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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!
sabonim–a Korean term and title signifying a master level martial arts teacher/instructor Our theme for the coming spring and end of the school year is maintaining focus. We remind our students and parents that like everything we want to excel at, this takes practice. We play a game with our grade school students, a modified… Read More
It was a high energy class, the students enjoying the relays, kicks and punches, while showing respect to the instructors by listening and following directions the first time. But when we lined up to get a drink of water, multiple arguments broke out over who was where first. We sat back down and had a… Read More
Happy New Year to our Students, Parents and Families! The New Year is typically a time for resolution and setting goals, even though as martial artists we are taught to continually be resolute with the daily practice of goal setting. We would like to encourage and support all of our students and friends by helping everyone realize their goals. The multitude of self-help books and articles… Read More
The following call to be a GUARDIAN and Holiday Safety Tips are courtesy of Mr. Dave Young, the founder of the U.S. Fighting Systems Program. He has spent the past 25 years teaching military, police and corrections officers how to stay safe and defend themselves. For more information, sign up for his free safety tips here: Your… Read More
As Martial Artists we try our best to make good food choices. What we eat is part of our overall self defense! Today we are helping to celebrate National Healthy Lunch Day in support of National Diabetes Awareness Month. According to The American Diabetes Association: Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have… Read More
For the first time our City Youth Martial Arts Program students were invited to take part in a tournament! Tournaments are for everyone, beginners through Black Belts; children and adults. They are not about winning and losing, but about learning how to compete, deal with pressure and use self-discipline to achieve a goal. Participation builds patience, self control,… Read More
Family Safety Tips for Halloween Renowned safety authority, Dave Young, offers his top ten family safety tips for Halloween 2014! Dave Young is the president of Arma Training, US Fighting Systems and Your Family Defense. He has more than 30 years of combined civilian/military law enforcement training and experience. He is recognized as one of… Read More
We begin each class with some meditation time. Students sit cross legged, eyes closed for anywhere from 1 to 5 minutes. Deep breath in, deep breath out. Breathing in the positive, breathing out the negative. Doing the best we can to clear our minds of all the chatter. We meditate to help us focus. It… Read More
One of our summer themes has been safety. The following is a quick list of things we have been covering in classes. It’s always a good idea to review and practice.
We ask, “What do you want to be good at?” Basketball, spelling, dance, drawing, math facts, swimming, piano, and kicks are a handful of the answers received. And then we follow up, “How do you get better at something, anything you want to be good at?” PRACTICE! We keep improving by doing a little bit every day and then… Read More