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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!
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
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