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Friday, November 22, 2013

Martial-arts fundraiser for Philippines

Posted By on Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Why hasn’t someone thought of this before? Raising funds for typhoon victims by teaching people how to kick butt.

Tonight, Ryer Martial Arts Academy, in Oakland, is hosting an Intro to Filipino Martial Arts Workshop.

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There is no minimum suggested donation, but all proceeds will be given to the American Red Cross Typhoon Appeal Cause.

The class will be taught by Master Zach Whitson, who is a student of Grandmaster Cacoy Canete, a Filipino working in the relief effort overseas. The two are pictured. Whitson is founder of the Counterpoint Tactical System affiliate of martial-arts studios.

The workshop is open to anyone 13 and up.

Filipino martial arts is known for its heritage of stick fighting, as pictured, as well as other weaponry.

“This workshop will be a wonderful way to help the Filipino people in this time of great need as well as immerse yourself into the martial history and warrior culture of the Philippines,” says Ryer Academy owner Joshua Ryer in a statement.

Similar fund-raising workshops are being held at martial-arts studios in several other cities across the U.S.

Ryer Martial Arts Academy is located at 5440 Centre Ave. Learn more at www.ryeracademy.com.

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