Tomizaki’s Champions Kung Fu Institute: A Model of Good Citizenship
Whenever possible, Diablo Gazette will put out a good faith effort to help recognize local businesses that are doing their very best to be a good citizen to our community; case in point, Tomizaki’s Champions Kung Fu Institute of Concord.
Tomizaki’s Champions Kung Fu Institute celebrated their 10-year Anniversary this past November. The evening included an amazing Lion Dance performance, songs by the Ladies First choir from Concord High School, and students from Tomizaki’s Champions wrote and performed a jazz ensemble dedicated to Master Tomizaki. It also involved raising funds to support the American Red Cross with a silent auction and a dessert auction at their Anniversary Gala held at Boundary Oaks in Walnut Creek. In addition, 20% of all sweatshirt sales in October went to the Red Cross as well as donations collected from students and parents. They received donations from families and local businesses including All-Star Nail, Mai Tai 2, Strictly to Go Pizza and Alpine Bakery. Altogether, they raised $3400.00
In 2007, on Master Tomizaki’s 40th birthday, he broke 40 boards and raised $1200 for the Bay Area Crisis Nursery. In 2011, Master Tomizaki did a Break-A-Thon and broke 99 boards and one brick raising over $3000 for the Red Cross – Japan Tsunami. In 2012, Master Tomizaki’s Over-the-Edge event raised over $2000 for the Special Olympics. And in 2015, the school did a Kick-A-Thon and raised $4200 for the Red Cross – Nepal.
Tomizaki’s Champions have donated over 1200 lbs. of food to the Food Bank over the years, and collected donations for STAND!, Bay Area Crisis Nursery, the Monument Crisis Center, and performed a Lion Dance for Meals on Wheels.
“I didn’t know, was how generous Master Tomizaki personally is,” said Stephanie Tomizaki, who joined the business after marrying Master Tomizaki. “I was searching thru folders, binders, books, etc. looking for old photos, I came upon years’ of certificates of thanks for contributions to the Wall of Tolerance in Montgomery, Alabama, the USO, UNICEF, Environmental Defense Fund, Father Flanagan’s Boys Home, Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland, Project HOPE, St. Joseph’s Indian School, Natural Resources Defense Council, Amnesty International, United States Olympic Committee Team USA, Special Olympics, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, and Doctors Without Borders.
If you get a chance, even if you or your family isn’t enrolled into Kung Fu, maybe you can drop a simple note or comment and say thanks for breaking good, Master Tomizaki.