Karate Students Kick Breast Cancer, One Pink Belt At A Time

June 3rd, 2010

Westminster, CO — June 3rd, 2010 — Martial Arts students at The Dojo of Karate & Fitness show how they can help kick and punch breast cancer by wearing Pink Karate Belts in class during the week of June 7th to June 11th.

This is a new fund raising program created by owner and Master Instructor, Javier Lozano, Jr.

He decided that their Karate school needed to demonstrate their support to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, taking place in the Rocky Mountains from June 25th to June 27th, 2010.

“As a business owner, I feel it is my responsibility to get our school together as a community and stand up for something that is important.  Breast Cancer is something that affects friends, families, and loved ones”, says Lozano.  “In my opinion, business owners have a moral obligation to their clients to give back to the community.  We are in contact with so many people who live different lives, and we have an opportunity to influence our community because of the small degrees of separation among various people.”

Martial Arts students at The Dojo of Karate and Fitness will be purchasing Pink Karate Belts for $15 per belt, with $10 of the proceeds going towards the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

During the week of June 7th to June 11th, Sensei Lozano has designated it as Breast Cancer Awareness Week, where students will be exchanging their current Karate Belts for Pink Karate Belts.  And, students will give up their earned ranks of continuous martial arts training to become a unified rank of Pink.

All students will be learning how health and fitness can help prevent their chances of disease, such as breast cancer.  And, by maintaining an active lifestyle that incorporates healthy eating habits, this will allow students and their families to live a more prosperous life.

More importantly, though, it gets the Martial Arts studio together, like a community.

“People want to be apart of something that is bigger than them.  They want to be able to give back in a way that actually affects their community.  We all want to be proud of something and fight for it.  By getting our school together with this new fund raising event, our members feel more empowered than before, and that’s exactly what Martial Arts is really about.  It’s not about the kicks and punches, but about how you can help someone else achieve their goals”, says Sensei Lozano.

In addition to the sense of community The Dojo of Karate has created, Sensei Lozano is also creating the future leaders of America through martial arts training.

In every class, students are challenged to become leaders by working hard and leading by example.  If someone is having a hard time learning a new technique or move, it’s their responsibility to teach the students who are struggling.

If they have a new child trying out Karate classes, it’s a current students job to teach them the ropes and shadow them during their 1st couple of sessions.

Why?

That way students begin to take pride and ownership in their training, at every level.

Those are character traits The Dojo of Karate is always looking to develop in every child because eventually they will have an opportunity to lead a group to follow a common goal. Or start learning how leadership can translate over to great causes in society, such as raising money for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

Lastly, The Dojo of Karate & Fitness will be hosting a Breast Cancer Boot Camp on Saturday, June 12th from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM.  This is how parents and members of the community can get together and help raise money  too.

To learn more and register for this great cause, go to: http://www.TheBreastCancerBootCamp.com.

Broomfield Breast Cancer Boot Camp

May 18th, 2010

Westminster, CO — May 18th 2010 – Breast Cancer is one of the leading causes of death among women.  There are several organizations out there, such as the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, and many more, that put on weekend long events where the entire country, regions, states, counties, and towns, can gather together to raise money and find a cure for breast cancer.

Local martial arts expert and certified personal trainer, Javier Lozano, Jr. is the owner and chief instructor at The Dojo of Karate & Fitness in Westminster, and plans on hosting their 1st Inaugural Breast Cancer Boot Camp on June 12th, 2010.

Their goal is to raise over $3,000 and donate the funds to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

However, Coach Lozano plans on approaching this fundraiser a little different.

He wants to get all of his martial arts and fitness members involved too, even though some of the students may be too young to train in a boot camp session.

His plan of attack…? pink karate belts.

Coach Lozano says, “We will be selling pink karate belts to students for them to wear during the week of June 7th to June 12th during their martial arts classes.  This way, they can show their support in finding a cure for breast cancer.  When we brought up the concept a couple of months ago, students were extremely excited about the idea, and couldn’t wait to signup.”

The pink martial arts belts will be on sale for purchase at $15 per belt, with approximately $10 of the proceeds going to the Avon Walk For Breast Cancer.

Than, on Saturday, June 12th from 9:30am to 10:30am The Dojo of Karate & Fitness will be hosting the official Breast Cancer Boot Camp.  A 1-hour boot camp session where participants will have an opportunity to workout in the popular fitness boot camp class.

Their boot camps really focus on variety.

“When someone asks what a typical boot camp consists of, I sort of tell them we do not have a normal routine or workout” says Coach Lozano.  “Now if they want to know what people are saying about our programs and how they feel after the workout, the best example is that they leave feeling like jelly, sweating like pigs, and hurting… while having a big smile on their face.”

The Broomfield Fitness Boot Camp, as it’s known by locals, train with a variety of exercise equipment.  This way, it keeps the workouts interesting, and the athletes on their toes.

For instance, they use resistance bands instead of dumb-bells because it becomes more difficult to control the bands.  There is resistance on both the pushing / pulling motion, as well as the retrieving motion.

In addition, Coach Lozano teaches them how to use sandbags.  It’s an unorthodox way of training because the sand will shift in all different ways, making it difficult to maintain control.  This forces athletes to use their stabilizer muscles too.

“Plus, I tell them they can put on their resume that they are professional sandbag movers, incase an employer is trying to set apart candidates” says Lozano jokingly.

And, the ever so kettlebells are another piece of equipment they train with too.  Kettlebells are beginning to gain popularity because of its functional type movement, strength and cardio exercise, and great results athletes are gaining.

After the Breast Cancer Boot Camp, Coach Lozano invited a local chiropractor from Countryside Health and Wellness, to discuss ways to prevent breast cancer — from diet and nutrition, to physical fitness and exercise.

This will be a 30 minute educational class, in order to teach all of the participants on how they can help prevent breast cancer.

The cost to participate in the Breast Cancer Boot is only $30 per participant with approximately $20 of the proceeds going towards the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

And, if you decide to signup for the Breast Cancer Boot Camp, than Coach Lozano will apply a $30 discount to your 1st month of training.

This is a great way to get introduced into the Broomfield Fitness Boot Camp.

To signup or learn more about the Breast Cancer Boot Camp, please contact The Dojo of Karate and Fitness at: 303.920.4500 or email Coach Lozano at: [email protected]