We are sorry to say, that today we lost the founder of Criptaedo, Mr. Paul Brailer. There is so much that can be said of Paul, but it just doesn’t seem like enough. He was so many things to so many people. A good friend, an inspiration, a mentor, a teacher, a student, an original.
God speed, my friend.
BARBERTON — Paul Brailer, 44, went to Heaven on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, after a brief illness.
He was born on September 25, 1972 in Akron, Ohio to Lawrence and Paula Brailer. Paul was born with Spina Bifida leaving him with limited use of his legs and was also faced with other medical challenges.
Paul graduated in 1990 from North High School. He was very driven in his adult life to accomplish many things and overcome obstacles beyond expectations for his disability. Paul worked several jobs before finding his true calling – to help himself and others, with and without disabilities. Through a chance encounter and encouragement from Heidi Rudibaugh he was invited to a karate class at the Art of Karate in Barberton. Working with modifications for promotions he reached the level of 2nd degree black belt. His training in karate and health fitness inspired Paul to start Criptaedo. Criptaedo’s (www.criptaedo.com) purpose is to provide self-defense and fitness for the disabled. This was accomplished through videos, speaking engagements, television and radio interviews, and demonstrations around the country. His dream was to have workout facilities provide equipment that was accessible to people with disabilities.
Paul was preceded in death by his father, Lawrence Brailer; grandparents, Ambrose and Jessie Brailer; grandmother, Corinne Brown and grandfather, Paul Meyer. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Amy Brailer; mother, Paula Rey (Robert); mother-in-law,, Bobbi Cotterman; sister, Theresa DeShane (David), (nephews, Zach, Nick and Matt); brother, Lawrence E. Brailer, (nephew, Brandon and niece, Chelsey); step-siblings, Cheryl Martin, John Rey, Shannon Rey , Danny Rey; brothers-in-law, Mike Cotterman (Gail), Tom Cotterman (Michelle); sisters-in-law, Connie Steele, Karen (Marc Rinehart); and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends, especially, Ben Rinehart, Heidi Rudibaugh, Mrs. Rudibaugh, Charles Campbell, Jaret (Shadow) Baughman, Denikay Kunce, Frank Jeffers, Mark Daniel, Tara Richardson, Jen Pezzo; everyone at the Art of Karate and all his Criptaedo fans.
Paul’s funeral service will be held Tuesday, September 19th at 11 a.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Ave., Barberton 44203 with Fr. David Bline officiating. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday, September 18th from 4 to 8 p.m. and also on Tuesday, from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Art of Karate or any spina bifida organization.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Sept. 17, 2017