Luzerne County Karate Tournament Fundraiser

He’s a black belt with a big heart. A high school student from Luzerne County organizes a karate tournament to benefit a local family who has been roughed up.

DALLAS, Pa. — In her seven years of practicing karate, Allyson Moyer has learned more than how to break a board or perform a roundhouse kick. She also learned a lot of life lessons, many of them from her instructor John Filer.

“Her leadership is incredible for her age. Being 17 and doing what she’s been doing for the last five or six months,” Filer said.

What she did was organize a charity karate tournament from scratch. It’s part of his senior project at Lake Lehman Jr./Sr. High School, but Allyson has wanted to host her own tournament since she started training at High Energy Karate in Dallas Township when she was 10 years old.

“And then next year, next year, next year, ‘Don’t forget, next year I’m going to have my karate tournament,'” Filer recalled, telling his student.

This year, she is finally making that dream a reality.

But it’s not just an accomplishment for her; it is also a lifeline for a local family.

Rob Wilson was diagnosed with Guillain Barre syndrome in March. It’s a rare nervous disorder that left him paralyzed from the neck down overnight.

“They’ve had a tough few months,” Moyer said. “He’s currently in therapy to get better. He’s working, and that’s saying a lot.”

All money raised from registration fees and ticket sales will go to the Wilson family.

They have kids in the Lake Lehman School District, but Allyson didn’t even know the family well when she decided to dedicate her tournament to them.

“He was still in the hospital when we met. We were there for a good two or three hours talking,” Moyer said.

Moyer has since spent many nights at the Wilson home, getting to know them.

“They are great people, and they really deserve it.”

The tournament is this Sunday at Lake Lehman Jr/Sr. High school. Doors open at 8 a.m. and tournament starts at 9 a.m.

You can register at the door. All belts are welcome, from 4 years old. It’s $50 to enter and $10 to watch. There will also be raffle baskets and giveaways.

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Kristen T. Prall