A LETTER FROm
Dear Fellow Martial Artists,
We have some MAJOR announcements to make this month! :)
For those of you that might not be aware, we also run a registered non-profit called the Budo Youth Fund who's sole purpose is to help underprivileged youth gain access to the life changing benefits of martial arts.
In order to fast track reaching our fundraising goal, we put on a charity business seminar featuring world renowned martial artist, author, and keynote speaker, Sifu Singh. The event SOLD OUT IN THREE WEEKS, and was an incredibly powerful session! We are happy to announce that we reached our goal and raised over $10,000 for the Budo Youth Fund all thanks to Sifu Singh - He graciously offered to waive his speaker fee so we could donate 100% of the proceeds to the cause! This means we are getting ready to accept grant applications to fund deserving youth and get them started on their martial arts journey. All that's left to do is get our application intake system up and running. In this issue, we share some sneak peaks of the session and share some knowledge bombs that were reined down on the city of Calgary :)
It's no secret that we love making great products. Well, we hooked up with another awesome company that shares this passion and is eager to help out with our cause. "Shinbudo" has a similar story to us in that they are two dudes chasing their passion. They make some incredible products including bokken, training tanto, naginata, yari, and the list goes on. These fine gents loved what we were doing with our non-profit and offered to donate 3 Bokken to our store with 100% of the proceeds going to the Budo Youth Fund! More on these gents in this month's issue.
This month we are featuring Michael Billings, a lifetime martial artist who, in spite of his diverse background, respectfully waives the title of Sifu, Guru, or Master. Preferring a low key presence, this will be Michael's first featured article in over 20 years of extensive study. As the article will reflect, Michael advocates a result focused, individualized approach to both training and teaching. Over the years, Michael has worked with martial artists of various experience levels, from beginner to advanced, at times acting as a technical advisor to other schools. Additionally, his unique methods, care, and attention to detail have helped professionals in many fields be more effective in their roles. Including: community health, social work, youth support, emergency response, and security.
Lastly, how could we not talk about Gen-2 of the Hood-Gi! After being plagued by many unforeseen delays, and succumbing to our own perfectionism, we are finally live!!! We listened to you, our customers, as over 700 of you provided your feedback on what you would like to see in the new design. The crowdsourced design turned out AMAZING! And for that, we thank you. We're also hooking up our mag subscribers with a special discount (read more in the article.)