The Tampa Tribune from Tampa, Florida on October 5, 1980 · 14
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6- B THE TAMPA TRIBUNE-TIMES. Sunday, October 5, 1980 Self-Defense Helps Disabled Vet Gain Self-Confidence STA By PAT LEISNER Associated Press NEW PORT RICHEY Karate means a lot to Bill Cady more than the discipline of the sport, the thrill of competition or the mastery of self-defense. Tin treated as an equal," he explains. Cady is a paraplegic. The 31-year-old Marine Corps veteran has been totally disabled for 11 years, since that horrifying day in Vietnam when he was blown apart by three enemy hand grenades. He is a double amputee, blind and deaf on his right side. His left hand has only partial feeling and his face is scarred from shrapnel. "I first went into karate for exercise," says Cady, a para-lawyer for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). "But it really built up confidence. It was better than the therapy I got in the hospital. I feel better physically and mentally." He's only been a student a few months, but he works out daily at home in his garage and a couple times a week at the karate school. In his first competition in a field of 40, he placed fifth in kata, or form. "I felt strange," Cady recalls. "I was the only one in a wheelchair. I told the judges I wanted to register to show them what a man in a wheelchair could do." ' Cady received a minute-long standing ovation. "It really felt good, like I had accomplished something." That competition was a couple weeks ago in Orlando, but it gave Cady the boost he needed. He's entering more of them. At work on the mat, he sits in his wheelchair, his eyes fixed, his thoughts deep, his concentration steady. All of a sudden, he spins the chair, locks the brake with a swift movement, lashes out to block a punch or foil a kick, break an assailant's grip or slice an inch-thick board with his hand. "It has built up self-confidence," he says. "Now I know if something happens I can protect myself and my family. Before I was scared. It was a big question that isn't there now." He has a supportive wife, Judy, whom he met at a DAV conference in Miami in 1976. Her father is a disabled veteran and introduced them. "That was Bill's Waterloo," chuckles Mrs.Cady. "He thought he would never marry. But I told him 'gotcha.' I could never picture myself married to a disabled person. And I'm not." They have a 2-year-old daughter, Tara. K t ' i -;krJl 3s ft (I'll -l'- Bill Cady, disabled in Vietnam and now confined to a wheelchair, breaks a board as part of his karate training. AP Cady's instructor is Tom Pisut, a sergeant with the Pasco County Sheriffs Office who has his own school, a fifth-degree black belt, 22 years in the sport, a host of awards and a lot of patience. Pisut has other handicapped students. There's John Tasin, 27, paralyzed from his waist down nine years ago when he broke his back in a fall in Lehigh, Pa.. And Kathy Moyer, 38, who was a mechanic on the Long Island Railroad in New York when she went blind six years ago from deterioration of the optic nerve. "I had to learn balance and relationship to whatever environment I might be in," Moyer says. "It's given me a great deal of confidence, mobility and security." Pisut moved here from Highland, Ind. five years ago and opened his school in March with his wife, LaVere, who is also a karate instructor. "Let's face it." he says. "Who needs it more than them? Disabled doesn't mean defenseless." "If a person is willing to try, I'll work with him. I don't care if it takes 10 years," he says. "People defeat themselves. They can lose a battle or a competition and not be defeated." Accused Prosecutor Denies Murder Plot OCALA (AP) Ray Taylor, on trial charged with first-degree murder, denied Saturday that he ever discussed killing wealthy north Florida businessman Eugene Bailey. 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