Japan Earthquake Relief: Another way to contribute

Japan earthquake relief
Japan Earthquake Relief

Ryan Hurst has lived in Japan for 17 years. Andy Fossett, his business partner, has lived there 7 years.

Both have Japanese wives and families.

Ryan and Andy are also a top level fitness coaches. They are leaders of a group called Gold Medal Bodies.

They are stand-up guys and I personally vouch for their integrity.

Because of their close ties to Japan, Ryan and Andy wanted to do something to help out the victims of the March 11 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

Through Gold Medal Bodies they have organized a package by 12 fitness coaches and experts.

Brandon Jones (boxing coach), Bud Jeffries (grip master), Shane Heins (clubbell expert), and Gabrielle Reece (volleyball pro) are among the contributors.

Ryan himself contributed the Rings Body Blaster Challenge Circuit.

These 12 experts are donating their products to help the Japanese people.

100% of the funds raised through purchases goes to:

Direct Relief International
To assist with the immediate survival needs of people in Sendai and Fukushima.

Architecture for Humanity
To begin rebuilding community centers, schools, and homes in Miyagi Prefecture.

There is one catch.

The offer is only up through Wednesday, April 13 at midnight.

Go to Pump up Japan to contribute.

On that same page you can check out the bundle of fitness products you’ll get just for donating.

100% of the proceeds go to help the people hurt by the earthquake.

Pump up Japan

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News from Iwama Japan following the Earthquake

News from Iwama Japan following the earthquake

Video from Sendai Japan near the earthquake epicenter

Our hearts and prayers go out to ALL those affected by the March 11 Japan earthquake. Along with those still recovering in Chile, Haiti, and Christchurch.


Iwama township is located in Ibaraki prefecture, south of Sendai. Iwama is the home of the Aiki Shrine and Iwama (Ibaraki) Dojo, built by the founder, as well as the Tanrenkan Dojo of Hitohiro Saito.

Iwama is not on the coast, so it was not damaged by the tsunami. However it was damaged by the earthquake.

Stan Pranin, editor of Aikido Journal, provided this update:

“In checking various reports on the Internet, we have learned the following concerning the effects of the horrific earthquake of last week in Iwama. The Iwama Dojo built by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba has been badly damaged with the collapse of the roof and walls of the dojo. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported. Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba is scheduled to inspect the dojo next week to decide on a course of action.

“The home and dojo of Hitohiro Saito Sensei also suffered some damage, but the family are all safe. Hitohiro Sensei was in Florida when the earthquake struck and has not yet been able to return home.

“Our prayers go out to the Japanese people and our aikido friends who have suffered so greatly as a result of this terrible catastrophe.”

Source:  Aikido Journal

How to Contribute

Japanese Red Cross through Google Crisis Response


DojoEarthquakeRelief.org “If anyone would like to donate to help those dojo that were damaged by the recent earthquakes in Japan and NZ but you don’t know how to do it directly, we have set up Dojoearthquakerelief.org to help transmit funds. If you identify the dojo that you would like to benefit you can use Paypal to make a donation. “

Aviv Goldsmith