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    Martial arts/charity connections?

    Martial arts training is and should be mostly about learning to beat people up real good, but when you've been doing that for a long time you may start to wish it was about, y'know, a bit more than that. I'm old and creaky now and starting to think about legacy and "giving back", making the world a better place and such.

    What are your favorite stories about martial artists, schools or clubs contributing to charities? Spar-a-thons to raise funds for childhood cancer research? Schools who really go the extra mile to help out disadvantaged students? You get the picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DdlR View Post
    Martial arts training is and should be mostly about learning to beat people up real good, but when you've been doing that for a long time you may start to wish it was about, y'know, a bit more than that. I'm old and creaky now and starting to think about legacy and "giving back", making the world a better place and such.

    What are your favorite stories about martial artists, schools or clubs contributing to charities? Spar-a-thons to raise funds for childhood cancer research? Schools who really go the extra mile to help out disadvantaged students? You get the picture.
    I know several Judo black belts that taught Judo to underprivileged kids in Boys Clubs and YMCA's for free for 40 years plus.

    And, I know wrestling coaches with similar contributions to underprivileged kids for decades, as well as boxing coaches.

    This is a particular contribution, especially when many of those kids have no father in their lives that is not in jail, or an abusive alcoholic, or etc, etc.

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    FWIW I train at The Salvation Army (TSA Martial Arts Malmö). We do grappling, and have been for 8 years. I would say about half of the kids are having some sort of disability and about a third, maybe, have their dues paid by the Salvation Army.

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