We’re raising funds to meet the critical financial need of the oldest university-based martial arts organization in the U.S. Even before COVID-19 closed the campus, the California wildfires forced UCMAP to curtail its annual events, including the UC Open Taekwondo Tournament, the Chinese Martial Arts Tournament, and the annual kids’ summer camp. The state-mandated shelter-in-place order issued in March 2020 halted all events and in-person classes.
A primarily volunteer-run organization, UCMAP continues to run at a significant deficit and is unable to meet basic operational costs. Without your support, UCMAP will struggle to return to full strength when we can safely return to training in person.
Dr. Ken Min founded UCMAP in 1969 to bring quality martial arts education to UC Berkeley. From one man’s passion, UCMAP has become a respected international institution—one that has created world champions and Olympic gold medalists.
But more importantly, UCMAP is a global family. More than 40,000 students have walked through its doors, forming lifelong friendships that cut across cultures. Together, through the teachings in Judo, Karate, Taekwondo, Taiji, Wushu, and Yongmudo, we've learned confidence, perseverance, and teamwork—and still cultivate these values long after we’ve left the training hall.
This is what martial arts is about: supporting one another to stand strong, together.
Give what you can to help UCMAP continue its mission for generations to come. We need to raise a total of $50,000 to help us weather the pandemic’s toll on our program and set us up for success when we return to in-person training. The money raised will not be used for staff salaries or for any particular martial art—all funds will be used for the survival of UCMAP. The UC Berkeley Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations are tax-deductible.
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How will these funds be used?
- PHASE 1: TO BE ANNOUNCED!
- PHASE 2: RESERVE FOR OTHER WORKING EQUIPMENT. As we return to in-person training, we will discover that additional equipment is needed to better ensure the safety of our students and staff.