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This profile was last updated on 5/29/13  and contains information from public web pages.

Night Manager

Local Address: Virginia, United States
Waynesboro YMCA
 
Background

Employment History

  • Martial Arts and Weight Trainer
    Waynesboro YMCA
  • Martial Arts Teacher
    Waynesboro YMCA
Web References
Tony Cooper (540) ...
www.waynesboroymca.com, 29 May 2013 [cached]
Tony Cooper (540) 943-9622
Night Manager
Waynesboro YMCA - Staff and Board Members
www.waynesboroymca.com, 6 Oct 2009 [cached]
Tony Cooper Martial Arts and Weight Trainer:
Tony Cooper, right, teaches a ...
www.newsvirginian.com, 1 June 2008 [cached]
Tony Cooper, right, teaches a children's martial arts class at the Waynesboro YMCA.Cooper, who also coaches powerlifting for the local Special Olympics team, is currently recovering from a debilitating bicycle accident.
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Fighting back against adversity isn't new for Tony Cooper.During a trip to the International Martial Arts Tournament in Osaka, Japan, he was nearly sidelined due to illness. "I got some type of food poisoning," Cooper recalled."I was supposed to take it easy that day, but I went to the tournament anyway.I was seeing double and triple the whole time, my temperature was real high." Cooper placed third in the tournament, despite his illness - not to mention the fact that the lifelong Waynesboro resident is legally blind.A form of macular degeneration, which manifested itself when Cooper was in eighth grade, robbed him of his central vision. Despite what might be perceived as a debilitating challenge, Cooper has excelled throughout his lifetime in endeavors that challenge even those with perfect vision, rising to the levels of master instructor and 6th Dan in his martial arts practice, becoming a certified defensive tactics instructor for Virginia law enforcement, and earning a variety of championships and awards across the state for powerlifting. Not content with his own accomplishments, Cooper has made a career of teaching others the practices at which he has excelled.Cooper has taught martial arts at the Waynesboro YMCA for more than 30 years, and helped found the Special Olympics Region IV powerlifting division, which he has coached for the past 20 years.
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Cooper and his powerlifting team will attend the Special Olympics Summer Games in Richmond this weekend.
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Cooper currently is using the tenacity and patience he learned as a martial artist to recover from a new challenge. In early January, Cooper was struck by a car while pulling into a parking lot on his bicycle.The motorist, who claimed he did not see Cooper when the accident occurred, struck the back wheel of Cooper's bicycle, spinning him around and into the side panel of the vehicle.The martial arts instructor sustained several debilitating injuries, including several fractures in one hand, a broken tibia and tears in the ligaments in one knee.He spent the night of the accident in Augusta Medical Center before being transported to U.Va.Medical Center for surgery. Cooper is still in physical therapy for his injuries. "It's improving with each day," Cooper said."I'm getting back in the swing of things.
Staff | Waynesboro YMCA
www.waynesboroymca.com, 12 June 2011 [cached]
Tony Cooper
Night Manager
Tony Cooper's capacity to ...
www.newsvirginian.com, 12 June 2008 [cached]
Tony Cooper's capacity to inspire has reached all the way to martial artist and action star Chuck Norris.
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In early January, Cooper suffered several fractures in one hand, a broken tibia and torn knee ligaments when a car struck the bicycle he was riding.After reading a June 1 story in The News Virginian about Cooper's battle to recover, Norris and his wife, Gena, donated a Total Gym exercise machine for a fundraiser to aid Cooper.
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Cooper has taught martial arts at the Waynesboro YMCA for more than 30 years, and helped found the Special Olympics Region IV powerlifting division, which he has coached for the past 20 years. After Cooper was injured, a concert fundraiser was held to aid in offsetting Cooper's medical bills and in replacing his bicycle.
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"This is something that Tony has been doing for folks for the better part of three decades.
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This is not the first time Cooper has come in contact with the martial arts celebrity. "Years ago…I went down to Virginia Beach to one of Chuck Norris' first studios," said Cooper.
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"I wish the best for Tony, his family and everyone who is working hard to help in this important endeavor."
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