New Jiu jitsu School for kids in Japan

Fundraising campaign by Sakura Okuhara
  • ¥704,000
    raised of ¥5,500,000.00 goal goal
12% Funded
6 Donors

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Hello, my name is Aika. I am 14 years old, born and raised in Hawaii. Now, I live in Sapporo, Japan with my brother and my parents.

I would like to ask for your help and support for starting a new Brazilian Jiu Jitsu academy for children here in Sapporo. I want to create a place where all kids can come and learn Jiu Jitsu. Where everyone can have fun, smile, laugh and learn new skills. An environment where kids can get emotional support from each other and from the true role models/leaders who care about each kids well-being. I want to create an environment full of positive energy to help the kids in Japan to motivate themselves to be healthy physically and mentally.

My brother and I were introduced to Jiu-Jitsu 5 years ago in Hawaii where we grew up. Jiu Jitsu kept us active, healthy and mentally stable during the pandemic. When we had to stay home and were not allowed to spend time with anyone, we were all going crazy. Luckily, we found out that our Jiu Jitsu teacher kept the gym open for us to practice. I could still see my friends at the gym and practice every week. We all felt like we were free there, free to smile, free to talk to each other, and simply free to enjoy our lives!

Moving to Japan during pandemic was very depressing for myself and my brother because we could not make any friends due to our schools being online, the kids here usually go to jyuku(after school academic programs) to study more. We looked for sports clubs, especially Jiu Jitsu and a lot of them were still closed. We found a Jiu-Jitsu school but the school had only few kids(thankfully, we made a couple of friends there!) I found out that the Jiu Jitsu population here is still very small and majority of the schools focus on adults so do not even provide kids class.


I feel that children here need more places they can go just to have fun and be active. Japanese is known for politeness and the kids are polite and well mannered too (not like my brother). However, I think there are just too many rules and us, kids are overwhelmed and stressed especially now, after the pandemic. We are all born with full of curiosities, motivation and possibilities. I want to help the kids in Japan by providing a place they can be kids. I have so many ideas to create places, programs and services to help the kids but I would like to start a Jiu Jitsu gym first. Please help me help other kids!

We do not have gym yet so we are practicing at the city owned Nakajima gym, but only when the space is available. To be able to create a consistency class schedule we have been searching for a good location for our academy

The funding will be used for:

A rental and deposit for a space that we can renovate into a gym;

Renovation cost and materials for the gym

Rental gis, belts and other supplies

Marketing costs, brochures/flyers. We are currently working on creating our website Instructors

Sponsorship and tournament fees. I want to welcome everyone so would like to provide some sponsorship fund for kid who cannot afford the tuition.


Thank you so much for your kindness and support, for making this world better place to live and providing brighter future for every kid to look forward to.

Please don’t be scared to donate because of the currency difference!! $1= Approx ¥130 simply add two zeros (00) to the amount you would like to donate in dollar ($) and that would be in Japanese yen(¥). ($10 donation will appear as ¥1300)

Love, Aika Okuhara-Hartle

Organizer

Donors

  • Anonymous Anonymous
  • Donated on Apr 11, 2023
¥667500.00
  • Marcus & Nolan Garg
  • Donated on Mar 27, 2023
  • Good luck starting your Jiujitsu School! So awesome!! Miss you all!

¥10000.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Mar 27, 2023
¥10000.00

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Donors & Comments

6 donors
  • Anonymous Anonymous
  • Donated on Apr 11, 2023
¥667500.00
  • Marcus & Nolan Garg
  • Donated on Mar 27, 2023
  • Good luck starting your Jiujitsu School! So awesome!! Miss you all!

¥10000.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Mar 27, 2023
¥10000.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Mar 26, 2023
¥1000.00
  • Hana & Kona Weaver
  • Donated on Mar 26, 2023
  • Go Aika! We are so proud of you. Cheering you from Las Vegas! Miss you guys!!! Xxx

¥10000.00
  • Judy Bobo
  • Donated on Mar 25, 2023
  • Supporting our beautiful grandchildren and their love for this sport!

¥5500.00

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¥704,000
raised of ¥5,500,000.00 goal
12% Funded
6 Donors

No more donations are being accepted at this time. Please contact the campaign owner if you would like to discuss further funding opportunities

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