Self Defense class raises money for fellow teammate

PSF Legacy raises money for students in need
Published: Feb. 20, 2023 at 9:29 AM CST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

PEORIA (25 News Now) - Teaching self-defense comes easy for one Jui-jitsu coach but when one of his students needs him the most, he knew just the way to raise money for their family’s cancer treatments.

There’s more at PSF Legacy than just teaching women protection, the reason is more personal to head coach, Jared Gahm

When he learned his student’s wife is battling breast cancer, he decided to use his studio to hold a self-defense fundraiser for her.

“The day of the seminar, everything that is collected is going to them so there’s no doubt about who it goes to.” Says Gahm, “it’s going to a teammate’s family member who is struggling so that it will pay for their bills.”

He says his facility puts an emphasis on family and reaching back out to those who need it the most, “I’d rather take the money from the seminar and give it back to the local community. that’s part of being a good community member and helping the community grow.”

The students here like Sabina West and mother-daughter duo Kris and Taylor McClain say, they are doing more than helping out when needed they are also gaining valuable life skills.

“I never thought I would be doing something like this but I love it. It really helps boost confidence too and learning it together really helps.” Explains Kris McClain.

“A lot of people don’t have self-confidence within themselves. Jui-Jitsu teaches you and martial arts alone teaches you so much as far as your mind, your body, the way you think, your mindset your overall health,” says West.