Every year in December, in the spirit of special year-end training at dojos in Japan, Silicon Valley Shotokan Karate organizes a year-end punch-and-kick-a-thon. Dojo members collect pledges for charity donations and then do thousands of punches and kicks to earn the donations. It's a great chance to help people and get in some intense physical training during the holiday season.
The event began 16 years ago, in 2005, as a kick-a-thon (before that, we were doing punches, starting in 1998), with the goal to do 2006 repetitions of front-kick for the coming year 2006. In 2013 we added punches for the adults to raise the bar, doing 2014 reverse punches -- after completing 2014 kicks. Physically it's a lot, even for well conditioned athletes, so many dojo members begin training months in advance to build the strength and stamina they'll need. Everyone agrees they feel great when they finish. The kick-a-thon has also grown beyond the SVSK dojo, with other clubs around the world taking up the challenge, too. We are hoping that 2020 will be our biggest year yet. Other groups are encouraged to participate in our event or create their own.
In 2019, Silicon Valley Karate set new records for a charity kick-a-thon. Over 140,000 total repetitions for the dojo, 11,300 kicks in one week for an individual. For more, see here: https://www.svkarate.com/another-record-setting-kick-a-thon/