Annual Charity Kickathon

Some Good Training for Good Causes

Glad to be done!

Glad to be done!

Every year in late December, in the spirit of special year-end training at dojos in Japan, Silicon Valley Shotokan Karate organizes a year-end punch-and-kick-a-thon. Dojo members collect pledges for charity donations and then do thousands of punches and kicks to earn the donations. It’s a great chance to help people and get in some intense physical training during the holiday season.

The event began about ten years ago as a kick-a-thon, with the goal to do 2006 repetitions of front-kick for the coming year 2006. In 2013 we added punches to raise the bar, doing 2014 reverse punches — after completing 2014 kicks. Physically it’s a lot, even for well conditioned athletes, so many dojo members begin training in the fall to build the strength and stamina they’ll need. Everyone agrees they feel great when they finish.

SVSK members who completed 2014 punches and 2014 kicks in less than 2 hours at the 2013 Kick-a-thon

SVSK members who completed 2014 punches and 2014 kicks in less than 2 hours at the 2013 Kick-a-thon

The kick-a-thon has also grown beyond the SVSK dojo, with other clubs around the world taking up the challenge, too.

Selected charities have included the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Children’s Hope International, and many others.

In December check our calendar and announcements to see when the kick-a-thon is scheduled. We look forward to seeing you there!