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Bright Road Martial Arts

Mid-Hudson Valley Camp

Academia de la Costa

A longtime Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practicioner and blackbelt under Babs Olusanmokun, David Belafonte has a deep connection to the martial arts and is developing the Bright Road Scholarship program to create access for at-risk youth to train and benefit from the positive impacts of a good martial arts curriculum.

Over 25 plus years David has developed a number of long standing relationships with accredited instructors in various disciplines ranging from Capoeira and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to Muay Thai and other traditional striking arts. 

As part of the Bright Road Martial Arts pilot program, these top shelf instructors have agreed to partner with BFF to develop the curriculum and related elements of recruitment and mentorship.

Sidecar to the obvious physical benefits of training under the right auspices are the significant mental and psychological benefits. The patience and attention required to learn and subsequently master martial arts techniques in all disciplines can take students years to master. But once learned, they feel accomplished and empowered fostering good self-esteem and a high level of confidence.

Students will learn some of their greatest and most important life lessons that will help give them direction and purpose, whether in an office, at home, or in a class room, having a significant impact on their daily life.

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Bright Road, a 1953 low-budget film, is the first feature film appearance by Harry Belafonte, who co-stars as the principal of a school. Featuring a nearly all-black cast, the film stars Dorothy Dandridge as an idealistic first-year elementary school teacher trying to reach out to a problem student, and ultimately succeeds. It is in the spirit of this film showcasing the positive results that come from investing in our at-risk-youth, that we have adopted the “Bright Road” moniker.

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