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BRAUSA Health and Fitness for the Sighted, Blind and Visually Impaired
June 13, 2011

BRAUSA's Kapoeira classes are fantastic! Master Raiul has amazing patience to teach the visually impaired. I myself am visually impaired, and I know it is not easy to teach something like Kapoeira to those with disabilities. I love Kapoeira because it is a big challenge, and it is stimulating. I was discouraged from doing exercises or sports because of my disability. My doctor recommended that I only walk for exercise, but I am too young to only walk, and it's too boring for me! I wanted something else to do that was more challenging and more interesting. So I was excited when I heard about Kapoeira classes specifically for the visually impaired. For us, we don't have many exercises available to us, nor do we have knowledgeable teachers educating us about health and nutrition. I think BRAUSA is special because they also encourage youth to exercise and learn about fitness, which is especially critical for sedentary-prone blind or visually impaired kids.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

taking the Kapoeira classes. I wasn't sure if I would be able to do Kapoeira because I needed to make sure the pressure in my eyes was okay. After starting classes with Master Raiul, I learned a lot about exercising and eating health, and I have lost 48 pounds! I feel much lighter and stronger. And my eye pressure has been maintained! I am extremely happy to be able to do Kapoeira. I personally feel I have no excuse to be overweight. Even though I am visually impaired, I can still exercise!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase awareness about what Kapoeira is and that there are classes for people like me! I'd like more Kapoeira classes, and I'd like to learn more about the history of what Kapoeira is, where it came from, what it was used for, etc.

More feedback

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

Kapoeira classes were being offered at the Braille Institute in Los Angeles.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

Leading a healthy lifestyle through exercise and diet.

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I go to Kapoeira classes.