Jiujitsu for the Blind
Posted: Nov 13 2016
Hamir Achacoso, known to his friends and students as the "Gentle Warrior" is the head Jiu Jitsu instructor at the New Life BJJ School in Davao, Philippines. He is not only a brown belt under Professor Kahana Cordeiro, but black belt in Judo. Hamir is an amazing Christian who has realy dedicated his life to helping others.
His love for music and storytelling skills has helped him to connect with people in a different deeper way. It has helped him to not only grow his school, but to build a safe place for kids to come, a place where he can truly mentor them in life. In fact, through his Jiu Jitsu journey he began teaching blind students Jiu Jitsu. Jiu Jitsu is the perfect art for the blind as you are in close contact with your opponent grappling. Literally the "touch" is a big part of the game. He has had to adapt his teaching style to show more through example, but once the students experience each technique, they are able to master it quickly. He has learned as much as he has taught.
It's an amazing program and Deus Fight is proud to play a part in it. We worked with Hamir on a new Blind BJJ Gi called the Blind Samurai or Bartimaeus. The story of Bartimaeus is below. He was a blind man given his sight by Jesus in the New Testament.
Blind Bartimaeus Receives His Sight
46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road