Since 2015, Black Belt Karate Studio of Racine has partnered with several elementary schools to teach a four-week Karate Fundraiser after school, and the elementary school and PTA keep 100 percent of the proceeds.

Students participate in character development lessons, while also having fun, exercising and learning martial arts.

Programs are being held at Olympia Brown, Roosevelt, Racine Montessori and Westridge Elementary schools in September of 2017 have raised more than $4,000.

At the end of the course, each school will have their graduation ceremony at Black Belt Karate Studio, where they will show off their new “karate moves,” earn their white belt and graduation certificate and break their first karate board.

John Graden
John Graden

John Graden is widely credited with leading the martial arts school business into the modern age. He is the founder of the first successful professional association and trade journal. MA Success editor John Corcoran first called him a “visionary” in 1995. Martial Arts World magazine dubbed him, The Teacher of Teachers. Mr. Graden’s leadership was recognized in many mainstream media outlets including a cover story on the Wall Street Journal, documentaries on A&E Network, and as a guest on the Dr. Oz Show and many others.