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We are writing primarily to share insights with our students and families but believe that the information here can benefit everyone! The study and practice of any martial art are journeys of self-discovery. It moves us past kicks, blocks and punches. We are constantly seeking to improve ourselves and our communities. Our Grand Master often asks us to imagine what a wonderful world it would be, if everyone found their martial art. To better serve that goal and bring the numerous benefits of our programs to low income youth, we established City Youth Martial Arts.
Grand Master also reminds us that “A black belt is a white belt who never quit.” Your support of our efforts help to keep these programs active! Thank you for all your help!
As martial artists we are always looking for ways to give back to our training academy and to our community. As a nonprofit program we rely on help from others and have an appreciation for how much work it takes to bring people together, even for the greater good. All this month we’ve been focusing… Read More
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.
This was the third or fourth tournament for some of our students and they realized as they’ve gotten higher in rank, expectations have increased and all the competitors are better. We were super proud of all of our students for their good sportsmanship, win or lose! Tournament officials reported their super attitudes and support of… Read More
We are looking forward to coming back to our school programs this fall! We are excited to see our returning students and to welcome our new white belts! At the start of the year, we stress improving focus and building confidence. We need to return to our positive practice of paying attention and listening the… Read More
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
Everyone enjoyed a super time at tournament! We followed up in classes on all the lessons learned! (Listed here in random order.) Keep going if you make a mistake. Think about something other than how nervous you are. Never underestimate your opponent (especially when sparring). Be a good sport especially when you don’t win. PRACTICE!… Read More
For the first time, participants from our program will compete in sparring at tournament! Due to their commitment to a full school year martial arts program, as well as consistent good behavior at home and in their regular academic classes, some students have been invited to take on this additional challenge. They’ve stayed late and come to… Read More
We’ve been excited and a little distracted by our upcoming spring break. It’s hard to get settled and focus. Vacations from our routine serve an important purpose. They allow us to renew and rejuvenate. They help to improve our performance and clarity. They help us to prioritize and stay on task. In class, we’ve been… Read More