WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A local Tae Kwon Do school has raised money once again for a great cause by using what is taught in class and the students certainly got getting their kicks out of the event.
Sunset Tae Kwon Do on Washington Street in Watertown has been breaking boards to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
It's a cause that members say is near and dear to the their hearts.
"It hits home with our school -- one of our students, Mrs. Weaver, has had breast cancer twice and has had a double mastectomy, she has beat it and she has come back and trained," master instructor and co-owner Emilio D'Argenio said.
“One of our other master instructors, Master Harding, has a daughter that has had breast cancer, so it really has hit home,” he said. “Breast cancer awareness has been a great fundraiser for us -- this year, we have more than doubled what we’ve been able to do -- we put on this little break-athon -- the kids and the adults are really excited about it,we are very happy that we are able to contribute.”
“It’s important to the organization to have these guys help us out year after year -- I think they’ve been doing it four years now -- to get the young folks involved, it really says a lot about the organization,” the American Cancer Society’s Don Boshart said. “It teaches those kids how to give back to the community. It’s important to the American Cancer Society to have folks like this involved with us.”
All the students literally get a kick out of an event like this.
"You know, it's very exciting for them -- we are a family-oriented traditional martial arts school -- it's something that families can do together," D'Argenio said. "Some people like breaking boards and some people like self defense, some people like sparring -- everybody does the same thing, the excitement is just tremendous -- the little kids have something they can share with their parents on a regular basis. We're glad to have them."
Raising money in events like this is part of the mission of Sunset Tae Kwon Do.
“Fitness is very important to us, the five tenets of Tae Kwon Do that are on the front wall, courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control and indomitable spirit -- those are what we instill in the kids,” D’Argenio said. “We’re about building character for the kids, getting them to be able to give back, be good members of society -- the more that we can hammer home those tenets, everybody will be better for it.”
If you’re interested in joining or have children who want to join, “I suggest you come up and see Mrs. Ccott or Master Scott or myself -- just come up to the dojang,” D’Argenio said. “We’re open every evening by 4:30, first class is at 5:15, come up and take a class, just watch your kids excel -- it’s a wonderful experience and opportunity for them.”