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Jedi Powers

Develop your Jedi Powers by Opening your Third Eye

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Star Wars is the most popular movie franchise of all time. So, it’s only natural as we watch the films, whether it’s the time-tested original trilogy or the newer, more visually-mesmerizing flicks, that we wish we had Jedi powers, or “the Force.” What if we told you there was a way to tap into the Force-like ability to be able to sense your natural environment without the use of vision? Through Vibravision, you can come close to experiencing the skills of your favorite Jedi Master.

SaberQuest Was a Success!

If you read the MP USA blog regularly, you know that our Vibravision crew was preparing for a trip to Virginia Beach, Virginia to participate in SaberQuest. The event was this past weekend, and it was a total success!

SaberQuest is basically an event where participants can learn about how to use lightsabers to boost the mental, physical, and emotional abilities of people therapeutically. There were a whole host of workshops, demonstrations, competitions, and more. It was a blast!

Though the event was not specifically geared toward blind students, our Vibravision team showed the abilities – lightsaber and otherwise – that can be gained by both blind and sighted individuals. We participated in multiple demonstrations of ways to use Vibravision throughout the weekend. Our teams also had fun battling blindfolded with lightsabers against sighted opponents. Plus, we put on obstacle course and reading demos. We can tell you all about it, but you might get more from watching one of our demonstrations:

What Is Vibravision Anyway?

If you’re new to our blog, you may wonder how someone can use Vibravision in Ogden, UT to harness the powers of the Force. Essentially, MP USA teaches methods to “hack” the brain to create internal visual images from non-visual senses. Without the use of your eyes, you can see with Vibravision’s “Mindsight.” This is part of Merpati Putih (MP) and was developed centuries ago by the Indonesian Royal Family. Today, it is used by blind people, MP members, search and rescue personnel, and Indonesia’s elite commando paratroopers.

MP USA is the only school in the Western Hemisphere to teach Merpati Putih or Vibravision. In our time, we have had our fair share of doubters. Consequently, we are constantly having to demonstrate that Vibravision really works. You can see for yourself in the above video. However, we have also been evaluated and endorsed by several professionals, including opticians, medical doctors, optometrists, news reporters, and countless visually-impaired people.

Some of the skills Vibravision helps develop include shooting targets with accuracy, reading text, and detecting the color, direction of travel, shape, and distance of objects.

How You Can Develop Jedi-Like Powers

We begin our Vibravision courses for sighted people quarterly in January, April, July, and October. The monthly cost varies, but beginner classes are generally less than $100 per month. Classes are open to participants aged 10 and older, and they take place once a week. Before you can start Vibravision training, though, you must have trained in the Merpati Putih Meditation and Energy method for six months at least. This will ensure you are prepared for Vibravision classes.

If you are interested in learning what Vibravision is all about before committing, we recommend attending Energy Intro Classes. These are held on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm in March, June, September, and December. If you are reading this post the day it comes out (March 28th), you can head on down to MP USA to experience Vibravision in Ogden, UT tonight. Otherwise, our next intro classes will be in June.

If you are interested in learning more about developing Jedi power, contact MP USA today!

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

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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!

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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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Vibravision videos in Ogden Utah

Check Out Our Vibravision Videos in Ogden Utah!

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What if you could see without your eyes? What if you could navigate dark rooms without the use of light? Imagine blind individuals being able to confidently navigate their surroundings without the use of a cane or trained dog. All of these scenarios are possible with Vibravision. Don’t believe us? See for yourself with these Vibravision videos in Ogden Utah.

Welcome to the World of Vibravision

Vibravision videos in Ogden UtahIn the 1960s, the Indonesian royal family gave the secret martial art of Merpati Putih to the Indonesian people. Vibravision comes from Merpati Putih. For decades, the blind people of Indonesia have used Vibravision to improve their mobility and orientation. Additionally, Kopassus, which is the elite military special forces in Indonesia, uses Vibravision instead of night vision equipment. Vibravision can potentially revolutionize human consciousness and open up a whole new world to blind individuals.

This video introduces you to how Vibravision helps you train your mind to do the “impossible”: seeing without your eyes. Instead of using your eyesight, you use mindsight. There are also several medical professionals, including optometrists and medical doctors, who validate the efficacy of the program. And, you can hear firsthand from blind people who have been helped by Vibravision. It’s particularly neat to see someone read a book without using their eyes.

It’s clear from the video that Vibravision allows you to see the world in a whole new way that goes beyond the five senses:

The Vibravision Foundation’s Immersion Retreat

In June, we had the opportunity to host Mike Armstrong. Mike is a blind person who lives in Arizona. He traveled up to Utah just to take part in the immersion retreat that we offer to visually-impaired individuals through the Vibravision Foundation. This Foundation is a non-profit organization that raises money to make Vibravision accessible to adults and children who cannot see. The goal is to assist these folks by helping them see the world with “new eyes.”

