Felixstowe: Martial arts display raises charity funds

Ipswich and Felixstowe Aiki Jutsu Club demonstrate their skills at the Triangle, Felixstowe

Ipswich and Felixstowe Aiki Jutsu Club demonstrate their skills at the Triangle, Felixstowe - Credit: Archant

MEMBERS of a resort-based martial arts group have showcased their skills and techniques with an outdoor display in the town centre – and raised vital funds for a good cause in the process.

Ipswich and Felixstowe Aiki Jutsu Club members Will Burgess, Julian Davies, Wayne Miller, Trisha Cop

Ipswich and Felixstowe Aiki Jutsu Club members Will Burgess, Julian Davies, Wayne Miller, Trisha Cope,Aimee Fairburn, Angelo Ragucci, Scott Fairburn - Credit: Archant

The team from the Felixstowe Aiki Jutsu club, the Nakama Dojo, demonstrated an array of throws, wrist locks and how to escape through openings during the demonstration earlier this month.

The final amount raised from the event is not yet known but through sponsorship and a bucket collection, they hope to raise more than £800 for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Ian Bruce, the organiser of the event, said: “The display itself was really good.

“The public was brilliant – they seemed to really enjoy it.”

“We got an enthusiastic response from the public and we got a good response from people listening about the work that EACH does.”

The Nakama Dojo’s chief instructor, Angelo Ragucci, works for the charity, which provides care and support to children suffering from life-threatening conditions and their families.

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A representative from the charity was also on hand during the day to explain to more about what the charity does.

“I was very pleased with it and every penny counts,” Mr Bruce said.

“The awareness of EACH and the work that they do was paramount to what we were hoping to achieve.”

To find out more about EACH, and how you can support the cause, please visit each.org.uk