Martial arts day will raise cash for The Christie

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MARTIAL arts experts from across Wigan are coming together for a day of expert tuition and training to help beat cancer.

Brian Bentham, who runs Ryu Do Karate in Golborne, is organising the day of seminars in order to raise money for The Christie Hospital in Manchester, with several leading national and international figures doing the teaching.

The day will be held at Selwyn Jones Sports Centre in Newton-le-Willows in December.

Brian was inspired to help as several members of the martial arts community have died of cancer or are currently battling the disease.

Brian said: “It’s something that touches everybody’s lives at some point, and I wanted to use my contacts in martial arts to do something positive and raise money to help relieve people’s suffering.

“The opportunity for the seminar day came about when a student of mine made an introduction through Facebook to an instructor in Malaysia, who was coming over to England to visit friends, and wanted to do a training session.

“I decided to suggest the idea of a seminar and sending any money we might make to charity, and gradually the idea for the day took shape.”

Instructors and experts from a variety of martial arts will be coming together to share their skills, including Wiganer Steve Lowe, a fifth-grade dan in kissaki-kai karate and Ray Bates, a sixth-grade dan in ju jitsu.

There will also be kung fu tuition and ju jitsu teaching.

There is no entry fee, but everyone taking part will be asked to make a cash donation. To find out more email Brian Bentham at or ring 07736 741332.