BUDO YOUTH FUND: First Round Of Funding
WE MADE IT!
WE ARE HERE!
OUR GOAL HAS BEEN REACHED…
…AND THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING!
To start, we would like to express our gratitude to EVERYONE who has supported the BUDO BROTHERS brand. By doing so, you are helping us change the young lives of the next generation by blessing us with the ability to support the Budo Youth Fund.
If you are reading this blog, then you know the true power of martial arts. You know how plugging in the principles and virtues of martial arts can lead to a better life <—This is EXACTLY why we started BUDO BROTHERS. We wanted to connect like minded martial artists together, celebrate ALL martial arts, share knowledge, make cool gear, and help the next generation get started. And there is no question that none of this would be possible if we did not have your support.
You played a part in helping us reach our goal of raising $10,000 to INVEST in the next generation through grant funding. We put a call out to the community to help us find the most deserving across North America, and every share, every like, every tag really helped us connect with some incredible families that we are THRILLED to support.
This process has brought about a HUGE feeling of gratitude knowing that we have the power to make a difference in families’ lives. We know that training can be expensive when you toss it in the list of monthly expenses. But financial challenges shouldn’t prevent kids from gleaning the life changing benefits of martial arts. We’ll take care of the financial aspects. We’ll also make sure these kids get to train with some incredible instructors that will bring out the best in them, and arm them with bulletproof confidence to take on life’s challenges.
We are so excited to name the successful grant applicants that have received a FULL YEAR of martial arts training provided by the registered non-profit, BUDO YOUTH FUND, and the full support of the schools these kids chose.
Time for some initial introductions.
Fellow Martial Artists, please meet:
JAYLYNN, MAKYLAH, ALEESAH & MIGUEL
“We see Martial Arts impacting our children in many ways! Training makes them step out of their comfort zone and do things they never knew they were capable of! In a world full of distraction, the instructors at Texas Jeet Kune Do teach children focus, discipline and determination so they can bring their best self both on the mats and in the classroom."
“Ethan is 14 years old and has a twin brother. He comes from a single parent home. Raised by his mother Carmen, who is also a martial artist. A Taekwondo Black Belt to be exact. Out of his siblings, Ethan is the only one that has great interests in studying Martial Arts. Sifu Mychal knew Ethan had a big heart when Ethan was asked why does he keep his hair extra long? Ethan then replied he's growing it so he can donate it for cancer patients. Caring for others more than caring about yourself is one of the traits the JMA Academy teaches.”
Hi, my name is Stephanie Becerra. I am 10 yrs old and I live in Concord, CA. I wanted to go back to my Jujutsu class because I miss it there. I miss my teachers, my friends and all the stuff we did there, like kids night out, KidFest, Tai sabaki back and especially warrior camp. Warrior camp helped me face my fear of heights and it was my first time without my parents. My brother didn't go so it got me braver. My favorite animals are all, mostly bunnies. I have 2 bunnies, 3 birds and a turtle. My favorite sports are soccer and basketball. What Jujutsu is, is something in my life that I want to do and it's fun to do. Like, if something in life goes wrong and you face an attacker, what we do there helps you.
COLTON, NOAH, & WYATT
“I believe martial arts training will provide my kids the opportunity to build skills they can use in all aspects of life.”
“Averi is a sixth grade student right here in the Budo Brothers hometown of Calgary, Alberta. Although Averi has always wanted to try martial arts, until now she has not had the opportunity to do so. Averi looks forward to forming friendships and learning some basic self defence. Averi also recognizes that martial arts has the potential to help her to improve her self-confidence and face some of her fears. Averi and her family are all incredibly grateful for the amazing opportunity the Budo Youth Fund has provided for us. This truly is a life changing gift. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
SCHOOLS PROVIDING TRAINING
INCREDABLE ADAPTIVE MMA
When we started the Budo Youth Fund, our entire model was based around funding individuals instead of entire programs. But, when we met Heather & John Winklejohn, the firepower behind the IncredAble Adaptive MMA, we immediately amended our articles of operation to allow us to support the INCREDIBLE work these two are doing helping amazing athletes with disabilities grow through martial arts 🙏
These two run the program out of pocket as training is FREE for those lucky aspiring martial artists. The Jackson Wink Academy is a WORLD RENOWNED training center where pro athletes from all over the world converge to learn from the best coaches in the game! It is these same coaches that train the IncredAble MMA Athletes, so they are receiving the same life-changing lessons that bring out the best of them.
We decided to partner with Century Martial Arts and support the heck out of these amazing people! We sponsored the IncredAble Adaptive MMA program, and Century Martial Arts donated a TRUCK LOAD of brand new training gear for their athletes. Stay tuned for more on this story in upcoming eMagazine
To empower & provide youth & teens, who experience a variety of environmental, physical & cognitive challenges; the skills & benefits of Mixed Martial Arts.
Our Vision is to empower & provide youths & teens, who experience a variety of environmental, physical & cognitive challenges, the skills & benefits of Mixed Martial Arts.
-To create and provide opportunities in MMA for youths and teens with physical and environmental/at risk challenges.
-To help youths and teens who are often overlooked and underserved, realize their full potential in the sport of MMA.
Texas JKD has done so much in their local communities and they are thrilled to help give back even more by getting linked up with the Budo Youth fund. They offered to do more than just match our grant, they actually 4x’d it!! That’s right, fund one, and bring the brothers and sisters along for the ride! Super gracious, and speaks volumes of Clay & Beverly Pratka 🙏
The Texas JKD Program is fully immersive approach to training as their curriculum explores kickboxing, ground grappling, stand up grappling, trapping, tactical, Action Strength Fitness, and internal, mental and spiritual practices.
JOURNEY’S MARITAL ARTS
Journeys Martial Arts Academy was established in 2013. Lead by Sifu Mychal Clark In San Pedro California. Besides their martial arts program, they offer other services to the community. The JMA Academy has taught free seminars to people of all ages such as the YWCA by empowering and educating young woman about awareness, public safety and self-defense. Journeys has been known for teaching self defense to individuals with Autism.
Sifu Mychal has also held events such as, amateur mma, grappling, and kickboxing tournaments. In addition, the JMA Academy has also lead children summer camps, toy drives, and school supply drives. Sifu Mychal and his Academy will continue to lead and inspire people through the world of martial arts.
TAO OF PEACE
THE TRUE ESSENCE OF MARTIAL ARTS IS TO PROMOTE PERSONAL GROWTH, INNER PEACE, AND HARMONY.
Through training we develop greater self-awareness, ego tendencies become clearer, and we are more capable to view others as an extension of ourselves. Unity and Oneness become great allies in defeating our ego identity.
CCB MARTIAL ARTS
CCB Martial Arts provides martial arts training in Concord, Ca. We are focused on helping you build a higher level of self-confidence, self-esteem and self-defense. Our goal at CCB Martial Arts is to create and deliver tools that empower you to achieve your full potential by breaking through self-limiting beliefs.
BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!
Stay tuned for some amazing stories of transformation over the next year 🙏