Helping to keep martial arts accessible to everyone, regardless of economic standing.
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit company working to promote martial arts and keep the practice accessible. An initiative has begun to create a community martial arts center in Bangor, Maine that will host multiple styles of martial arts and self-defense classes instructed by several volunteers.
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While we work hard to get this project completed make sure you check out the martial arts programs currently hosted by Elite Force Taekwondo Academy. Please check the EFTA website for the class schedule.
Reaching The Community Through Collaboration MARTiAL YOU is reaching the Bangor community by supporting a newly formed martial arts school called EFTA or Elite Force Taekwondo Academy. The organization was formed on May 16th 2014 by four Taekwondo black belts, Bruce Boyington, Jamie Smith, Ryan Keezer and yours truly Shawn Hill, who wanted to refresh the traditional style of martial arts training in taekwondo and increase the opportunities of those in the local community to succeed through the benefits of martial arts. Martial arts has a well-known reputation for being a great way to build character, increase confidence, learn respectful behavior and of course learn some pretty cool skills. Read More...
MARTiAL YOU Kicks Off 1 Month Campaign To Raise Funds For Martial Arts Pilot Program In Bangor, Maine - Official Press Release We are working right now to jump-start affordable programs in traditional martial arts in Bangor, Maine. We have an opportunity to start some programs at a location previously occupied by the Bangor YMCA. The building has been unused for several years but is now under new ownership and they are leasing out space to help offset the cost of having the building in use again. Read More...
On Sunday October 27th 2013 from 2pm to 7pm the 1st annual Pre-Halloween Family Bash will take place at the Bangor YMCA. The event was created by MARTiAL YOU in order to give back to the community and at the same time help showcase the martial arts programs offered through the Bangor YMCA which give both youth and adults an opportunity to learn new skills, stay fit and exercise their minds.
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08-19-2013 through 8-23-2013
This year MARTiAL YOU continued its collaborations with the Bangor YMCA to put on a one of a kind martial arts camp for youth ages 7 through 18. Shawn Hill a volunteer taekwondo instructor for the Bangor YMCA and the founder of MARTiAL YOU had suggested attempting a martial arts camp for several years and this year Annie Grant, Sports Director of the YMCA made the camp an official program offering. Shawn Hill then began the process of structuring and organizing the five day training program in order to introduce participants to some basics of martial arts.Read More...
On August 4th 2013 volunteers representing MARTiAL YOU stopped by the Bangor Texas Roadhouse to help out during the Homes For Our Troops Fundraising event organized by Brittny Mayo. From setting up flags, selling raffle tickets and directing bikers to parking spots our volunteers came out to show support for our veterans. Read More...
Before camp can take place many volunteers and staff members are working to prepare for Day 1. On August 3rd several volunteers from MARTiAL YOU, The Bangor YMCA and Kohl's came together in order to wash over 200 puzzle mats for use at the camp. A big thank you goes out to all those that helped us prepare for the upcoming martial arts camp! Read More...
Martial Arts Camp 2013 is almost here! This year we are teaming up with the Bangor YMCA, Young's MMA and Eduardo Benjamin of Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu to provide a 5 day camp designed to introduce youth ages 7-18 to martial arts and the benefits it provides.
The camp starts August 19th and runs through August 23rd and is from 9:00am to 2:00pm each day. We have a limited amount of enrollments available for this specially priced camp and we would like to see it full at the 45 person cap. There is also a 20 person minimum so if you are waiting till the last minute don't! If we do not have at least 20 kids signed up for the camp it will be canceled.
MARTiAL YOU has worked with the YMCA to reduce the fees to the following: $80.00 per child that is not a member of the YMCA and $50.00 per child that is a member of the YMCA. Check the camp details here.
On May 8th 2013, the generosity of one Massachusetts resident helped MARTiAL YOU stretch a small budget a long way. Pat Pepicelli, a Lowell Massachusetts business owner, donated almost 10,000 square feet of foam puzzle mats to MARTiAL YOU. Thank You to everyone who helped make this possible and thank you Pat for your fantastic donation! Read More...
It's official!, MARTiAL YOU has been awarded a $2,500 grant by the Interact Leaders Club. The mini-grant places us at over half way to our goal of the $5,000 needed to replace all the worn out and out dated equipment within the martial arts programs run through the Bangor YMCA. As of 4/18/2013 a total of $2,797 has been raised for this cause. On behalf of MARTiAL YOU and all the martial arts students and instructors, I would like to say THANK YOU!! to the Interact Leaders Club members for choosing us as a worthy recipient. Read More...
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Happy Holidays Everyone!
Here is something you may find somewhat fun. It's a video called "Enter The Santa" that was... once done. Some of our kids were challenged to spar. A prize of a HAT if they could go... so far. Place a foot upon Santa's Hat would get you one too. A Hat for your head not him or her, but YES!... only you! So watch and smile as the kids have some fun, kicking towards that HAT, so they too.... could have one.
On January 10th 2013, MARTiAL YOU is participating in a Chili's Give Back Night promotion to raise enough money to purchase updated equipment for our students. Currently about 90% of the training equipment in use by our students is between 8 and 12 years old and needs to be replaced.
On Sunday October 28th 2012 the Bangor YMCA and MARTiAL YOU collaborated in an effort to put on a Pre-Halloween celebration for the local community. The event was designed to give back to the community and help raise awareness of the programs offered through the YMCA.
