PITMAN, N.J., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- A New Jersey karate instructor said he will celebrate his 50th birthday by fighting 50 different people in a night to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Brian Digore, an instructor at Okinawa Kenpo Karate in Pitman and a former Marine, said he will fight 50 people for 90 seconds at a time in boxing and mixed martial arts matches to raise funds for the charity on his birthday, Feb. 11, KYW-TV, Philadelphia, reported Thursday.
"People are starting to say, 'What's wrong with you?'" Digore quipped. "'Are you feeling okay?'"
Robert Jakubowski, chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters, said he wasn't sure what to think of Digore's idea at first, but he is now fully on board.
"When we heard more about Brian and what he does, he's fighting for kids just like we are," Jakubowski said.
Tickets for the event will cost between $10 and $50, depending on where the buyer wants to sit and whether they'd like to spar with Digore.
"Anything's going to help us, because it costs us about $1,000 to $1,500 for every mentoring match," Jakubowski said.