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MMA studio to host annual ALS fundraiser

Posted at 5:53 PM, Jul 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-08 17:53:45-04

Instructors at Pride Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Clarence are preparing to host its ninth annual Kick-A-Thon. The fundraiser teaches students how to break wooden boards through M.M.A. techniques and encourages them to put the skills to the test.

Proceeds will go to the ALS Association Upstate NY Chapter.

“I lost my mother in 2009 to Lou Gehrig's Disease. So, it's something that is close to my heart,” said the Academy Owner, Todd Patterson.

Patterson’s mom was 54-years-old when she died.

“Probably 10 years prior to her diagnosis, she had some issues with her hands. Her doctors always attributed it to carpal tunnel.”

Patterson’s mom was a black belt. So, he said this fundraiser is fitting.

“Typically, we only do 250 boards. So, breaking 5,000, this is really a huge goal. But, I know our students are up for the challenge,” Patterson explained. “Hopefully, I make my mom proud. But, with her love for the Martial Arts, I bet she'd be here breaking boards with us,” he added.

Click here for more information on the Kick-A-Thon.