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Karate Students Participate In Unique Fundraiser To Support Personal Empowerment

Dojo PARAMUS, NJ-- On November 15th, 2013, students of The Dojo Paramus (www.thedojoparamus.com), an Isshin-Ryu martial arts school, raised over $1,000 to support The Jed Foundation’s non-profit program, Love is Louder (www.loveislouder.com). In the tradition of dance-a-thons and walk-a-thons, The Dojo’s first “Kata-thon” invited family and friends to sponsor students’ participation in three hours of kata--choreographed patterns of martial arts moves performed in succession.


The goal of the Love is Louder program is to inspire all types of people to raise the volume around the message that love, support, and self-empowerment are louder than any internal or external voice that brings us down. That message aligns nicely with the mental training Master Melissa Mertz, owner of the school, seeks to provide for her students. “The Dojo Paramus believes martial artists should be the gems of society who know the difference between right and wrong,” says Master Melissa. “The school strives to be a safe place where students can be themselves while growing up in this often difficult world.” For students, it was a night of excess in the form of sweat, pumping music, technique, creativity, generous donations, and time well spent with their karate family. “It was a fun way to raise money,” says brown belt Danny Holzman of Paramus. Many of the students, including Brown Belt, Ryan Hudak of New Milford insist, “We should do it again.” High Green belt Hailey Haglid of Ridgewood enjoyed spending time with her friends and says, “My Dad (Brown belt Klas Haglid) was fun, too!” The theme of the Kata-thon was “Strength in Numbers,” and the night lived up to its title as The Dojo Paramus surpassed their fundraising goals and showed students what they can accomplish together. Brown Belt Robyn Roznitsky of Hillsdale says, “By the end, I knew each kata and the other brown belts better than I did before the Kata-thon.” High Green Belt Amanda Perrone of Westwood adds, “We even made up our own katas together and they were awesome. We were awesome.”
For further information, please contact:
Master Melissa Mertz
senseimelissa@thedojoparamus.com
201.481.4940

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