JANUARY 4 UPDATE: Congratulations to the members who participated. Through commitment, determination, and hard work, not only did all members complete all 1000 cuts, but we also had 3 additional family members participate. Together we raised $1820 for our two charities - Birankai Scholarship Fund and Fisherman's Mark.
If you are still interested in sponsoring our suburi-thon, please scroll down for more information.
At Fearless Heart Aikido, students do a variety of warm-up exercises, including suburi, or practice swings with a wooden sword. At a typical class, students perform 100 to 200 cuts, but on Saturday, January 3, members of the martial art school will attempt 1000 cuts in order to raise money for two charities: Fisherman’s Mark and the Birankai North America Seminar Endowment Fund.
Helen Tai & John McDevitt are co-founders of Fearless Heart Aikido. Tai came up with the suburi-thon because, “For our two-year anniversary, we wanted to do something that would both give back to our community and push our students to achieve something they didn’t think possible. A suburi-thon is the perfect way to do this – 1000 suburi cuts requires not only physical endurance, but a strong will and good technique. If you don’t push yourself, you can’t do it. If you are gripping the sword too tightly, or if your back is not straight or if your form is otherwise off, you’ll collapse well before 1000.”
McDevitt adds, "We chose two charities to express our gratitude for the New Hope and Lambertville community as well as the greater worldwide aikido community. Fisherman’s Mark offers assistance to low income individuals/families and those in crisis. The Birankai North America Seminar Endowment Fund helps more students benefit from the teachings of senior instructors by making seminars more affordable.”
Donations are tax deductible.
Fisherman's Mark - Click "Donate" button
Birankai Scholarship Fund - Scroll down to "Donate" button
Please let us know about your contribution so that we can track the success of our fundraising effort.