AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - A karate expert is using his schools to raise money to kick back at cancer.
Brent Crisci runs United Martial Arts Academy.
He lost a student to breast cancer three years ago.
He's encouraging all his students to buy pink belts this month to fight breast cancer.
Traditionally, martial arts students begin with white belts and every time they level up in skill, they attain a new color belt.
To help kick cancer, Cresci says students at all levels are wearing pink belts instead.
They cost $25 and 48 people have already bought the belts.
All the money, he says, is going to the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition to help other Maine cancer victims with their treatment.
"I have female and male black belts alike and I was really impressed how the males got behind this," says Cresci, "Obviously some guys might feel a little less than macho, but our guys were the first ones to step up and order our belts."
Crisci hopes other martial arts schools across Maine and New Hampshire will follow his example and try selling the pink belts to help fight cancer.
His students will wear the belts this weekend at a tournament in New Hampshire to help spread the word.