Martial arts clubs aim a kick at cancer

ABOVE: Martial arts club operators Rob James, Wally Gray, Jon Ellis, Mark McFadden, Richard Marlin and Barry Potts at the Get Black and Blue for Blue September event.
ABOVE: Martial arts club operators Rob James, Wally Gray, Jon Ellis, Mark McFadden, Richard Marlin and Barry Potts at the Get Black and Blue for Blue September event.

LOCAL martial artists gathered in Goonellabah on Saturday, punching and kicking each other to raise funds for the male cancer awareness foundation Blue September.

Martial arts clubs across Lismore were invited, with the support from Shukokai Karate and Success Martial Arts making the day a hit.

There were martial artists of all ages and experience levels attending.

"We had about 20 people sparring almost continuously for two hours," organiser Mark McFadden of Lismore Kyokushin Karate said.

"We even had a Kyokushin Karate Club travel down from Brisbane for the event."

"It was a fantastic opportunity to test our skills against so many different styles, and we had raised money and awareness of cancers that attack men."

The local prostate support group provided brochures to help raise awareness among the participants. Organisers hope it will become an annual event on the calendar.



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