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Break a board in fundraiser for children
Martial arts event Saturday to benefit St. Jude
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Skylar Schwartz demonstrates breaking a board at Moohan Martial Arts. Moohan Martial Arts students will be taking part in a charity fundraiser where they will be breaking boards Saturday. - photo by Emily Saunders

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Students of a local martial arts class won’t be pulling any punches — or kicks — when they assemble Saturday for a “break-a-thon” to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Moohan Martial Arts staff member Stacy Rucker said the event will give even those not familiar with Taekwondo a shot at breaking wooden boards for $5 a pop.

“There’s a lot of walk-a-thons and other types of fundraisers in the area,” Rucker said. “We thought it would be interesting to put a martial arts spin on it.”

Break-a-Thon, the first the center has held, is slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday outside La Cazuela Mexican Cantina on Market Place Boulevard.

Rucker said those who come planning to bust a wooden board need only sign a waiver and contribute $5 to the cause.

“We’ll teach them how to do it,” Rucker said. “People love to be able to say, ‘I broke a board.’ People love that. It’s a lot of fun, it’s kind of a challenge and it’s kind of cool.”

Those who want to help but not necessarily shatter wood, can sponsor one of 50 participating students.

Some of the pupils have already started raising funds, and many seem confident in their board-busting abilities.

“Breaking the boards is not very hard,” said 8-year-old Robert Horn, adding that he uses “focus” and “technique” to accomplish the task.

Horn’s father, Randy, said the fundraiser is “a great idea ... getting kids involved with a good cause like this.”

“It also helps Robert to set a goal and strive to meet it,” he said.

Six-year-old Peter Masier described his strategy as follows: “I get ready, and I hit the board really hard.”

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, based in Memphis, Tenn., was founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas.

According to its Web site, “St. Jude is a place where many doctors send some of their sickest patients and toughest cases.”

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