Black Belt Kid & Level 1K Chess Player Leads Camp to Benefit Charity

August 3, 2017



July 31, 2017 – Cary, North Carolina

Avi Pandey is keeping himself very busy this summer. The 12-year-old trains hard in martial arts already having earned a 3rd Degree Black Belt, and is a fine chess player with a USCF (United States Chess Federation) of 1000.


But what does chess have to do with martial arts?


Being a Black Belt at Johnson’s Martial Arts, Avi is encouraged to lead community service projects to benefit causes that he is passionate about. So, Avi created a project that combines his love of chess with his desire to help the less fortunate.



Avi decided to hold a chess camp to benefit SEWA International, a non-profit organization that does volunteer projects in South Asia, including helping under privileged children.

The week-long chess camp held at Johnson’s Martial Arts of Cary was a big success raising $120 with 16 students.


More importantly, some of the kids had never played chess before, but now have a healthy new-found passion. Avi also learned some invaluable life lessons through the planning and executing of his project saying, “I worked hard to prepare for my lessons…­I learned that the preparation is key to successful execution of plans. I also learned how hard it is to teach. I had never formally taught a chess class before.”





Interested in learning more about Avi’s Cause?

SEWA’s website is listed below as well as another upcoming charity event that Avi is participating in.


What - Charity Volleyball Tournament

Where - North Cary Park, 1100 Norwell Blvd Cary, NC

When - Aug 26th and 27th

Registration -

Website -




Johnson’s Martial Arts



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