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Kicking for a cause: Martial arts program raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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THE COURIER/Photos and video by Angy Altamirano

They kicked for a cause.

On Friday, April 26, students enrolled in Progressive Martial Arts’ (PMA) youth program cheered on their fellow athletes as they took to the mat for a minute of non-stop kicking each. The goal was to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

For every child’s kick at the seventh annual kick-a-thon, PMA founder Nick Sacoulas donated $1 out of his own pocket. The sifu, or teacher, also gave $2 for every brave parent who showed his or her martial arts skill.

At the end of the kicking session, awards went to one student who banged out 131 kicks and another who collected over $1,600 for the cause. PMA gathered more than $12,000 for the children’s hospital, exceeding the initial goal of over $5,000.