Breaking boards and swinging swords: Martial arts Break-A-Thon raises $2,two hundred


They broke forums and bricks with their bodies. They shred bundles of straw with a sword. They kicked and hit, after which kicked a few greater.

Whatever their skill level, from the youngest novices to martial arts masters, the scholars of the Detroit Lakes School of Tae Kwon Do and Kumdo by no means failed to electrify at the Break-A-Thon on Tuesday.

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The college students “had a blast” on the Break-A-Thon, keeping with the college’s Master Lucas Holzhueter. So did the audience at the Washington Square Mall that day, which got to look at as approximately 450 timber boards had been split in, alongside some bricks, by the scholars and instructors. Sometimes the boards were piled up, one on top of any other on top of every other, before being struck apart. Master Lucas himself did a massive sword-cutting presentation.

It changed into all an exciting and charitable occasion to raise money for a great motive. Half the proceeds from the Break-A-Thon visit the college’s scholarship fund and the other 1/2 to the Becker County Food Pantry. Holzhueter said about $2,2 hundred become raised this year, “which was a amazing amount of cash.”

The martial arts faculty has been retaining annual Break-A-Thons as a part of Detroit Lakes’ Polar Fest for the past few years. They supply the food pantry its portion of the proceeds in March, whilst all donations to the pantry are matched for the March FoodShare campaign. This way, it is like their donation is robotically doubled, making an even larger distinction.

“It’s certainly correct for children in the gym (to donate to the food pantry),” stated Holzhueter. “A food pantry consultant talks to the youngsters approximately the effect that their donation has at the community… How plenty hamburgers their donation should purchase, or how many packs of mac and cheese or cans of green beans. The youngsters kind of locate that tremendous.”

Donations are raised thru pledges that the students accumulate for the Break-A-Thon. Those bucks have been able to pass even further this 12 months, Holzhueter said, way to boards furnished using Stenerson Lumber.

A few special donations, made for unique requests, brought in even greater greenbacks. Requests included “fancy breaks,” “a couple of board stacks,” “timed breaks,” “brick breaks,” or, as turned into the case with Master Lucas’s sword slicing presentation, for “Master Lucas doing something cool.” He also broke 20 forums in response to a request.

He said it changed into a splendid event this yr, normal, with a lot of audience involvement. One of his college students, a younger lady, broke her first brick on the Break-A-Thon, and two boys who concept they had been simply there to watch ended up attending to work with the college’s black belt instructors to try their very own hand at breaking forums.