Visually impaired learn martial arts at LI school

Martial arts are about self defense and self discipline, but a group of visually impaired Long Islanders are learning much more than kicking and punching."It

WEST ISLIP - Martial arts are about self defense and self discipline, but a group of visually impaired Long Islanders are learning much more than kicking and punching.

"It helps you step out of your comfort zone," says sensei Devin Fernandez.

Fernandez, who is legally blind, teaches martial arts at Third Eye Insight, a non-for-profit fitness program for the blind.

"It's geared to helping those people who are visually impaired to do some of the things sighted people can do," Fernandez says.

Fernandez's students say learning martial arts helps them feel stronger and less isolated from society.

"Sometimes, we need people to facilitate that change, and that's what Devin is doing for people," says Fernandez's friend Glen Poveromo.

People who are visually impaired can take classes at Third Eye Insight for free.

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