibravision Foundation.

Vibravision – a skill within Merpati Putih that teaches people of all abilities to improve their orientation and mobility without using their eyes – is offered to children and adults who cannot see. The money raised by the non-profit Vibravision Foundation helps pay for this. The Foundation simply wants to help the blind see the world with “new eyes.”

Mike was involved in the very first Vibravision Immersion Retreat. In both Kyokushinkai karate and Aikijujutsu, he is a high-ranking black belt, and he also owns Blind Tiger Martial Arts Academy. It’s almost as if there is nothing Mike can’t do. He has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, appeared on the cover of USA Today, and is a drummer in two bands. He’s truly an inspiration for everyone.

What Is the Holman Prize?

motivating blind students to reach their goalsRecently, Mike applied for the Holman Prize so that he can train full-time to become the first blind person to compete in a triathlon using the non-visual Vibravision skills. Each year, the Holman Prize funds three ambitious blind people from across the world as they work on challenging projects. Each award winner receives $25,000 to fund their project.

The prize is named after James Holman, who lived from 1786 to 1857. He was the first blind person to circumnavigate the globe. And, prior to the invention of modern transportation, he was the most prolific sighted or unsighted traveler in history. Inspired by Holman’s life, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a San Francisco-based organization founded in 1902, launched the Holman Prize last year.

What Can You Do To Help?

motivating blind students to reach their goalsThe first step in the application process for the Holman Prize is submitting a 90-second YouTube pitch. Based on these videos, the award panelists will select the semifinalists at the end of February. The applicant with the most likes or thumbs-up on their YouTube video will automatically earn a spot as a finalist. Therefore, if you are inspired by Mike Armstrong’s story and want to help him achieve his goal of completing a triathlon, please check out his YouTube application for the Holman Prize and help him earn the People’s Choice award by giving it a thumbs up!

If our stories of how the Vibravision Foundation is motivating blind students to reach their goals has you wondering how you can help others learn Vibravision, we recommend checking out our blog on this specific topic. The Foundation is always open to accepting direct general donations. The money might then be split up among several individuals in need of funding depending on how many scholarship applicants there are. You can also start a crowdfunding page through the Foundation’s site. It takes less than five minutes and attracts more donors.

Vibravision is doing great things for blind and visually-impaired individuals in Northern Utah and beyond. And, we are just getting started. If you would like to learn more, please contact us!

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