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Free Self Defense Classes For Kids in Bellingen NSW

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We are gathering support signitures to help in our application for grants to open a community gym/dojo were kids and teens can learn self defense, health and fitness for free, this will be a self sustaining non for profit organisation in the memory of the late Matt Mitchell.

The Matt Mitchell Community Dojo will allow the children of Bellingen (aged 5 to 17) to learn martial arts for free, Our programs will encourage children to learn not only self-defense but will allow them to be a part of our stranger danger and bully watch programs.

Our aspiration is to make the community, children and schools a safer healthier place. Martial arts teaches more then just self defense it’s a way of life, kids will practice self control, discipline, ,responsibility and leader ship in a positive environment.for there hard work and commitment they will be rewarded therse attributes they will move up a regognised belt system ,certificates and badges that will regognise and encourage there progress.

In September 2013 Local man Matt Mitchell passed away, after several weeks on life support at the young age of only 30. On a late night a few weeks earlier Matt was found unconscious with a severe head wound on graham drive in sandy beach. After pleas from the family and friends and continuous police investigation, no one has yet been held accountable for Matt’s death.

Matt was a loving young man who was a huge part of the martial arts community in Woolgoolga he overcame huge obstacles in his life, Matt was told he may never walk again, refusing to give up continued to train in martial arts even in a wheel chair till he no longer needed the chair. He was an inspiration to all that knew him.

A few months before Matt was taken from us we had discussed the idea of a community dojo, pondering the idea of creating self-defense classes that could be accessed by kids from all different financial backgrounds, Matt said “ kids who really need martial arts and all it offers don’t have an income” .

Not in vain, we will honour Matt in helping a dream come true.

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