Over the last 12 months the Tokon Academy has hosted some of the worlds best martial artists, fighters, coaches and competitors with the main aim and objective being to develop the base and technical standards of these sports/arts at the academy: BJJ with Braulio Estima, No-gi wrestling with Jeff 'the Snowman' Monson, Judo with Ray Stevens and MMA with Michael 'the Count' Bisping.
On Sunday 18th January 2009 we will be hosting another event with one sole mission. To raise a shed load of money for the 'Help for Heroes' campaign.
Please check out the event video:
What is Help for Heroes?
Help For Heroes was the idea of Appeal Chairman Bryn Parry and a group of friends and relations, many of who have connections with serving servicemen and women. Bryn and his wife Emma wanted to do something to help the wounded and came up with the idea of a sponsored bike ride. They mentioned it to some friends who mentioned it to some more friends and suddenly Help For Heroes was born and growing fast. A flurry of visits to various offices led to the campaign being blessed by the head of the army, Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Richard Dannatt. Help For Heroes is backed by the Army Benevolent Fund, the Army's own charity that does wonderful work for soldiers and other servicemen and women both directly and through its support of other service charities.
The Tokon Academy is extremely proud to be hosting a full-contact [low armour] stick fighting day on Sunday 18th January 08 100% dedicated to raising as much money as possible for this fantastic charity. Please support our event.
Date: Sunday 18th January 2009
Venue: Sandye Place Middle School, Park Road, Sandy, Beds. SG19 1JD
Cost: Entrance is FREE (donations on the day please)
More info: Rules & flyer TBC online at http://www.tokonacademy.com/Charity.htm
Very often those of us that have no connection to the armed services sit at home not giving a second thought to those servicemen and women thousands of miles away working tirelessly to protect those that need protecting, risking lives for the sake of their service. "It's their job! Quit complaining!" "...They understood the risks when they joined up."
Just two examples of ignorant quotes so readily thrown around when the topic of discussion shifts to the work servicemen and women do all over the globe. The point is that these same servicemen and women are not the individuals doing the complaining in fact they DO just get on with it! Whilst most serving personnel know of someone killed during a conflict many more are left with the consequence of war and the impact it has on their bodies and families. I feel it is our duty to raise as much money as we can to support this charity and increase the funds right across the board that are so readily needed by those injured across the world in conflict.
We are currently looking for fighters (from a Kali background or MMA fighters willing to give it a go) for the day to go ahead, a number of individuals have expressed an interest in attending but at the end of the day no fighters = no event. Please spread the word to anyone that you think would be interested in our event (competing or supporting).
Anyone interested should PM or email me ASAP!
Many thanks and Happy Christmas,
The Tokon Academy