The Transformational Effect of Martial Arts
David credits martial arts with completely transforming his outlook on life as he slowly came to terms with being blind.
“I used to walk with my head down and be terrified of everything,” he recalls. “But I hold my head up high now.” And now he is determined to help other blind people enjoy the same confidence that he does.
“I want other blind people to feel they can walk around with their heads up and feel safe [too]… We live in a world where attacks do happen. If I can teach visually- impaired or hearing-impaired people skills to make them less scared and so their disability doesn’t make them feel vulnerable, then my own journey was worth it. It would justify what I have experienced.”
Listening to David speak today, it is hard to reconcile this outgoing and confident character with the picture of a shy and traumatised young teenager coping with disability that he presents. It is clear that David believes this is all thanks to martial arts and you get the sense that he now feels there is nothing he couldn’t do.
David’s story should act as an inspiration to all martial artists, especially those just starting out in their training. Most of us will not have to cope with the challenges that he has, but if there is just one thing we learn from his story, it is that if David Black has been empowered by martial arts, we can be too.