The local non-government organisation presented the club boxing gloves, pads and bags last week.
Trainer Tita Teei said they were more than happy, adding “this gear will increase and improve our training classes.”
Teei has seen the benefit of martial arts. He has trained in Thailand for 10 years.
“It’s about teaching the kids to have better values, self-esteem and respect. I have seen some kids start off being so shy, and gradually they gain more confidence and help out teaching other kids too.
“Fighting in the ring is about testing your skills, there are a lot of styles out there… it’s good discipline.”
Kick boxing and martial arts trainer Torea Cowan, who is the grandson of well-known Cook Islands boxer Jack Cowan, wants to make the most of the new equipment and use them to instill disciple in the local teenagers.
“Instead of fighting in the street, come here and train, vent out your frustrations in the ring. It’s about discipline, not out on the street fighting,” Jack said.
“It’s about self-defense which is about teaching how to be a good person.”
Children from eight years and above are welcome to train with the group twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5.30pm.
Membership fees will be introduced at a later stage. The club is looking at $10 per month for adults and kids will continue to have free participation.
The grant provides assistance to three martial arts clubs to foster the growth of youth development programmes around Rarotonga.
On Tuesday the Jitsu group were presented with equipment at the Punanga Nui Market while Tupapa’s Shogun Dojo will receive their gear when the dojo re-opens at the end of February.