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Martial arts for Muscular Dystrophy event planned for Saturday

Doug Elton says it's ironic that he's spent so many years developing his muscles through martial arts while his son, Douglas, diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at age six and confined to a wheelchair since 12, watches his own waste away.

"I'm his muscles now," Elton said.

Saturday, Elton will bring his two passions together at Martial Arts for Muscular Dystrophy presented by the World Kobudo Federation (WKF) and Elton's Fighting Systems and being held at the Bella Vista in St. John's. The event starts at 1 p.m. and proceeds will go towards Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

Doug Elton is staging a Martial Arts for Muscular Dystrophy fundraiser Saturday in St. John's. The event features demonstrations in a number of different martial arts disciplines. Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram

Doug Elton says it's ironic that he's spent so many years developing his muscles through martial arts while his son, Douglas, diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at age six and confined to a wheelchair since 12, watches his own waste away.

"I'm his muscles now," Elton said.

Saturday, Elton will bring his two passions together at Martial Arts for Muscular Dystrophy presented by the World Kobudo Federation (WKF) and Elton's Fighting Systems and being held at the Bella Vista in St. John's. The event starts at 1 p.m. and proceeds will go towards Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

The event will feature demonstrations in no less than eight martial arts disciplines including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Taekwondo, Kenpo, and some hybrid styles, all of which will be performed by local groups.

Elton staged a similar event last September where the audience, himself included, was "blown away" by the local talent.

"There are some people who have been studying for years and years and years and when you see them do it, it's as good as you'll see anywhere. We have some of the best talent in the country here in this province."

Getting that many different disciplines under one roof is no easy task. It's common knowledge that a certain amount of politics exists in martials arts circles. But any event with the World Kobudo Federation's name attached is, "like a salad bar of martial arts" according Elton.

The WKF's website describes the organization as, "a non-political martial arts organization available to all disciplines and styles, for large and small dojos whose primary purpose is to unite martial artists under one umbrella to raise the standards, quality and brotherhood for the overall advancement of Budo."

"Martial artists in this town don't always have an event that will bring them together in a friendly way," contends Elton. "I'm trying to draw people together for a common cause, a good cause."

The highlight of the event will be kickboxing seminars offered by former world middle-weight kickboxing champion, Jean-Yves Theriault. Also a representative of the WKF, Theriault will offer a kids and adult beginner/advanced seminar for a nominal fee.

The event also features a silent auction, social and dance following the martial arts demonstration.

koliver@thetelegram.com

Organizations: World Kobudo Federation, Bella Vista

Geographic location: St. John's

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