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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 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!
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
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
We’ve had many inquiries about how to help so our team put together this idea of suggestions. Some are unique to our martial arts school. Some are super ideas for helping nonprofits anywhere. We welcome all volunteers! You don’t have to be a martial artist to want to make the world better. Invite your family,… Read More
We held our first summer camp this past week. On the final day, we worked on this short film. The students embraced the entire project. We came up with the script together. They found/created props. They worked out scene locations. They choreographed the fight scenes. (One of the students, looking at the raw footage, exclaimed… Read More
Every summer at our annual gala supporting our nonprofit martial arts program, an individual is given the Grand Master J.K. Lee Award for Ethics and Integrity. It is awarded to an individual of high character, committed to community service. The honoree for 2018 was Master Mark Kemp. Master Kemp was one of our first… Read More
We encourage our students to read all summer. We have a 40 book challenge with a special party in the fall. Our instructors are reading too! Below is a short list: Evicted: This is a heart wrenching story of poverty in Milwaukee. Nonfiction Pulitzer Prize winner but reads like a novel. It helps to illustrate… Read More
We are sharing a brief biography of Grand Master J.K. Lee, in honor of his upcoming morning visit to our school inside the Holton Youth & Family Center on Sunday, June 3 at 10:00 am. We welcome you to join us! Click here for more information: Morning with Grand Master Grand Master Jae Kyu Lee… Read More
We were super proud of all our students who participated in the Great Midwest Championship! Prior to the competition, we had a number of students who were worried they weren’t good enough or could never win. During our mat chats, we re-framed what ‘winning’ means. It’s not always a trophy. It is more often, challenging… Read More
Fridays at our location inside Holton Youth and Family Center are for families. We kick off our weekend with a special event, always free and open to the community. We celebrate holidays, open up the gym for games and basketball, and bring friends for pizza. It’s a wonderful to connect with other parents and meet new… Read More
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