Save Staten Island Judo Jujitsu Dojo

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Ive dedicated most of my life to teaching martial arts.  I absolutely love having an impact on peoples lives.  Before covid, everything was going great.  Unfortunately I had to close our school in the middle of March 2020 because of the pandemic.  We have not been able to open due to covid and NYC covid restrictions placed on gym related activities. The school has been closed for 9 months and we don’t know when we will be allowed to open. We are currently significantly behind on bills totaling $58,000 in property taxes and mortgage payments and fees. Im not sure how much longer we will be closed but I desperately want to weather the storm and ensure our school will still be around once the dust settles  All of the proceeds of this GoFundMe will go to paying outstanding bills, making improvements per the requirements of the DOH, and/or keeping the community together in the event we have to move.

The SIJJ dojo has been a staple in the Staten Island community for the past 58 years.  Before covid we were one of the most thriving dojos on Staten Island, serving. 100+ members.  Our students benefit mentally as well as physically and training has become a vital part of their lives”  Its vital to some of our mental and physical well beings. We do all these great things for our community and our members:

-Monthly charity events for the disabled and less fortunate. 

-Special discounts for NYPD, FDNY, Military, Correction Officers etc.

-Free clinics/demonstrations for Coast Guard members at their base.

-Free women’s self defense seminars.

-Scholarships to low income students.

I want to thank my students for helping me put this GoFundMe together.  I would also like to thank my current members who have been supporting me and the school to date.  Without them, we would not have been able to make it this long.  I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

How can you help?
-Donate (No amount is too little)
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-If you have any Media or Political contacts, please share them so we can get our message out.

Will the dojo make it?

The truth is, I honesty don’t know.  The Dojo is a community of people, not just a place.  I will do everything in my power to keep our community together.

What if I am unable to donate?

It's ok.  Please share this Gofundme.  You might know someone who can.


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Joseph Cannizzo
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