What is 26 Rounds?
26 Rounds is a grueling yet bonding experience in which participants fight 26 rounds of boxing, kickboxing, BJJ, wrestling or bag rounds. The premier event on March 26th, 2017 raised $4,600; well over the goal of $2,600. In 2018, five martial arts schools have committed to each raise $2,600 and Karen is focused on signing up more.
Watch the video below to see 26 Rounds in action!
Who does this benefit?
The Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California Coelho Epilepsy Youth Summer Camp, giving youth with epilepsy the opportunity to have a summer camp experience, something that might not otherwise be available to them. Kids have the opportunity to try a wide variety of activities in a safe, respectful environment, meeting other kids just like them, offering a sense of understanding and lasting friendship.
HOW TO JOIN:
Join as a Team (even if you’re a team of one)
Join as an Individual “Fundraiser”
Either way, be sure to have the minimum donation of $26 in your account. So after you make your Team or Fundraiser page, be sure to donate the minimum amount of $26. Share your page with others that would be likely to give to the campaign as well. Our goal for the event is to raise $2,500.
WHO CAN JOIN?
26 Rounds is for epilepsy fighters of all ages and abilities! There is an event for everyone:
WHAT ARE THE ROUNDS?
BAG FIGHTERS: Adults and Kids
30 second rounds on the bags. Great for FitClub students and their friends.
(30 seconds rest between rounds, 40 minutes total for this event)
FIGHTERS: Adults & Kids
2 minute rounds of kickboxing or BJJ sparring for Advanced & Black Belt PMA students.
(30 seconds rest between rounds, 90 minutes total for this event)
There is no requirement to complete each and every round. Participants can jump in and out as they please.
About Karen Valentine, founder of 26 Rounds
At age 2 Karen’s younger son Levi was diagnosed with Doose Syndrome, an intractable form of epilepsy. That’s when she found her whole family fighting an unfamiliar battle…one filled with fear and the unknown. During this time her family heard about the EFNC’s Camp Coehlo, a summer camp for kids living with epilepsy. As soon as he was old enough they signed him up. It was an absolutely life-changing week for Levi feeling independent, making friends, adventuring and having a rare “normal” childhood stay at camp. The transformative experience wasn’t just for him though. Karen & Mike and their older son got a week of quality time together without worrying about seizures. Knowing Levi was in the hands of the most qualified & caring people in the world was a feeling money could never buy.
In 2016, during a long emergency stay at UCSF, she felt compelled to get active in the epilepsy community. She wanted to create an event for the EFNC that was exciting and new. Seeing other amazing, challenging physical events that people had created to further their causes like The Color Run, Tap Cancer Out, Relay for Life and Brave the Bay, she recognized that people were inspired to participate not only because of the reason behind an event but because the event itself offered the participants a feeling of legitimate accomplishment. Since 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy in their lifetime she came up with the idea: “26 Rounds to Fight Epilepsy”.
26 Rounds is a grueling yet bonding experience in which participants fight 26 rounds of boxing, kickboxing, BJJ, wrestling or bag rounds. The premier event on March 26th, 2017 raised $4,600; well over the goal of $2,600. In 2018, five martial arts schools have committed to each raise $2,600 and Karen is focused on signing up more. David Meyer, 26 Rounds participant & World BJJ Champion said of the event, “I never realized how many people were living with epilepsy. This event helped me understand the need to fund research and services and someday find a cure.”
About Karen Valentine: A native of Marin County, Karen holds a 3rd degree Black Belt in Freestyle Mixed Martial Arts, and co-owns Practical Martial Arts in Corte Madera, with her husband Mike. She was awarded Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year 2017 by the Epilepsy Foundation of Norther California for her event. For more information about visit www.26rounds.org