September 9th, 2007

The Fourth and final chapter in the SAR 911 fundraiser

Posted in Seminars by Mark

A great day was had by all. Jack was in fine form for the morning session, with plenty of effective real world ideas and techniques. Before we broke for lunch Jack took the time to explain what it meant to him to take part in the seminar, and what was involved in our training, and perhaps what we were training for. He touched on the fact that there are people training in the arts who use these ideas and techniques in the real world for good reason, to help others. It’s this reason that makes us all quite similar in many ways, and that maybe it’s our perceived or invented differences that are used against us, or used by us against others. Simply put, if you do something, do it for the right reasons and not out of prejudice, hatred or fear. 

The lunch break gave everyone the chance to catch up with each other, chat, to ask questions, and eat good food.The afternoon proceeded in the same vein, with both myself and Matt keeping up the pace into the early evening. As we broke for the day, we took stock of what exactly our efforts were in aid of. We discussed the aims of the seminar and whether or not we had reached them. We discussed the support and the lack of it from many within the martial art community as a whole, we talked about the direction of the seminar in the future and who should benefit from our efforts.The topics were varied but the consensus of opinion was that we should choose another charity organization to raise money, we have to date raised almost $9,000 dollars which has gone or will go to SAR organizations. For the first 2 years The Bear Search & Rescue Foundation received nearly $4,000 and the rest has gone or will go to NY Search & Rescue.  We have tried to help others in the greater NY area, and now I think we should turn our attentions inward and help those that help us to go about our daily lives in a safe and relatively peaceful environment.

So, next year we hope to hold a seminar for the widows and orphans of members of the law enforcement community, in the hope that we can do something in return for those who have given so much of themselves to help others. The ultimate price of self-sacrifice goes way beyond the self; it affects the lives of all the family members of those that have fallen in the line of duty.  I think it only fitting that we should acknowledge their supreme efforts and assist them where we can—a little effort goes along way and it can mean a great difference to those who will never forget what it means to be a member of a truly dedicated fraternity of brothers and sisters that hold the line for us, by putting their lives on it.  If we can help as a group or individually we will do so.

The final tally isn’t in yet, but when it is, we will contact NYSAR and donate it. We will keep you posted of any developments and any responses that we get. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who donated money or attended on the day and to those attendees who supported us in the past. To those who didn’t, hey what can I say, it’s what you support and what you live for that defines you as a human being, and what we choose to offer our lives for.  We as a community are responsible for all the men and women who have been injured or killed in the line of duty, whether it was on the streets of NY or on the battlefields, they have made and are making sacrifices everyday in our name……..So what can your art do for them ? 

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