MAWH was formed as a philanthropic, non-profit organization dedicated to collecting and donating funds for worthy charities, using the core message inherent in martial arts as its driving philosophy: to become a champion for justice and cause for good. 100% of donations go directly to a charity.
Its students are all part of United TaeKwonDo Academies, all of whom have raised money and helped support causes such as the March of Dimes, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Institute for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders, and COSAC. Please join us in our effort to change the world . . . one kick . . . one punch . . . one karate student at a time!
And remember, fundraising is fun!
Bryan Klein co-founded Martial Arts with Hearts in 2004 along with his commitment-minded friends, Nick Despotidis and Michael Crocco. Propelled by his own personal experience in 2000 when his wife's unborn son faced life-threatening complications, Klein decided to devote his time to other children in need on a regular basis.
Exciting fundraisers and annual charity events have become well-anticipated occurrences, enabling martial arts students and the community alike to enjoy a true sense of spirited accomplishments.
Dr. Nicholas Despotidis became a board member within the Martial Arts with Hearts not-for-profit organization in 2004. As a founding member, Dr. Despotidis has helped develop the mission statement, charity selection criteria, fiscal guidelines and fundraising events for Martial Arts with Hearts.
Dr. Despotidis is a practicing optometrist in Hamilton, New Jersey. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is Board Certified in vision therapy as a Fellow in the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
Dr. Despotidis has lectured to hundreds of parents throughout the state of New Jersey, on topics ranging from vision-related learning difficulties to non-surgical vision options for children.
Michael Crocco has been teaching martial arts in New Jersey since 1986, and has seen a lot of changes in the way people view martial arts. Everyone knows training will get you in great shape and give you the ability to defend yourself, but he subscribes to the belief that what has been forgotten is the reality that, traditionally, people who study martial arts are dedicated to helping others and the community as a whole.