RANDOLPH TOWNSHIP — Elite TOMA Martial Arts in Randolph will host a 20th anniversary celebration and open house from 9:30 to noon on Saturday, Feb. 15. Five community leaders, including Randolph Fire Chief Mike Vanadia, Township Councilman Mark Forstenhausler, Randolph Middle School Principal Dr. Dennis Copeland, Shongum Elementary School third grade teacher Sarah Murray, and Randolph Firefighter Steve Fogel, will receive Elite TOMA's Community Leadership Awards during a ceremony at 11 a.m.
Elite TOMA has been a fixture in the Randolph community for 20 years and has been committed to creating black belt leaders. The martial arts academy focuses on developing students' leadership skills and moral character as much as their martial arts skills, explains Elite TOMA Chief Instructor, Grand Master Jae H. Jo of Randolph.
“Earning an Elite TOMA black belt requires more than memorizing martial arts curriculum and mastering techniques,” Jo said. “Students are required to develop and hone their leadership skills, give back to their community in a significant way and pursue the qualities of what we call a Black Belt Leader: modesty, courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit.”
The public is invited to attend the free event, which will include Bully Prevention for ages 5 to 12, and practical self defense skills for ages 13 and up, including adults, a potluck lunch and more.
The schedule is:
9:30 a.m.: Ages 3 to 5
10 to 11 a.m.: Bully Prevention seminar for ages 5 to 12
11 a.m.: Community Leadership Award Ceremony
11:15-noon: Practical self defense for ages 13 and up and adults
For more information, call 973-366-8770 or visit www.tomaworld.com.