1000 Kicks!

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

A short talk about us!

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

101 Ways to Help our Nonprofit Program

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

Grand Master J.K. Lee

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

Tournament Triumphs

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

Bringing Families Together!

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

Tournament Lessons: Learning to Lose!

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

Back to School with Focus & Confidence!

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

Never Underestimate Your Opponent (and the importance of practice)

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

A New Challenge

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