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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!
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
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
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
All of November and December we work on having a thankful attitude. After every class we add a link to the thankfulness chain! We are always thankful for our students, families, volunteers and partners!
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