Sensei Larry Corrales
Why did Sensei Corrales Develop Blind Fury Cane-Do martial art style?
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Recently Inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame and recipient of the Pioneer Award in Martial Arts
Seeing The Path and Not The Obstacle
Sensei Corrales is technically blind but a true visionary with a purposeful mission. Being legally blind himself, Sensei Corrales decided to be proactive in applying his knowledge of Martial Arts to help those with low to no vision in self defense, giving more freedom for those with any form of blindness that want to be able to protect themselves and live a more open life without fear of physical attacks. Many times Instructor Corrales has said maybe we should change the name to Blind Fury CAN DO because he says "if you can focus your mind and your heart, you CAN DO anything!". Chief Instructor Corrales holds belts in various traditional martial arts and was also an instructor when he was serving our country in the United States Air Force for more than 6 years and is a highly decorated veteran. Instructor Corrales is a survivor and while serving in the U.S. Air Force, Larry broke his neck in 1986 and was paralyzed for a period of time. Through inner drive and the never give up attitude, faith in God, prayer, meditation training, and martial science acupuncture and acupressure (Larry was trained in traditional martial arts), Larry over came that obstacle and proved the doctors wrong and healed. Through the years Larry continued to inspire people with his story of survival and how they too, can over come life’s challenges. In 2006, once again the challenge presented itself and Larry was diagnosed with a brain tumor in November 2006. In January 2007 Larry had brain surgery to extract this dangerous brain tumor and in the process Larry lost his eye sight completely and was told he would be blind for the rest of his life. Due to complications in surgery Larry suffered an optic nerve stroke. As his wife remembers Larry was very calm right out of surgery and was aware of the problem and calmly asked the 40 or so friends and family in the waiting room to pray and then he asked the Brain Surgeon and staff to do whatever it takes to get his eye sight back. Although the doctors fealt no eye sight would recover, Larry regained a bit of his vision in small specs in a week and today has partial vision and still in the recovery of more vision through positive thinking, meditation, strong Faith in God and the support of his wonderful wife.
Blind Fury Cane-Do martial arts was formed because of challenges that he and other vision impaired people have had to endure when living in todays society. Developed to help and inspire those that need an inner vision of self, to live a free’re life knowing they can protect themselves and to no longer be a target. Chief Instructor Corrales has stated that, “he sees more now with his heart, than he has ever seen when he had full sight”. Mr. Corrales wishes to keep the smile in life going and to just keep on keeping on. He says, “If life gives you lemons, then let's make lemonade” A true master in his own right.