At the start of the new year, we always revisit resolutions and goal setting. For 2018, we talked with our classes about choosing a word that they could focus on for the whole year. The project was open to interpretation – they only had to pick something that had meaning to them. The students had… Read More
The testing process helps us to focus our training and set achievable goals. Our tests are never perfect but they allow us to realize where we need to add effort. It shows our instructors where we might need help. At each level we learn something new but also return to what we learned before to… Read More
In all our classes over the holiday months we remind our students about the importance of being thankful. We worked on a ‘thankfulness chain’ to make us reflect on all the good we have in our lives. Keeping those positive things in mind help us when things aren’t going our way.
We ended the 2017 school year strong with belt promotions at all of our program locations and will return in the fall but what should we do over the summer? We have three suggestions, but you are welcome to create your own summer goal. Be sure to write it down and track your progress. *PRACTICE… Read More
All November we’re practicing the martial art tenet of COURTESY. Courtesy includes being respectful to our family members and teachers. It’s doing acts of kindness. It’s remembering our manners. It’s being safe and using self control when practicing our sparring. This month especially, we are talking about THANKFULNESS. During our mat chats we reflected on… Read More
Below is a copy of our Neighborhood Safety Tips. We review with our students but it’s always a good idea to review your family practices, even with older children. For the summer, we discussed some additional ideas: Stay hydrated! Check on neighbors and the elderly. Plan where to meet in an emergency. Double check and use safety… Read More
It’s time again for tournament so we are reviewing the 5 P’s: Prior preparation prevents poor performance! We are working hard in class on our forms and board breaking kicks. It’s obvious how the Five P’s apply to competition but in our mat chat we take it a step further. We apply it to our… Read More
For the first time our City Youth Martial Arts Program students were invited to take part in a tournament! Tournaments are for everyone, beginners through Black Belts; children and adults. They are not about winning and losing, but about learning how to compete, deal with pressure and use self-discipline to achieve a goal. Participation builds patience, self control,… Read More
One of our summer themes has been safety. The following is a quick list of things we have been covering in classes. It’s always a good idea to review and practice.