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Raising funds for Japan in Caulfield

March 29, 2011 – 9:52 pmNo Comment

A scene from the aikido dojo, with a poster from the Krav Maga academy (with whom they share the facility) in the background

On Sunday 10 April, there will be the chance for Melbourne readers to participate in Caulfield’s local Aikido Renshinkai class to help raise money for the hundreds of thousands of people, who were affected by the destructive and damaging earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Participants will be introduced to learning some self-defence skills as taught in Aikido, an authentic Japanese martial art.

On Friday 11 March, Japan was hit with a massive earthquake, reading 9.0 on the Richter scale, which triggered a ten meter tsunami causing extensive damage off the north-east coast of the main island of Honshu.  “Earthquakes are not new to me but the recent disaster was more frightening and damaging than ever before and its effects will ripple through Japanese society for many years to come,” said Paul Chapman, Aikido instructor at IDF Training and a frequent visitor to Japan over the last 16 years.

The death toll has exceeded more than 10,000 with at least 4,500 people confirmed dead. A nuclear emergency has also been declared following explosions at various nuclear plants in the Fukushima area. The most heavily impacted areas were Sendai city, Miyagi prefecture and Fukushima prefecture. Major damage occurred, with cars, ships, and buildings swept away, trains thrown off tracks, and landslides. At least 6,300 homes were completely destroyed. Hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless, and millions were left without adequate food, power, or running water.

“Shops are often running out of food and everyday life has become extremely difficult for most people. The looming threat of radiation is also on everyone’s mind,” said Paul Chapman.

Readers are encouraged to come down and try learning an authentic Japanese martial art whilst making a contribution to help victims of the natural disaster in Japan.

When: Sunday 10 April, 12.00-1.30pm

Location: IDF Training Gym: 105 Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield North

Cost: $25 (All proceeds go to the Japanese Red Cross Society)

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