Level Peaks helped raise more than £1700 for the CLD Trust (Counselling/Learning/Development) with two LPA staff members and their families taking part in the 100 Shaolin Stomp Challenge. The CLD Trust is a mental health and wellbeing charity based in Herefordshire. As an organisation, they aim to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people, children, and some adults through the provision of talking therapies, support, education, training and participation. A safe space is provided for young people to work with a qualified practitioner to overcome or manage their issues and difficulties to improve their lives and wellbeing.
The Shaolin Stomp is an ancient strength and conditioning exercise, it breaks down into full body explosive movements consisting of: 200 squats, 300 punches and 100 back-hand slaps. Unlike a normal stomp, it requires a period of maintained single leg squat position, adding to the challenge.
“It was exhausting. I’ve practised martial arts for many years, but it was surprisingly tough. It got easier as we each found our rhythm though. It was a really rewarding experience, I have friends who have struggled with mental health, some of whom still do, as these conditions can be a lifelong struggle to manage, so it was great to be able to support such a cause” – George Dixon, Project Support Administrator, Shaolin Stomp Participant.