Kick-A-Thon raising funds for hurt soldiers

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This group really gets a kick out of helping service members who have been injured in the line of duty.

To prove it, the Elite Chinese Martial Arts Academy in Pomona will conduct a Kick-A-Thon for the Wounded Warrior Project. The event will take place 1-3 p.m. Oct. 6 at the academy, 1633 Route 202, in Pomona.

The Wounded Warrior Project serves military service members and their family members who incurred wounds, injuries or illnesses in the line of duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001. The organization takes a holistic approach when serving warriors and their families to nurture the mind and body and encourage economic empowerment and engagement.

"I personally know of military personnel who have returned from active duty and were negatively affected physically and emotionally," said Lao Shr (a ranking title) Mike Reynolds, the owner and head instructor of the academy. "My students and I would like to help the organization meet the needs of our nation's injured service members."

On the day of the Kick-A-Thon, students of all ages and levels will participate in raising funds. The students will solicit pledges before the event for every kick they can perform. The goal is for every student to reach at least 100 kicks each within two minutes.

If each sponsor pledges even just 10 cents a kick, it would total $10 per sponsor for each participant.

"Having our younger students participate in the Kick-A-Thon provides them with the opportunity to take a moment and think of others. It also enables them to give a little back to those men and women who have given so much," Reynolds said.

Parents, well-wishers and other members of the community are invited to cheer on their favorite students and support the event.

Since its doors opened in October of 2010, the Elite Chinese Martial Arts Academy has been helping students and their families keep their minds and bodies in tip-top shape.

Academy classes are designed to help the student grow both physically and mentally. The specialized training programs develop strength, flexibility, speed, balance and stamina. In addition to the physical component, the academy provides character-building tools and real-life skills found only in martial arts.

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The academy also stresses personal responsibility and continued development by building the student's confidence, focus, concentration and self-control, according to a news release.

For more information, contact Paul Messer at 201-452-3857 or pmsquared@hotmail.com. Or visit http://www.elitechinesemartialarts.com/.

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