GOTMA (Gaining Opportunity Through Martial Arts) is a 501(c)3.
Our purpose is to unlock the potential of all children, regardless of background or limitations, through the discipline of martial arts. GOTMA gives underprivileged, special needs and other participants the opportunity to train in martial arts, to participate in social events related to martial arts and opportunities to compete in tournaments. Our efforts will foster a stronger sense of community and will promote values of national and international safety and peace. GOTMA also supports the same anti-bullying message from local school districts, and supports those who reinforce this message by actively engaging children n a positive environment while instilling the discipline and other “black belt” principles. The principles include self-discipline, courtesy, respect, modesty, integrity and self-control GOTMA believes these principles can help any young person become a responsible citizen. Finally, GOTMA provides scholarships for martial arts training for underprivileged, hardship and special need cases.
GOTMA affiliated schools are the service providers for students. GOTMA affiliated schools are independently owned and operated, but have met the high standards of educational method and have had background screening to ensure the highest level of martial arts instruction for students.
Both students and service providers apply for participation under the GOTMA umbrella. The application process ensures that the students are truly in need of the financial support that GOTMA offers. The application process for the service providers allows GOTMA to recommend options to families in different geographic areas.
Although many of our service providers already offer scholarships (i.e. when a parent loses their job), GOTMA’s aim is to increase the number of scholarships available. Martial arts training facilities are often limited in their ability to accept more challenged or impaired students, whether due to staffing or other constraints. GOTMA is dedicated to bringing quality martial arts training to as many special and needy children as possible by helping providing scholarships.
Focused students are less likely to get in trouble than those with less direction and too much unstructured time on their hands. Martial arts combines art with athleticism, thereby developing the body, mind and spirit of participants. Martial arts allow everyone to play. “Game day action” is not reserved for the most gifted, and since there is no season for martial arts, it can help keep practitioners focused on their goals year-round.
Martial Arts has long been credited for building self confidence and self esteem in our young people. Youth with these attributes are less likely be become victims or bullies. GOTMA supports Bully Awareness programs.