Your ideas are great and you will find that everyone involved will thoroughly enjoy the experience.
Please find following general info (Ive also sent this to lyle)
Please pass the word on the more the merrier.
If you are interested in setting up an event I will try to go through
steps I had to take. (please forgive me if they appear a little
but it would obviously be much easier to describe the process face to
as it were).
I will try to put it in sort of order (it can be quite a juggling act).
1). Contact martial arts groups (I have about 12 seperate arts who take
- I'll try to send a sample of the programme I designed to give you
2). Set provisional date to suit everyone (make sure it does not clash
for example a major sporting event or anything which would keep the
3). Contact a suitable venue, (make sure it has all necessary
legal/insurance cover - also check on your and the other participating
insurance requirements. (Public liability insurance is necessary in the
it has cost me approx $600/day in the past for to insure myself in case
audience has an accident - but the venue may have that cover. This
year I managed to directly involve the charity (Cancer Research UK)
organised it under their insurance which saved this expense and all
minus the venue hire costs went to the charity).
4). Publicity. Very important to give at least 6 weeks advanced
and don't be shy, its taken me 4 years to be pushy and contact the
TV,radio,newspapers, magazines etc even try to enlist the help/name/
reputation etc of any celebrities you can think of (they will enjoy the
publicity also). You can even use me and my 'challenge' to the martial
world to publicise the 'link' between between the martial arts 'family'
initially in america and the uk (If you know any contacts anywhere else
please pass this idea on, if we can get events like this all over the
can you imagine the potential for good)!!! Would CNN or another major
broadcaster be interested? they could contact the BBC in this country?
you imagine the potential. A worldwide martial arts challenge to bring
world a little hope.
This may sound a little like 'pie in the sky' thinking but?
5). Involve all members of the participating arts/clubs/groups. the
youngsters really enjoy these events and it boosts their confidence,
in their art/group, teamwork, respect/self respect and awareness of
activities to help others they can become involved with.
6). Sponsors. approach everyone you can think of! They can use the
for publicity (you can even hire out advertising).
7). On a serious note, watch out for hijackers - some people may get
involved for their own ends either to promote their own ego's/style/art
(which is ok if it is done properly - but?) or try to make finacial
out of the event etc. you can usualy see them coming!
Hope this is some initial use -have to go now -lunch over.
Please email me and I can try to answer any questions and send you
of posters/programs etc when I can get them converted into a compatible
format for you.