About K.O. Hunger

21st October 2008

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.”

- Martin Luther King Jr.

“If you can’t feed a hundred peo¬≠ple, then just feed one.”

- Mother Teresa

KOHunger.com is an effort to bring martial arts instructors, fighters, and coaches together to help end world hunger.

Our approach is simple:

1. We encourage and assist local martial arts instructors and coaches to organize food drives and to hold events in their own communities to raise awareness about world hunger. To accomplish this end, we provide martial arts instructors and coaches with information and tools for grass roots action in their communities.

2. We act as a spotlight to bring greater awareness to worldwide hunger relief organizations, with the intention of increasing support and donations to those organizations through the efforts of participating martial arts schools and gyms as well as through our efforts to bring awareness to the world hunger crisis globally via the internet and media.


Mike Massie, founder of KOHunger.com

Mike Massie, founder of KOHunger.com

About the Founder of K.O. Hunger:

Mike Massie knows from personal experience that hunger is a real and urgent problem, both in the U.S. and abroad.

“When I was a kid, my brothers and I would often live on the most meager of sustenance for days at a time. We were very poor by American standards, and for years my mom was too proud to accept government assistance.”

Massie tells about what it was like to go without food: “It seems surreal to think that people can actually go hungry in a place with as much wealth as the U.S., but it happens all the time and more than you think. I remember stealing vegetables from a neighbor’s garden and eating them raw. I remember eating moldy bread, because if you didn’t you wouldn’t eat at all. I remember how the hunger gnaws at you, and wondering about how I was going to eat for the day. It’s not something a kid should have to go through.”

A full-time martial arts instructor now, Massie credits his introduction to the martial arts as one of the turning points in his life. “Martial arts gave me my self-esteem and a sense of purpose, and helped keep me out of trouble. It provided a way out of poverty when I got older. I view the martial arts as a blessing from God that helped me through some tough times. I know plenty of other instructors who can say the same thing, and we just want to give back to our communities through helping other people who are in need.”

“I know one person can’t end world hunger,” says Massie. “But I also know that if even 100 martial arts schools and fight gyms mobilize their students and work toward a common goal, they’ll make an incredible impact that will ripple out globally. And it starts with just one martial arts student dropping a can of food in a collection box. Multiply that by 10,000 and you’ve made some real progress in knocking out hunger.”

How to Get Involved

If you’d like to get involved, individuals may search our Partner Listings to contact a partner school or organization in their area.

Martial arts schools and organizations that want to organize local food drives should fill out our Partner Application form. Once approved, you’ll receive an organization kit by email that will provide instructions on how to organize a food drive in your area.

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5 Comments »

  1. Thanks for doing such an awesome thing for the communities around the world. We’d be honored in helping you.

    Sincerely,
    Scott Buendia
    Certified:
    Jeet Kune Do Instructor under Paul Vunak
    Filipino Martial Arts Instructor under Paul Vunak
    Shamrock Submission Fighting Instructor under Frank Shamrock
    Personal Trainer
    http://www.realistictrainingworks.com

    Comment by Scott — October 22, 2008 @ 11:06 am

  2. Mike,

    This is one of the best things we can do as martial artists… which is to serve the communities we are in.

    Thanks for heading up this program and I am excited that my school will be a part of it.

    Master Jeff Barnes
    Community Martial Arts Evansville
    807 Washington Ave
    Evansville, In 47713
    812-437-KICK

    Community Martial Arts Mount Vernon
    325 Main Street
    Mount Vernon, IN 47620
    812-437-KICK

    Comment by Jeff Barnes — October 24, 2008 @ 10:58 am

  3. Our local Salvation Army gave me some startling numbers today. They said that last year they were serving 90 hot lunches a day for free to the community. Because of our current economic times, that number has skyrocketed to 240. This is such a valuable program that I think every martial arts school owner should participate.

    Jeff Barnes

    Comment by Jeff Barnes — November 4, 2008 @ 3:11 pm

  4. this is a wonderful project which shows that as martial art club we can also give back to the community in need.I would love to help how can I take part looking at how far I am,Botswana
    sensei Mogopodi

    Comment by K.Mogopodi — November 25, 2008 @ 11:45 pm

  5. We need more people like you. Keep up the good cause. Let K.O Hunger together!

    Lamy
    Martial Art Training

    Comment by Lamy Lam — July 23, 2009 @ 4:27 am

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