Tabitha wanted to train in the martial arts, but didn’t know if she could because she was deaf. She started training at our 4S Ranch martial arts location back in 2011. The instructors put whiteboards up inside the school and helped her by writing down notes and using visuals as much as possible. Eventually she began helping out with the kids’ classes and is now an instructor helping out on the mat.
Here are some things in her own words about how the art has impacted her:
“I am now a 3rd Black belt, and I am Deaf. West Coast Martial Arts Academy has had a huge impact on my life. Being deaf didn’t stop me from training. I’d say it’s even saved my life. How? Two reasons: I was once in a bad bike accident, I was not able to react when a car was coming at me. I ended up getting hurt pretty badly and broke a few bones. With training, I’ve actually become much more aware of my surroundings. I can react faster and there have been some close calls, but like dodging punches, I’ve been able to avoid them every time. Secondly, I hate exercise. Especially things like running, but I know it’s important for my health. So how did I make exercise fun? With Martial arts! I love West Coast Martial Arts in 4S Ranch. Martial Arts requires a lot of physical activity, which is perfect for me. So If I want to do Martial arts, I got to do the exercise! It also takes a lot of focus, you need to be serious and put in the hard work. That’s why martial arts saves me daily. Also Bonus: learning martial arts would greatly benefit you: Self-Defense, Health, discipline, and mental strength!”
-Tabitha Viselli, Rancho Bernardo Martial Artist and Instructor