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Nippon Dojo Hosts "Operation-Save-A-Life"

What happens when you join a group of 17 hard-working athletes, a supportive community, and a great cause? Answer: A very successful fund-raiser!

     “Operation-Save-A-life”, A St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital event, was held at Nippon Dojo in Franklin, Kentucky on February 24 2009. We raised a total of $3615 for St. Judes.

     What happens when you join a group of 17 hard-working athletes, a supportive community, and a great cause? Answer: A very successful fund-raiser!

     “Operation-Save-A-life”, A St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital event, was held at Nippon Dojo in Franklin, Kentucky on February 24 2009. We raised a total of $3615 for St. Judes.

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     All students involved pledged to complete a variety of both exercise and martial arts tasks to win donations for St. Jude.

     The event ran for a total of 2 hours, but we did stop for a little water now and then and folks were a little tired afterward; we did have a great time and it was well worth the work and sweat.

     Some highlights included a variety of board-breaking activities by the instructors and higher ranking students. Board breakers included John Herrmann, his son Andrew Herrmann, and rok-kyu Lucas Farley.  Our board breaking is a little more oriented toward sanchin rather than conventional breaking. We normally do not do breaking but once in a while it is fun. I want our students to understand that board breaking is meant to build confidence and sharpen focus, nothing more. It should not be the goal but merely part of the path.

     Shodan Paul Bagwell took 40 12-pound medicine ball drops to his abdomen. The ball was dropped from a height of 81/2 feet.  Each drop, like the board-breaking, elicited some wincing from those watching, but all students and instructors were well-prepared and came through with flying colors.

     Other participants and their activities included:

 

Shichi-kyu Brittany DeFreece -              1440 continuous jump ropes and an hour of kata.

 

Shodan Paula DeFreece -                         500 sit ups, 400 arm conditioning exercises and an hour of kata.

 

Hachi-kyu Andrea White                         250 squats, 300 arm conditioning exercises and 300 block and punch 2-man drills.

 

Hachi-kyu Kathy Osborne -             400 crunches, 300 arm conditioning exercises and 300 block and punch two-man drills.

 

Rok-kyu Lucas Farley -                         350 punches on a maikwara board, and eight 3-minute rounds of  sparring.

 

Rok-kyu Kathy Bagwell -                         400 jump ropes, 100 crunches, and eight 3-minute rounds of sparring.

 

Ku-kyu Little-John Herrmann -             350 sit ups 200 pushups and 400 jumping jacks, then kata

 

Hachi-Kyu Hilary Lee -                         175 squats, 100 crunches and kata.

 

Ju-kyu Beth Gibson -                         100 sit ups while holding her baby.

 

Shodan Brian Hammonds -             600 jump ropes, medicine ball work, and eight 3-minute rounds of sparring, and kata as                                                 well.

 

Yondan Andrew Herrmann-             sat in Shiko-Dachi for 1 solid hour without moving then did board breaking, and self                                                 defense mat work.

 

Ku-kyu Dylan Link –                         150 squat jump ropes, 350 crunches 200 jump ropes, then team kata

 

Ku-kyu Autumn Ratlif –                         500 situps, 400 arm conditioning exercises, then team kata

 

Ku-kyu Tami Link –                         250 squats, 175 pushups, 100 arm exercises, then team kata

 

Ku-kyu Nicole Koller –                         200 squats, 180 pushups, 100 arm exercises, then team kata.

 

     Each of the students, and instructors came away a little tired but also fulfilled knowing that they each played an important part in helping the kids at St. Jude. They even asked about setting up a trip down to Memphis to visit with them and maybe do some demo stuff