On February 11, 2012 Ichibankarate held
a Dessert Social and Silent Auction to raise money for TKFI families in need. Some of our Ichibankarate families donated
baskets of goods and service items for everyone to place bids. Throughout the evening’s events, which included singing,
dancing and board breaking, members placed bids on the items. At the end of the evening, we collected a little
over $2000.00 dollars which was distributed to various families throughout our TKFI organization.
Students and families of Ichibankarate
organized a dogi drive in response to a need within our Saito-ha Shito-Ryu karate-do family. The students in the Brazilian
dojo do not have enough or adequate dogis for their student body so Ichibankarate students reached into their closets and
collected 49 dogis, 13 pieces of gear and 67 belts for our Brazilian family. Unfortunately, these dogis are very heavy
and we were not able to find an affordable way to ship the collected items to Brazil.
Later, some of the Brazilians
were able to make it to the United States for the 2010 TKFI Nationals. We then donated suit cases and collected money
to pay the extra baggage fees so they could carry the dogis back to Brazil with them. A very Happy Ending!
In 2010 Ichibankarate family and friends donated
22 coats to Assisting Young Mothers (AYM) and The Alternative House for abused and homeless children. At the beginning
of 2011, Ichibankarate donated 53 coats!
At AYM, young women receive counseling, shelter, life skills training, parenting
education, and job readiness training to help them become nurturing parents and successful members of the community.
AYM strives to promote self-sufficiency and nurturing parenting, and to prevent child abuse and stop the cycle of teen pregnancy.