Friday, August 17, 2007

Tae Kwon Do Master Set to Break Record in Support of Finding a Cure

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Master Mitch Ellis, owner of Dragon E’s Black Belt Academy in Westerville, Ohio, will attempt to set a new world record by breaking more than 3,014 wood boards in one hour. Ellis, a sixth degree black belt master in tae kwon do, has set a goal of breaking 10,000 boards in an hour, which is about 167 boards per minute. The attempt, which will be made at 6 p.m. on Aug. 18 at The Continent on Busch Boulevard in Columbus, is the centerpiece of an event called Breaking For the Record, Breaking For The Cure.

Breaking for the Record, Breaking for the Cure will also feature food and beverage sales, live music, martial arts demonstrations and performances by national cheer and dance championship teams. The public will have the opportunity to purchase T-shirts, breast cancer bracelets, participate in a raffle and a live auction of the commemorative belt worn by Master Ellis. In addition, the first and last boards broken by Master Ellis will be auctioned on eBay.

All proceeds from the event and the auction will benefit the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

Dragon E's Black Belt Academy was founded in 1998 by Master Elis and currently has more than 60 students enrolled. The focus is on discipline and self-control of each student while teaching respect and honor of others. Master Ellis has trained thousands of students and has promoted several hundred to the rank of black belt. Additionally, he currently holds the world records for 100 wood boards broken in 9.7 seconds and 480 boards in one minute, all to raise funds for cancer research.

The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at The James was founded by breast cancer survivor Stefanie Spielman and her husband, former All-Pro NFL linebacker Chris Spielman. They pledged to raise $1 million to be dedicated to breast cancer research at the Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State University. Since 1999, more than $3 million has been raised.

This event is a fun and positive way to raise funds and awareness for cancer research. Raising funds for this worthy cause is important to Master Ellis because several of his family members and friends have battled breast cancer. It's inspiring to see how passionate people can be for a cause when they have a personal connection to it. We wish Master Ellis the best of luck in breaking his record!

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