Professor Nicholls began his training in the Kodenkan Danzan Ryu system of Ju-Jitsu in 1980 under Professor Kufferath. He is an established instructor in London and holds a professional trainer certification with the CIEH. After being invited to teach a self-defense workshop at British Guide Dogs, Stephen came to the realization that their needed to be a comprehensive curriculum for the blind, a platform for distribution and continued development. Mr. Nicholls has since risen to this challenge and continues to teach, promote and certify instructors throughout his extensive travels.
Umit is a remarkable individual and an inspiration to us all. Mr. Turkesev was present at the first workshop Professor Nicholls provided to the blind and was from then on at the ground floor of the development and refinement to follow. He became the first Certified Coach and has gone on to present locally, as well as abroad at various prestigious conferences and organizations
Richard Warner is a martial artist and massage therapist from Oakland, CA. He met Professor Nicholls during a massage seminar and heard of his work with teaching self-defense to the blind. Mr. Warner then set out to learn more and began offering classes at the Lighthouse in San Francisco after completing the certification process. He continues to assist with and hold workshops at conferences around the country and has assumed the title of West Coast Director.
Mark is an Information Security Consultant and Traditional Jujitsu practitioner from Houston, TX. He met Professor Nicholls in July of 2010 and became certified in August of that year. Since then Mr. Melonson has had the privilege of presenting to various organizations throughout the United States and continues to do so with the hopes of spreading the benefits that this system brings both to its instructors and practitioners alike. Mark also serves as U.S. Southern Regional Director.
Jim Pilkington is a native of Colorado, and is an Assistive Technology instructor in Denver. His martial arts background includes training in Krav Maga and Kenjitsu. He has also studied gymnastics with a blind instructor for several years. After meeting Professor Nicholls in 2010, he completed his 1Touch™ instructor certification in August of 2011. Jim has been teaching 1Touch™ at the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (CODVR) training center in Denver since early 2012. He has also taught at CODVR regional offices in Colorado Springs and Fort Collins.
As Jim says, "I've been interested in martial arts for many years, but since losing my eyesight I was skeptical about practical self-defense. But the 1Touch™ program convinced me. This program addresses physical, mental, and psychological aspects of self-defense from the very first lesson. As an instructor I have witnessed the benefits to my students well beyond physical safety."
I have worked in the field of blindness and visual impairment for 33 years as a Teacher of Children with Visual Impairments (TVI) and Orientation and Mobility Specialist. I became involved in the 1Touch™ Program because I felt I needed to do more to help my students become independent and safe travelers. Even short-term training of 1 Touch techniques results in increased confidence, heightened safety awareness, and a sense of empowerment. I am available to instruct people of all ages however, my focus is on teaching children ages 14+.
Tim has been a 1Touch™ Coach since July, 2012. Tim is a dually licensed Teacher of the Visually Impaired / Orientation and Mobility Specialist (COMS) and has worked with school aged visually impaired children in Massachusetts for 33 years. Tim is currently working in Special Education Administration as a Student Services Coordinator for Attleboro Public Schools. Together with his wife Katrena, plans are underway to offer a 1Touch™ Course to middle and high school aged visually impaired students in the spring, 2014.
Ms. Brown is from Iowa and is the 1Touch™ Executive Administrative Assistant. She has a Bachelors degree in Management, an Accounting Certificate and a Human Resource Management Certificate. Her background consists of volunteering for non-profit organizations, specifically organizations for the blind. She became a 1Touch™ Coach in Nov 2013 after being introduced to the 1Touch Project in 2012 at the NFB National Convention in Texas.
Maureen comes from the sunny shores of Los Angeles, and has recently moved to not-so-sunny Seattle. After being unfulfilled by her career in film & TV production, she left LA looking for a more meaningful vocation by moving to Maui to be a wedding & event coordinator. Following the financial crisis, she moved back to California and took on a new career getting her degree as an Orientation & Mobility Specialist. She now teaches O&M and Blind Rehabilitation to blind and visually-impaired adults and is loving it! Maureen met Stephen Nicholls while he was at a conference in Seattle and she just knew her agency had to be trained in 1Touch™. It sounded like the perfect solution to constantly hearing from clients how vulnerable they feel. She was so excited to get the training and can’t wait to teach her clients. She currently works at the Department of Services for the Blind in Washington.
