We reflected in class this week on what we learned at tournament. We discussed patience, fairness and the importance of practice. It was summed up perfectly by a five year old who was at his second competition. He had been disappointed not to earn a trophy his first time. He worked hard on his focus.Continue reading ““Perseverance – You just keep trying!””
Save the date! Friday, October 25 will be our annual Haunted Gym and Halloween Party! Be ready for some family friendly tricks and treats! Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Send us a message if you’d like to help!
At the start of every school year, we talk about going back with FOCUS AND CONFIDENCE. We practice our focus with games and target drills. We don’t expect perfection but keep working to improve ourselves. When our attention does wander, we do our best to bring our minds back to the present moment. We repeatContinue reading “Starting School Strong!”
At our recent Gala supporting our nonprofit mission to make sure martial arts are available to all youth, one of our students took center stage: See the video here: https://videos.files.wordpress.com/aAaO1MpN/68745782_2880013532015540_1957387744847372770_n_hd.mp4 Thank you to everyone for your support!
Our demonstration team is growing! On Father’s Day, four of our demo team members performed at our first ever demonstration. They did a form, showed off some kicks, and broke some boards. Also, they encouraged other children to try to break a board themselves. We are excite to do more and see them grow asContinue reading “CYMAP Demo Team!”
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 aboutContinue reading “Never Ending Improvement”
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 kicksContinue reading “1000 Kicks!”
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 LeeContinue reading “Grand Master J.K. Lee”
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, challengingContinue reading “Tournament Triumphs”
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 ofContinue reading “Tournament Lessons: Learning to Lose!”