IamA totally blind and partially deaf martial artist, self-defence instructor, crisis counsellor and videographer ;-) AMA!
Hi Reddit! My name is Johnny Tai. I lost my vision and hearing in one ear to Stevens–Johnson syndrome when I was three years old. I have been training in various martial arts since I was 8, including: taekwondo, judo, BJJ, MMA, Krav maga, Muay Thai, Karate, Mantis Kung fu, Southern Snake style Kung Fu, Counterattack, Fencing, and basic military hand to hand combat. I have faced bullies, abductors and abusive parents, now I want to teach other blind and partially sighted people self-defence to help protect and empower them.
This is my self-defence series I am trying to get off the ground: http://www.storyhive.com/project/show/id/229
I just finished the first half of my Krav Maga Level 2 exam yesterday, so (400-squats-burpees-situps-leg-lifts-push-ups-and-more-later) I am exhausted but ready to answer your questions! Feel free to ask my anything at all!
This is my proof: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgOdRnrfLKc&feature=youtu.be
Edit 1: Thanks all for your questions so far. It's about 5 pm my time now and I have to step away from a bit. Loving all the questions, so please feel free to ask away and I'll be back to answer in about an hour.
If you think the idea of blind self-defence is at all interesting, please show your support for my project by voting at the above storyhive link. Who knows, in a couple months I might be able to post the first episode!
Edit 2: I'm back. I've got another hour, so feel free to ask me anything more!
Edit 3: Thank you everyone for your questions! It's been a great experience and I hope to be back again when I get my series off the ground. I'm packing it in for the evening but feel free to add any questions you might have and I will check in periodically. If you want to see more from my life check out my youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/johnnytigermovies