Mike came for one weekend for the inaugural Vibravision Immersion Retreat. He is the successful owner of Blind Tiger Martial Arts Academy and a high-ranking black belt in both Aikijujitsu and Kyokushinkai karate. Mike is really an amazing guy, who is a drummer in two bands, has been featured on the cover of USA Today, and has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. His experience is truly inspiring. Please watch this video to learn more:

Vibravision Foundation Orientation Mobility Training

Our last video shows Mike early on in the training. This gives you a little idea of how the immersion event starts out. After some Vibravision training, Mike warms up by leading Tiffany Leblond through an obstacle course. It’s a short video so if you have half a minute, you should definitely check it out:

MP USA Offers Vibravision for Sighted, Blind, and Visually-Impaired Individuals

MP USA offers weekend, one-week, and one-month immersion retreats for the blind and seeing-impaired. These courses are all-inclusive. Participants learn sensing and implementation, breathing techniques, special meditations, power building exercises, and get an introduction to Vibravision. They are tested on what they learn, and at the end of the course, they get a certificate of completion. We provide all meals, transportation, and a bed in a double-occupancy hotel room.

Sighted individuals can also take part in weekly training. Semesters start each quarter. Before participating in the Vibravision program, students who can see must first engage in at least six months of training in our Wealth of Health or Athletic Adventure Program.

If after watching our Vibravision videos in Ogden, Utah you are interested in learning more or would like to sponsor a blind person’s participation in the program, contact MP USA today.

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Blind Students are Developing Non-Visual Skills with Vibravision in Ogden Utah

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What if there was a way to help the blind easily find their way around their environment using only their senses? Shouldn’t this service be available to as many visually impaired individuals as possible? Fortunately, there is a program that allows people to observe their surroundings without the use of sight. And, with MP USA’s help, blind students are developing non-visual skills with Vibravision in Ogden Utah. Let’s take a closer look at this program.

What Is Vibravision?

For centuries, Merpati Putih was only available to members of the Indonesian Royal Family, their guards, and the army. Then, in the 1960s, it was given to the people so that they might protect themselves. Vibravision is just one of the Merpati Putih disciplines. Five MP members in East Jakarta began training in Vibravision in 1989. Mas Budi, one of the royal heirs to the MP knowledge performed the training and soon moved on to help blind individuals learn the skill.

Today, even Kopassus, the Indonesian Army’s Special Forces, learn Vibravision as part of their training to help with “seeing” at night. And, for decades, now, Vibravision has been used to help blind people find their way. This orientation and mobility method has revolutionized how visually impaired individuals interact with the natural world.

How MP USA Is Using Vibravision to Help the Blind

Vibravision first came to America in 1999 thanks to MP USA founders Nate and Mike Zeleznick. The trip was widely covered by the media. After the demonstration, the Zeleznick brothers went to work training in the art, and after years of practice, they were granted permission to teach Vibravision. Their studio, MP USA, is the only place in the Western Hemisphere where you can learn the discipline.

At MP USA, we help the blind and those who are losing their sight by awakening and enhancing perception through the use of Vibravision. We believe this practice has the ability to open up a new era of understanding of what the mind is capable of. This precise application of MP only available in Ogden, Utah has received validation from representatives at the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind, a state senator, blind people, optometrists, and a medical doctor.

When preparing this blog post, we talked to two blind students who had completed the immersion course. Both reported that Vibravision changed their lives and that it is much different from traditional non-visual skills. They are growing their spatial awareness and mobility as they practice on a regular basis. For instance, as they apply their mind’s eye to scan their space, they are finding it easier to find what they need, reach for car handles, move around, and locate door knobs.

How to Get Involved

There are three Vibravision courses available to blind individuals:

Weekend Introduction – If you are curious about seeing what Vibravision has to offer without committing to an immersion course, there is a 16-hour-long weekend course.

1-Week Immersion – Sight-impaired individuals receive food, lodging, a DVD of the event, a uniform, and certificate of completion in this course that takes place over five and a half days.

1-Month Immersion – This program perfects skills learned in the 1-Week Immersion and takes place every weekday for eight hours.

If you can see just fine but want to help visually-impaired people gain access to the benefits of Vibravision, we recommend donating, sponsoring, or starting a crowdfunding page for applicants through the Vibravision Foundation. This organization was founded to help blind individuals afford the Vibravision courses.

Blind students are developing non-visual skills with Vibravision in Ogden Utah. To learn more, contact MP USA today.

Blind Students are Developing Non-Visual Skills with Vibravision in Ogden Utah