At The Hamlet we are all so very excited to hear about this event and hope that our children, students, members and families will all be keen to be involved and go along and support on the day.
The day will be jam-packed with different events, competitions and games. Martial Arts demonstrations, sumo suits to try on, splat the rat and a bake sale are just a few of the things planned for. The day will finish with an evening show of light contact Martial Arts which will be a ticketed event (please contact Black Belt Academy to book).
16 year old Zak Hills-Brown will raise money for the charity by taking part in a '100 Kumite' event. The 100 Kumite will consist of Zak sparring 100 karate students (one at a time) for one minute rounds and will, therefore, take 100 minutes to complete.
Zak is an experienced Martial Artist (he is a 2nd Dan black belt in Karate, 1st Dan black belt in Kickboxing and holds multiple Karate and kickboxing honours, including several World Championship titles). We can't wait to see how he gets on! To read more about this challenge and donate to Zak click HERE.
Maisie Emmerson from The Black Belt Academy explained, "The Hamlet is spoken of very highly at our school, since the daughter of one of our members has attended there since she was very small. Aria Beales may only be 4, but is a very big character at the Black Belt Academy and we all understand that life for her hasn't been without its challenges. Thanks to The Hamlet, Aria has been able to integrate and socialise with other adults and children of her own age. We know how valuable the charity has been to Jenny and Martin (Aria's parents) and therefore we would like to raise as much money as we can to help support The Hamlet."
Aria's Dad, Martin will be getting involved in the days events and plans to perform an 'iron shirt' demonstration, in which pieces of wood will be broken across various parts of his body (usually upper arm, thigh, back and abs)! He's hoping to get as much sponsorship for the demonstraion as possible!
Matt Garlinge, Marketing and Communications Lead at The Hamlet commented, "I have met with Black Belt Academy owners Richard and Maisie and felt really excited about this event. They are aiming to raise a massive £2000 for the charity. It's amazing to have the support of a local community organisation like this. I know Aria and her parents Jenny and Martin. Jenny was hoping to raise money for us last year by completing the Run Norwich, but unfortunately she had to pull out due to an injury. I know through speaking with her, this event means the world to her and she really hopes everyone at The Hamlet will get behind it to support the event.