BlackMat MMA, is an official non-profit organization teaching MMA to at risk and under privileged children and youth in the city of Whittier, California and the surrounding cities. The program is seeking donations in any amount to help them keep their program operating.
The program was founded in 2003 to provide a safe haven for the youth in the area. At BlackMat, youth learn the discipline to make changes in their young lives that will help them achieve their goals starting with graduation from middle school then high school and the importance of higher education. Each child or youth is able to train five times a week. Upon arrival each student is welcomed with a hug by trainers and fellow students. They are taught the skills of Boxing, Jiujitsu, Judo, SubmissionWrestling, Kickboxing,Wrestling & Self Defense.
The kids are also taught love, acceptance, compassion and respect for one another. After training the kids have an opportunity to discuss any issues that may be of concern in their lives. New kids may be paired with a mentor, usually another student who has been attending BMMMA for a year or longer. The students participate in competitions throughout Southern California. They also participate in community service by sharing their testimonies to “at risk kids” in the Vida program ran by the Los Angeles Sheriffs Dept. Over the last 8 years Black Mat has served over 800 kids who have stayed in school, out of trouble and have graduated. Many are currently serving in the Armed Forces. Staff is available to all students and parents for mentoring, support and tutoring 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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BlackMat MMA MISSION: California has the highest rank of all states when it comes to troubled youth and teens. According to a study from October 2009, children have been directly or indirectly exposed to violence in the last year. Nearly half of the children and adolescents were the victims of a violent assault and more than one in ten were injured as a result. According to U.S. Attorney General Holder, youth Violence needs to be addressed as a public health problem and not exclusively as only a criminal justice concern.
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