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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!
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
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
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
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
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
All October we are helping to promote National Bully Prevention Awareness Month! In classes and at special events, our instructors are focusing on confidence building and verbal techniques proven to deescalate conflict. We explore opportunities to be an upstander rather than a bystander. We talk about how kindness is our best defense! Many students are engaging… Read More
This September, with the start of some new programs and the continuation of others, we are working on beginning the school year strong! We practice our focus with games and target drills. We don’t expect perfection but keep working to improve ourselves. When our attention does wander, we do our best to bring our minds… Read More
This August, at our annual fundraising event supporting our nonprofit programs, we celebrated our extraordinary volunteers and their commitment to building a stronger and kinder community. The 2016 Service Award was given to Mr. Gordon Merna for his exemplary commitment as a City Youth instructor and numerous other civic and youth programs, including Kids Kicking… Read More