On October 28th 2012 you will want to head on down to the Bangor YMCA between 5pm and 8pm to take part in the first annual Pre-Halloween Family Bash. This community event is collaboration between the YMCA and MARTiAL YOU non-profit organizations.
The event was brought about to give back to the community and help raise awareness of the great programs hosted by the YMCA, which incidentally include martial arts. As you well know MARTiAL YOU is all about martial arts and we are supporting these programs that benefit everyone involved.
The bash will be sponsored by several local area businesses and run by volunteers from both the YMCA and MARTiAL YOU. We are still looking for sponsors and volunteers to help out so if you have something to offer don't hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Shawn Hill at 207-745-7380.
Our Hoodie giveaway has ended and a lucky winner chosen. Congratulations Amanda Burke! Your name was picked, by way of random drawing, out of everyone who entered.
The cold is coming and you will be prepared to defend yourself against it!
MARTiAL YOU is giving away an awesome Hoodie to one lucky person August 20, 2012. Enter our HOODIE SWEEPSTAKES on facebook now to get your chance to win! You must become a fan to submit an entry. Sweepstakes ends at midnight EST August 19, 2012
There will be only one winner, IT COULD BE YOU!!
I would like to thank everyone who has been supporting Project MARTiAL YOU so far! The support in our direct circle has been great, but now we need more support from those around us to make this Project a real tangible thing that our community can use and be part of.
There are so many good causes out in the world that focus on recovering from disaster, misfortune, disease and abuse. Though we are not attempting to directly feed the hungry or cure a disease we are all about promoting health, wellness, self-improvement and community which can lead to great things for each individual and society as a whole.
I am calling on everyone who believes the structure of martial arts can make a difference and all of those who have been changed by martial arts and those who know someone who has been, to spread the word and help us make this project a reality. The potential is great, the benefits are greater and the outcome for thousands can be the greatest.
Thank You Shawn Hill (Founder)
Katy England of the MaineEdge was kind enough to stop by our humble studio and talk about Project MARTiAL YOU. The August 1st edition features her article on page 6. If you have not already found a MaineEdge paper and read the article Katy England wrote, you can see it online here: The MaineEdge: Project MARTiAL YOU
Thank you Katy
Check out our current flyers destined to be placed in stores around Bangor. Visit us on facebook and leave your comments!
In this video Shawn Hill explains what MARTiAL YOU needs in its current fundraising campaign. Help us keep martial arts accessible to everyone!
Sometimes we fall, other times we go the wrong way and occasionally we get kicked below the belt. With some hard work and perseverance we can accomplish great things. It's already there.... Unleash Your Potential!
Martial You Explained by founder Shawn Hill
Watch this video released to answer some basic questions about MARTiAL YOU and our goals.
MARTiAL YOU has been approved for exempt status under the 501c3 code. All donations, contributions and gifts are now eligible to be tax deductible. The next phase is begining for us. Stay tuned for more updates!
Project MARTiAL YOU T-Shirts are here! Click on over to our Online Store and grab one before they are gone. We have a limited supply of Mens, Ladies and Sleevless Mens in each size. All shirts are in black.
Our public Brochure is now available to view. This Tri-Fold Brochure has been created to raise awareness of our Project and help spark interest. You can see it here:
We are begining the marketing phase of our venture. While we wait on federal paperwork, it is my intention we market ourselves as much as possible to create awareness of this project. We are begining to design and check pricing on promotional items that are actually usefull for everyone. If you work for or own a company dealing with personalized or custom T-Shirts, Jackets, Water Bottles, Keychains, Uniforms, etc please get a hold of me!
Our bylaw adoption paperwork is complete and we are now filing for 501c3. Our accountant George Adams CPA MBA will be filing our form 1023 and completing the process. We are on our way!
It seems to be a long road for paperwork but our bylaw adoption papers are finally here and all board members need to sign off on it. I am in hopes that no more long delays are experienced with paperwork. Bare with us and we will be on our way soon!
We have recieved and are ready to vote on our 1st draft of company bylaws. All board members need to vote. Once this is done we will be turning in our federal paperwork.
Our Articles of Incorporation have been filed! Once incorporated we can begin generating revenues. Next we have a 4 Month wait for 501c3 status in order to become a charitable organization. At this point we will begin to apply for grants and start fundraising. This of course does not mean wait! All sorts of contributions can be made right now. Contact Shawn Hill for more details
The initial 4 Board members have been named and our articles of incorporation are on the way!
Our initial business plan has been created for board and contributor scrutiny. If you are interested in contributing through a donation please contact us for a copy.
Several MARTiAL YOU logos have been uploaded to our facebook Logo Gallery to be voted on. If you are a facebook user please head on over to the MARTiAL YOU page and choose the logo you like best.
Name Reservation Application Filed with Corporate Examining Section, Secretary of State for MARTiAL YOU - $5.00
Name Reservation Application Accepted and on file, the 120 Day count down to complete the 501c3 paperwork has begun!
To promote and help make accessible the benefits of martial arts through programs that foster health, well-being, integrity and community responsibility.
Definitions and Core Values
community responsibility (social responsibility)
What is MARTiAL YOU?
MARTiAL YOU is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was formed to fill the need for affordable and accessible martial arts programs. Our organization is dedicated to promoting...