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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 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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!

 

How Martial Arts Benefits the Youth

With so many options for extra curricular activities today for children ranging from ballet, to instruments and more, many may ask what the appeal of Martial Arts has. In an article posted by LiveStrong, they delve into the idea of what your child can gain from Martial Arts! Most importantly discipline, structure, and communication skills.… Read More

Learning to help others!

Every year the J.K. Lee Black Belt Academies join together to support childhood cancer research. It’s a lesson in community service, empathy and understanding. Plus we get to work on our best breaking techniques! This year we helped celebrate the 25th anniversary of the event and broke the million dollar mark for total raised since… Read More

Community Partnerships

Our mission is provide all youth and families an opportunity to become a martial artist! We are so happy to be able to work with so many schools, continuing learning centers and community organizations that are helping to improve our city! We are thankful to our donors, sponsors and volunteers who make the work possible!… Read More

Never Ending Improvement

Every time we promote to the next rank, we learn about what we need to do to get better. Belt tests help us set short and long term goals. They remind us of the importance of practice. The new year is always a super time to reflect on our goals! In class we talk about… Read More

1000 Kicks!

At a program on Thursday, I challenged the class (and myself) to do 1000 kicks. We talked about having strong fundamentals for tournament. We talked about Bruce Lee’s quote “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” We did some math (how many kicks… Read More

A short talk about us!

We were super proud to be invited to talk about our program on Dr. Peder Piering’s Ignite Your Life weekly podcast. “Ignite Your Life is a podcast from Sport Psychologist Dr. Peder Piering. Each episode is dedicated to making the intangibles of personal and performance excellence tangible. By interviewing athletes Dr. Piering will delve into… Read More