Anish Agnani
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One wave sets thousands in motion.

Our annual fundraiser supports scholarships, our Adapted Seido Karate program, and Violence Prevention outreach in the community.

We are no longer accepting donations on this campaign, but there are other ways for you to support us today!

$296 towards $200

Why Karate is important to me

By Anish Agnani

Spirit Challenge is a fundraiser that is held by Thousand Waves to keep it running. This is why you should make a donation to Thousand Waves. I think that karate is important because it teaches you how to defend yourself in most cases (bullying, getting picked on, harassment, etc.). Karate also teaches you how to control yourself: controlling anger, controlling thirst, etc. Using karate should not be your first choice, it should your fourth. Your first should be to think, then to yell, then to run, and then to fight. After that you should tell someone about it.

Karate is also good exercise, so if your local gym is closed, or it is not very good, come to Thousand Waves. Karate is not only good exercise, in my opinion, it is also fun!

Before I started Seido karate

I started Karate when I was five, but I was doing a different style of Karate: Shotokan. I only started Seido karate when I was nine. I changed styles because Thousand Waves is a non-profit organization, and because Seido karate has a program for people with disabilities and in general, it has broader training for the mind and body, and Shotokan did not.

In 2013, when I was still in Shotokan, I was living in new Delhi for two weeks, and my dad took a video of me while I was doing Heian Nidan (Pinan 2). See link for a video. I put this video up to show that I have been training for a long time!


Thousand Waves is a mission-driven not-for-profit in the city of Chicago that has been active in the community for over 32 years with a mission to foster fitness, healing, empowerment, and peacemaking.

Spirit Challenge Fundraiser supports Thousand Waves' work in three critical areas:

  • Scholarships, which provide funding for children and adults who wouldn't otherwise be able to study karate or self-defense.
  • Adapted Seido Karate (ASK), a partnership with Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago that provides karate for youth with disabilities.
  • Self-Defense/Violence Prevention, which provides Self-defense and Bystander Intervention workshops and courses all over the city.

Thousand Waves' name comes from the Japanese saying, "One wave sets thousands in motion." Just one donation will go a long way to helping me meet my goal for Thousand Waves. Thank you for your support!