The Hard Way w/ Joe De Sena

“I don’t think it’s a real, like, settling thought to most people that, you know, you’re going to go to the hospital and leave with less than what you came with,” says John Kuchinski, an astounding blind athlete who has persevered through obstacles many people would consider unthinkable.


Spartan Up Combat Series host, Ryan Warner, speaks with John Kuchinski about how he has pushed through the situations that have redefined his life. In this episode you’ll learn about...

  • John waking up blind after surgery and having to adjust to everyday life to be independent


  • Starting wrestling in 8th grade after going blind and later getting into judo, where he trained under Jeff Friedlis Sensei at Michigan State University


  • How John lost his legs and still continued to go to the dojo. Training for something other than just getting healthy



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