Kokoro Karate students kick for a cause

Members of the Kokoro Karate and Fitness Center on Avenue N in Mill Basin punched and kicked for a good cause during a special fundraiser at the school on Nov. 19.
Photo by Steve Solomonon

Talk about putting your best foot forward!

Students at the Kokoro Karate and Fitness Center were roundhouse kicking for a cause on Nov. 19 as they participated in a special Kick-A-Thon at their Avenue N dojo.

And the kickers went all out — with one spry student kicking more than 1,000 times within 12 minutes.

Kick-A-Thon organizer Jamie Esopo said that students raised $6,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital during the day-long event.

“This was our first time doing this, but St. Jude Children’s Hospital is a great place,” Esopo said. “It costs more than $2 million to run a hospital each day, so they need all the help they can get.”

Kick-A-Thon sponsors either donated a set amount of money, or pledged an amount of money for each kick a particular student made before the buzzer sounded.

Ricardo Louis, a student instructor, didn’t get a chance to participate, but said that he could have matched the 1,000 kicks.

“It would have been fun to do it,” said Louis, a black belt. “It’s a way we could learn something and then put what we learned to a good cause. I hope we have more events like this.”

Keep kicking, Ricardo — you’ll get your chance.

Reach reporter Thomas Tracy at ttracy@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2525.

Nicholas Russell, 13, a student at Roy H. Mann Junior High School, was punching and kicking for a good cause at the Kokoro Karate and Fitness Center on Avenue N.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

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