Illinois Martial Arts School Holds Memorial Day Tournament For Wounded Veterans

A local Naperville, Illinois martial arts school just held it’s annual “Battle for the Troops” martial arts tournament as a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project. The school is Baekwoon Martial Arts in Naperville, Illinois and the man responsible is Jeremy Talbott. Due, mainly to the fact that he lost friends over in Iraq, Talbott wanted to start start something to put veterans first and to give back to those willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. He stressed the fact that people should use Memorial Day to reflect on the troops and those that we’ve lost in war rather than hang out and barbecue.
The tournament is open to all ranks and ages and includes sparring, forms as well as much more. Ten percent of the tournaments proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warriors Project. That’s not all as almost half of the entrance fees for the audience will go to Autism research as well. It’s not all about giving back though – Talbott insists that holding the tournament is crucial to teaching his students the tough life lesson of accepting defeat and loss sometimes and becoming better as a result.
Two of Talbott’s assistant instructors are in the Marine Reserves. This is no coincidence. Talbott says that as a kid training in martial arts, he always wanted a tougher type of instruction to push himself. So, when he finally started his very own school as an adult, that’s what he was going to do – push his students to be great. He figured the best way to do this was with a military type of instruction that he was helped put into place by his assistant instructors who obviously had a bunch of experience in that area.
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