Students learn how to protect themselves from all kinds
of would-be attackers, whether unarmed, or carrying weapons. Ron teaches
with hands on demostrations and step by step instructions. While it is
commendable that he has built such a respectable school and a loyal following
students, it is remarkable that Ron has done so without the use
of his legs. One of Mr. Scanlon's students: "When I first saw
Ron, I didn't even see the wheelchair. I just thought , 'he was sitting
in a chair.' -- Until I saw him MOVE....then I was intimidated..."
When Ron was nine, he was in an auto accident that injured his spinal cord and confined him to a wheelchair. However, he did not let this stop him from achieving his dreams.
"We all suffer from traumas, maybe its a disability, maybe its a divorce maybe its losing a family member but at some point when you get through the grief you have to wake up and say 'time to get on with my life!'"
Through courage and hardwork, Ron has succeeded in overcoming his obsticles. Moving beyond what life threw at him, which many would call disabling, Ron has not only become a master of movement, but also teaches others this amazing art -- Ron is a truly inspiring person.
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