In the weeks before the event, students engage in active fundraising to reach their personal financial and sponsorship goals. The day of the event, participants of different age levels get to complete their own kicking goals and participate in a community celebration. For some of us it’s our favorite day of the year.
On November 5, 2022 we will gather for a kicking marathon (hence KICKATHON). Our youngest students will do two hundred kicks, while older kids do five hundred. Adult members will continue on and accomplish the task of a thousand kicks each.
Register now as an individual or as a team to start fundraising today.
About Sun Dragon
Sun Dragon Martial Arts and Self Defense is a nonprofit karate and self-defense school with a focus on social justice, personal empowerment, and peacemaking. Our self-defense program is built on teaching concrete skills that will enable students to make themselves, their families, and their communities safer; such as learning to recognize unsafe situations, deescalate conflicts, speak against injustice, and, finally, physical self-defense skills.
Our primary goal is to make self defense and martial arts training available to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. Because of this, our fee-based system doesn’t completely cover the bills. We need your help to continue to create a safe space where everyone can be challenged mentally, physically, and spiritually in our traditional martial arts program and learn the life-changing skills of empowerment self defense that we teach. We need your support as we take the message out into our community that everyone has a right to defend themselves, no one should be the target of bullies, and that we all have the power to stand up for ourselves and for others.
How does martial arts training help our students? Here’s an example. One fundamental skill for martial artists is awareness of our surroundings and the ability to respond immediately to changes and challenges in our environment. When Covid struck Austin, we quickly realized that our traditional approach to teaching was no longer safe and within a week we had completely shifted to online classes via Zoom. Our goals also pivoted from teaching physical skills in person to creating an online refuge where our students could connect with others, feel a sense of comfort and continuity with their pre-pandemic lives, and continue to love and support their friends and partners despite our physical separation. Sun Dragon’s Zoom program was an important resource for all of us to help get through the pandemic and deal with the loss and disconnection that we’ve felt over the past couple of years.
Our doors are open to people of all races, genders, ages, and sexual orientations