We have been working with kids/teens and adults for a long time now and one of the things that is often prevalent when people come to us is the battle youths face with depression and suicide. This can be from bullying in school or online, issues in the home, at work or feeling like they don't fit in, isolated, alone. We want to show everyone that they are not alone and that we stand (or run) with them.
I have decided to run from Perth to Margaret River to raise much needed awareness so that we can hopefully gain momentum to work as a community to give support to those who need it.
I chose Margaret River as the final destination because the issue itself is not limited to one area, one group, one stereotype. It is diverse and it is not restricted to a postcode. So starting in the metro area all the way down through some of rural WA and the South West.
The plan will be to make stops in suburbs and towns along the way to talk with schools, groups and communities and share stories. Remember those who are no longer with us. We want to highlight some of the major issues that cause depression and suicide among youths and try to be part of a solution.
We have a GoFund me page https://www.gofundme.com/colinluthwood
to raise the funds needed for the run and are looking for sponsorship's from local businesses who would like to get behind the cause.
We will be posting videos updating you on my training and the progress of the run so subscribe to keep in the loop!
You can follow us on Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JoondalupMartialArts1/
This year at JMA we are hoping to encourage the wonderful JMA community charitable spirit! With that in mind we've decided to partner with the WA Police charity, Constable Care and their Comfort Pack Program.
'The program aims to supply front line emergency service workers with care packs to give to children who are being temporarily relocated from their homes due to accident, emergency or as a result of crime. The backpacks are age and gender appropriate and contain necessities such as pyjamas, underwear, toothbrush and paste, soap, shampoo and conditioner, hair brush, story book, teddy bear, etc.'
Instead of students completing their 5 Leadership Tasks on their grading form we will be asking that everyone assembles a Comfort Pack for children in need. - You can opt out of this and do the normal 5 tasks - The age range is 0-16 so ideally it would be great if students assemble a pack for another child their age but you can choose. You do not need to fill the back pack with all the items, just what you can afford to purchase or even better donate! The idea is to help with Comfort Pack program but also to encourage our students to think about others and how great they will feel knowing they have helped someone else in need.
We are encouraging everyone to participate from all programs including Little Tigers and the adult classes - TKD and Box and Burn - you can also spread the word and ask family and friends if they want to be involved too!
We will be collecting the donations at the club during March leading up to the April grading. Thank you all in advance for your support. We're really excited for this project! You can read more about the program below!
We have some exciting things planned for this year the first of which is offering our babysitting services so parents can have a night out!! Go to the movies, have a meal or just sit in silence!!!
When: Friday 27th January
Where: At the Club
Who: 7 year olds up
Cost: $35 per family
What: We will show a movie to the kids followed by a fun quiz with prizes
Forms are available at the Club and need to be returned before the 27th with correct money to secure the spot.
Mr Luthwoods OMG Divine Chocolate treats!
250g pitted dried dates
65g desiccated coconut
25g raw cacao powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
70-80g coconut oil
Grease and line a biscuit tin with baking paper
Place nuts in processor or thermomix and grind until fine. Set aside.
Add dates, coconut, cacao, salt and honey and mix
Return nut meal to bowl add coconut oil and mix until the mixture has a shiny appearance.
Empty into prepared tin and press down with the back of a spoon to create a flat surface.
Refrigerate and when solid remove from tin and cut into squares. Yummy!!
JMA would like to officially welcome our Saturday morning adults taekwondo instructor Colin Niland. Mr Niland brings a wealth of knowledge to the Club with an extensive background in Aikido, Judo, Karate and Taekwondo. Our Saturday morning class 9am-10am has been running for awhile now and his energy and enthusiasm has rubbed off on us all. We would like to thank Mr Niland for his involvement with JMA and his passion for martial arts!
JMA was at Lakeside on the 28th of September to help the WA Police raise awareness for crime prevention and self defence. Featured in the Joondalup Weekender the article shows Blake Jones demonstrating an awesome kick!
Thank you to everyone who came down, the demonstrations really drew a crowd! Excellent work by all the kids and a big thanks for the parents who brought them down!
You all made us very proud!