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Roll-a-Thon at Prevail Martial Arts and Fitness Center in Amherst.




Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Charity Roll-A-Thon

When: Saturday, March 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Prevail Martial Arts and Fitness Center, 3 Howe Drive, Amherst
Cost: $10
Visit: prevailmartialarts.com




Rolling out
Prevail Martial Arts hosts charity event

03/02/17
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 If you’re new to martial arts, you can start with some basic instruction at the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Charity Roll-A-Thon.

The event is happening on Saturday, March 4, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Prevail Martial Arts and Fitness Center in Amherst and is open to the general public.
For a $10 fee, anyone is invited to the center for an open mat event, using all the equipment the center has to offer. Instructors at Prevail Martial Arts and other members of the martial arts community will be there to teach basic techniques to newcomers in the area of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
“Anyone can come down to spend the day practicing and training, even if someone has little to no experience at all and wants to come see what it’s all about,” Richard Hubbard, owner and head instructor at Prevail, said. “We will have some very experienced instructors here whose specific roles will be to get beginners on the mat and to show them some techniques, and they’ll also have the opportunity to roll around a little or do some pad work.”
There will also be a potluck with open tables of food set out for the duration of the day. Hubbard added that there will be meditation sessions offered in the upstairs space of Prevail.
“You can come and stay for a half hour, or you can stay for the whole day, or leave and come back,” he said. “We’re going to track every person who donates either online or at the door, and at the end of the day, Prevail will be contributing a dollar per every person who donates.”
The Roll-A-Thon serves as a fundraiser for the Chiari and Syringomyelia Foundation. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the organization, which advocates for research for and awareness of the disorders.
“One of my students actually has a chiari malformation, which is a pretty serious spinal malformation … and she was looking for something to turn her life around but was concerned that she wouldn’t be able to train,” Hubbard said. “She came to me and said she met some other people who were a part of the foundation. They wanted to do some type of fundraiser, and I thought it was a great idea.”
While the Roll-A-Thon is the first specific event of its kind held by Prevail, it is one of several annual events the center has hosted to benefit charity organizations. Other groups that have benefitted from the center’s fundraisers have included the Nashua Soup Kitchen, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, local animal shelters and more.
“We usually do at least two events like this every year and sort of have a rotating series of them,” Hubbard said. “I’m a very firm believer that martial arts are a vehicle for the development of an individual to be more productive and to play a larger role in the health of the community, so that’s why we do whatever we can to raise money.” 





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