Q: What is the Blind Judo Foundation?
A: The Blind Judo Foundation is an organization that helps blind people practice, and compete in judo. They have been able to send blind judoka to the Paralympics.
Q: What is judo?
A: Judo is a Japanese martial art. It means “the gentle way” and it focuses on techniques that rely on skill rather than strength. This makes it a martial art that everyone can do at their own level.
Q: Why did you choose to support the blind judo foundation?
A: We have done judo for nine years. The instructors are not paid, and us being able to practice judo is a result of many people’s dedication. It is a sport that we love and it feels good to give something back.
Q: How can I donate to, or learn more about the Blind Judo Foundation?
A: You can visit the Foundation’s website at http://www.blindjudofoundation.org/ and you can donate by clicking the donate button on the left side of the page.
Q: How can I follow your progress across the US?
A: You may also track our progress on a map by clicking this link http://bit.ly/IfMiCJ . This will be live once we start the trip. It shows our location and will automatically update every 30 minutes. Update: The link is live since 6/3/12.
Q: Why go from New York to San Francisco?
A: New York to San Francisco is definitely not the shortest way to cross the US. However, it starts and ends at the most iconic landmarks of the two coasts, the Statue of Liberty and the Golden Gate Bridge. We thought that to make it a true coast to coast trip we had to start and end at those famous landmarks.
Q: How long is the trip, and how much time will it take?
A: The entire trip is about 4460 miles / 7178 km. We will be riding around 70 miles / 113 km a day, so it will take a little over two months.
Q: How many people are in the group? Is a car following you?
A: Well, my brother is the only one following me.
Q: How are you training and getting ready for the trip?
A: By the time we start the trip we’ll have been training for three months. We are riding more and more each week, and we are up to 300 miles / 483 km a week. That is less than what we will need to go during the trip, but we also have to focus on school now. We have also gone on two-day trips to test our camping gear and also, ourselves.
Q: Who inspired you to do this?
A: It was a combination of all the senseis at San Jose Buddhist judo club, Willy Cahill, who was our first judo instructor, and our Dad, who has done fundraisers for the Blind Judo Foundation before.
Q: Are you crazy?!
A: Yes! It runs in the family.