Leederville’s Combat Arts Institute of Australia to host 100 Fights 100 Minutes fundraiser


Noah Greenstone, Ron Amram, Caroline Rudnicka and Jozsef Balczer. Picture: Will Russell d481219
Noah Greenstone, Ron Amram, Caroline Rudnicka and Jozsef Balczer. Picture: Will Russell d481219

JOZSEF Balczer has turned his passion for self-defence into a way to raise money for diabetes research.

Inspired by his wife Caroline Rudnicka, who has type 1 diabetes, Mr Balczer is seeking sponsorship to take part in fight marathon ‘100 Fights 100 Minutes’ for the first time.

The marathon will take place in Leederville at Combat Arts Institute of Australia and involves competitors testing their endurance in 100 friendly rounds of sparring at one minute long each.

Funds are raised by sponsoring each fighter for each round they are able to fight.

Mr Balczer said he wanted to fight for a good cause.

“I have been training for about two years and got into it to learn self defence,” he said.

“I wasn’t involved in the marathon last time because I was a beginner then so it wasn’t on the radar but I think I am ready for it now.”

Noah Greenstone, Ron Amram, Caroline Rudnicka and Jozsef Balczer. Picture: Will Russell d481219

Ms Rudnicka, who is pregnant with the couple’s first child, was diagnosed when she was five years old.

“Because I was diagnosed at a young age, it’s all I’ve ever known,” she said.

“I know it had a huge impact on my parents because they could remember life pre-diabetes.

“That was the days before the internet so they had never heard of diabetes before, so for them it was more of a shock.”

She said she had a couple of emergencies throughout her life.

“My pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin, which converts the food you eat into energy, so I have to inject it every time I eat, which means constantly monitoring my glucose levels and make sure I carb count and eat the right foods,” she said.

“I’ve had two major (emergencies); one when I was quite young and just starting Year 1 and another about 10 years ago,” she said.

“But you learn from it, work out where you went wrong and try to prevent it in the future.”

The event kicks off at 5.30pm on Saturday, April 28.

To sponsor a player, go to www.caia.com.au.

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