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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! cropped-14993287_1517105201637920_7253677747286004250_n.jpgThe 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!

Tournament Lessons: Learning to Lose!

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

Back to School with Focus & Confidence!

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

Never Underestimate Your Opponent (and the importance of practice)

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

A New Challenge

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

An Everyday Spring Break

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

Why We Test

Students at many of our program sites recently underwent a belt promotion exam often referred to as TESTING. Testing is an important part of the martial arts process. The various types of martial arts all approach testing differently but in most cases rank is earned. In our program, testing is an opportunity to demonstrate what we’ve learned.… Read More

Learning Leadership

Being a leader takes practice, confidence, self control, respect for others, empathy, integrity, perseverance and indomitable spirit. In all our classes, students are given the opportunity to practice leadership skills. Higher ranks assist with lower ranks.  Older students can help with younger students. They take turns running stretches and different warm up drills. We practice… Read More

Giving Thanks!

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

Getting Ready for Tournament!

All of our students are working hard to prepare for the upcoming J.K. Lee Fall Tournament of Champions. In class, we talk about what judges look for during the competition. The biggest lesson reviewed is that we need to focus on the fundamentals and always PRACTICE!  We are often asked, “How can I help my child get ready?” Here… Read More