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2011 Progress Report

2011 has given proof to the idea that out of necessity comes growth.  The year started with the unfortunate news that Felex was losing his home by government fiat.  However, from this bad situation, the “Ask Me About My Bruises” campaign was formed.  Thanks to all of you “Bruisers” who made the campaign the success that it has been.  Keep spreading the word!

Then, in October, came one of the highlights of my martial arts career, hosting Iain Abernethy for a weekend-long seminar on the practical application of karate.    This seminar brought people from all over the US (Connecticut, New York, Florida, Georgia, Texas, California, Washington, and many others) to Independence, Missouri for an amazing weekend of training and good times with fellow martial artists.  Also, through the generosity of the Blue River Martial Arts Club (who donated the proceeds to Karate for Life), Iain (who donated all of the DVDs sold that weekend), and the seminar participants (who bought lots of T-shirts), we raised nearly $3000 to help Felex in the rebuilding process.  We’ve now raised enough money to help him complete the first-stage of the building process and have enough left over to complete about one-half of the remaining construction.  Thanks so much to all of you who have turned this year from a rough one into the success that it has been!  Let’s keep pushing forward into 2012.

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