Gene became interested in self-defense, after nearly being mugged while walking home from grocery shopping. When the One Touch Coach training was offered at The Lighthouse in Seattle, he saw a need to fill within the blind community in his area, and jumped at the chance. Gene is a Senior Machine Operator at the Inland Northwest Lighthouse in Spokane, and is married with three children and six grandchildren. He is looking forward to helping people prevent traumatic experiences while traveling in the community, and increasing their self-confidence.
Brando Collins is a self-defense instructor and Martial Arts teacher from Chicago IL, currently teaching in North Carolina. He met Professor Nicholls in December of 2013 and was certified in May of 2014. Brando's background includes Freestyle Ninja Fighting, Judo, Ninjutsu, Jujutsu, Manabimasho, Gendai Goshen Jitsu, and Hapkido. He is an extremely driven person who wants to put the capabilities of 1Touch™ in as many hands as possible.
"In this exciting, thrilling yet changing and dangerous world we live in, a system like 1Touch™ is needed to ensure that blind people and other venerable members of society have a means of protecting themselves against anyone that will do them physical harm. It's a RIGHT, and I am more than happy to assist the Professor and the rest of this organization in equipping people with the capability of defending themselves and their families."
Amy Wakefield – United Kingdom
Amy works for a local authority’s Sensory Team in London and found that confidence and vulnerability was a huge barrier when undertaking mobility practise with people. On stumbling across the 1Touch website she contacted Prof Stephen Nicholls for more information and is now a certified 1Touch coach. Amy has been teaching the visually impaired people she works for some 1Touch techniques ever since and has had reports of huge improvements in individuals’ confidence. The 1Touch programme is empowering and means greater freedom is possible.
I currently work as a DSA (disabled student assessments) administrator for Action for blind people part of the RNIB group. I am also the administrator for 1Touch UK. I have a background in JKA Karate and have been presenting and teaching 1Touch classes at the RNIB for the last 2 years. I became a certified 1Touch Coach in November 2013. I believe in 1Touch and what it can present to anyone with sight loss.
I have been a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist for 15 years. I live in the Dallas Ft. Worth area. I am passionate about getting the word out about this program and it's benefits.
Nick currently volunteers as an admin assistant for Action for Blind People's Co-Production team. He was introduced to the 1 Touch Self-defence Project during a “Living with Sight Loss”course hosted by Action for blind people.
Nick first attended a 1Touch X-pand 6 week series beginners class hosted at the RNIB (by Laelani Hattingh & Umit Turkesev ) and went on to become a certified 1Touch coach in 2014.
Mrs. Ebel is a certified 1Touch coach for the 1Touch Project and currently works at a center for independent living in Bergen County, New Jersey. Mrs. Ebel is an independent living assistant/event coordinator/ADA trainer with the ADA National Network. In addition, she is an adjustment to vision loss coordinator in New Jersey and an assistive technology consultant. Mrs. Ebel is also a presenter for The Seeing Eye in Morristown, New Jersey, and this past March, she received the Miss Blind Diva of New Jersey Award for 2015!
A true 'School of Ancient Tradition' seeking to proliferate the jiu-jitsu of Henry Seishiro Okazaki, Ray Law, and Bill Beach under the instruction of Professor Steve Barber (HJS Kudan, USSC Judan / Nidai-Soke)
Mike is an electrical engineer and practitioner of International Kenpo Karate Jujitsu in Fort Collins, CO. He has RP which was diagnosed in his early 20’s. Mike has continued to work as a senior electrical engineer and started training in Kenpo in 2011. Mike met Professor Nicholls through his Kenpo Sensei, and took the 1touch coaching certification class in April 2016. Mike is interested in sharing the benefits of the 1touch system with others in Northern Colorado.