Ian Stone, a father of six and a deaf man who uses ASL and Brazilian Sign Language, has had a passion for martial arts his entire life.
This year, Stone went to the Deaf World Ji-Jitsu Championships in Long Beach, California. His family, friends, and the deaf community showed up to support him. He ended up winning two silver medals! He got invited to attend the 2018 World Deaf Martial Arts Championship (WDMAC) in Tokyo, Japan, where deaf fighters from all over the world will compete. Stone is hoping to win a gold medal by next year. He will need to find sponsorships so he can afford to fly out to Tokyo. A representative from Germany reached out to Stone and they want him to teach Deaf Germans! Stone was bullied as a child, so he wants to encourage his children to participate in Ji-Jitsu to overcome bullying and be able to defend themselves.
One of Stone’s goals is to open a Ji-Jitsu school for the deaf and blind. Congratulations, Ian, and best of luck!!