The Blind Judo Foundation helps blind and visually-impaired athletes achieve maximum independence through the pursuit of Judo.
- promote the physical, psychological, emotional and productive benefits of Judo to the blind and visually-impaired community
- identify Head Instructors and their Dojos interested in working with blind and visually-impaired students
- offer professional development activities and educational resources to coaches on how to work with visually-impaired students
- educate legislators and policymakers about scientific knowledge, developments and opportunities for the blind and visually-impaired
Coach Willy Cahill is a 10th Degree Black Belt in Jujitsu and an 8th Degree in Judo coming from a highly respected lineage Judo instructors. His father, John Cahill, studied the Kodenkan System of Jujitsu in Hawaii under Professor Okazaki, before founding Cahill’s Judo Academy in Daly City, CA. When his father passed away in 1963, Willy Cahill built his own Dojo in San Bruno to honor his father’s memory and realize his father’s dream of training Olympic-quality Judo athletes. As a private coach and as coach for both the US Olympic Judo Team (starting in 1988) and US Paralympic Judo Team (starting in 1999), Coach Cahill has produced over 1,200 National and International Medal winners. Under his leadership, blind and visually-impaired athletes have dominated the Paralympic Games starting with the 2000 games in Sydney. They have won a total of 10 medals, including two Gold. Interestingly, no sighted US athlete has ever won an Olympic gold medal in Judo. Coach Willy is in the Black Belt Hall of Fame and the Black Belt Coaches Hall of Fame and has been named Jujitsu American Hall of Fame Instructor of the Year.
Ron Peck has worked around the globe for Fortune 500 companies as a sales and marketing executive in Healthcare, Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology. Since returning to the US, Ron has devoted his personal and professional life to the formation & management of health and wellness non-profits. He met Willy in a gym in Foster City, CA, and the Foundation grew out of the friendship they formed there. As Co-Founder and CFO Ron manages all “off the mat” efforts to promote and grow the Blind Judo Foundation and its amazing athletes. Ron is a graduate of Columbia Pacific University with a Bachelors Degree in Management and an MBA in Marketing.
Alex M. Dunne has volunteered steadily at the Foundation since 2005 supporting all things IT, social media, and operations related. He works closely with the Board President to support seasonal and event-driven funding campaigns with technology solutions, and ensures the smooth & secure running of Foundation infrastructure.