Dear Family and Friends,
As many of you know, we are trying to raise awareness for child obesity. BlackMat MMA is having our 1st Annual Fundraiser on Saturday, August 13, 2011. We are having a four hour Martial Arts Seminar that starts at noon. We also have two Bands, Food, Drinks, Bouncing House, Raffles, etc. This is a personal invite for you, your family and friends to come by and see what an impact that we have in the community. We are asking for $10.00 to $20.00 donation at the door.
For those who are not familar with BlackMat MMA we are an official 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization teaching Mixed Martial Arts to boys and girls, young adults and to help “at risk ” and “under-privileged” kids in the city of Whittier, California, and the surrounding cities. BMMMA was founded in 2003 to provide boys and girls and young adults a safe haven; a place where they could feel safe, be respected, and be treated with dignity and honesty. A place where they can grow as a martial artist, but most importantly as human beings.
At Black Mat students 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, Jiu-jitsu, Judo, Submission Wrestling , Kickboxing, Wrestling & Self Defense. Through training they are taught humility, patience, self control, and awareness before 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.
By showing your support with a tax deductible donation this year, you will provide new opportunities to those in need and help BlackMat to continue its commitment to those who need it.
We work very hard each year to provide Mixed Martial Arts, Tutoring, Mentoring, Drug & Alcohol prevention, and Character Building. A tax deductible donation of $100 would be a tremendous help in supporting the BlackMat Foundation, but we also welcome any size donation. Any support you can lend will help in ways beyond measure. If you are able to donate privately, you can check to see if your employer will match your amount. Many companies have matching programs that you might not be aware of.
Thank you for your time and consideration; If you require additional information on BlackMat MMA, please feel free to call me or visit their website at:http://www.blackmatmma.com 
Coach Phillip Koon
President / Founder
12200 East Washington Blvd, Suite J
Whittier, Ca 90606