By Claire Ottaviano
A MIDLAND judo academy is going pink to belt cancer.
Santos Judo Academy owner Dawn Santos created the pink martial arts belts to raise money and awareness of the National Breast Cancer Foundation with the campaign Go Pink to Belt Cancer.
“My mother had breast cancer, just over ten years ago,” she said.
“I was living in Sydney at the time and she went through it by herself.
“She’s fully recovered now but she always said the staff and nurses at the hospital were incredibly supportive and helped her through it.”
Ms Santos started to learn judo at the Midland PCYC about 35 years ago at the age of 11.
At the time she was one of only two girls in the club.
“Our judo club at the moment is 48 per cent female, which is really huge for the participation of girls in the sport,” she said.
“I loved judo because of the friendships and connections you make.
“The friendships you make are friendships for life, they’re my second family.”
After getting the support of the national foundation to produce the one of a kind belts, they gained attention from all around the country, and even internationally, with order requests from as far as Brazil and Canada.
On Saturday, October 16, the club is hosting a nationwide training session open to all Judo WA members with zoom sessions available around the country.
The belts are available to all martial arts disciplines including karate and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
The plain pink belts are for all grades with the black tipped belts used for Dan grades in Judo or BJJ athletes.
They can be purchased from www.dojoneeds.com/pink-belt with all profits going directly to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.