MARTiAL YOU is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization formed in 2011 to promote and help provide access to the martial arts.
The mission of MARTiAL YOU is to promote and help make accessible the benefits of martial arts through programs that foster health, well-being, integrity and community responsibility.
We are also committed in the efforts of making the benefits of martial arts accessible to the broadest range of individuals as possible, regardless of economic standing.
The concept for MARTiAL YOU was brought to light in 2010 by Shawn Hill, after several years of volunteer work with various martial arts programs. It became clear that MARTiAL YOU was needed when participation in these programs was directly affected by income and simply the lack of awareness about martial arts. Each time a program cost went higher or a fee was added participation decreased. Witnessing the benefit of martial arts being removed from the lives of so many because of economic status spawned the need for an affordable center.
As of May 1st 2012 MARTiAL YOU has been granted tax exempt status under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The effective date was set to July 27, 2011.
Currently we are comprised of 9 board members, 1 executive director and several volunteers who are helping to make our organization the best it can be. MARTiAL YOU continues to increase its involvement in the community and promotes the benefits of martial arts through many efforts. For more on our community involvement check our Activities Page.
Past collaborations include the Bangor YMCA, Young's MMA and Eduardo Benjamin of Gracie Barra Jiu-Jitsu in order to help increase program awareness and student participation in martial arts.
Our organization remains committed to several goals including Project MARTiAL YOU, which is a goal to create a facility that will house multiple martial arts programs and fitness oriented classes for our local community. Efforts to make this project a reality continue and will not stop. For more information on this project and our funding needs please visit our Funding Section.