Material for Fall 2018 {Discipline}

 Mr. Ben O’Brien (pictured right) competes at the ATA Fargo Tournament, August 2018.

Mr. Ben O’Brien (pictured right) competes at the ATA Fargo Tournament, August 2018.

Defining DISCIPLINE: To obey what is right.

This means to practice good habits. But, what are good habits?

Simply put: they are behaviors that make us better people.

This Fall 2018 session at Lakes Martial Arts we will be talking about DISCIPLINE.

It all begins with obedience. When we are children, we must obey our parents, teachers, and mentors. They are the ones responsible to show us the right path.

Later in life, we must learn to rely on our self-discipline. It’s when we no longer need to be told what to do, or how to do it. We need to be disciplined with self-control… controlling our emotions, rather than have them control us.

Examples include:

  • Punctuality. Being on time. Disciplined people are punctual and have the ability to use time to their advantage.

  • Goals. Disciplined people are driven by their goals.

  • Focus. Disciplined people focus on what is most important.

These are the topics we will be focusing on this session!

Material for this session (Click on bold to download PDF):

Board break requirement for testing: Reverse Hook Kick (intermediate and advanced students)

Mark your calendars, our next testing held at Pershing Park Recreation Center at 6pm on November 14, 2018.

*** PARENT SHEET may be downloaded here >>

Mr. Kern passes his 5th degree black belt test

Earlier this summer, Mr. Kern tested for his 5th degree black belt at the 2018 World Championships in Little Rock, AR. He had to wait weeks for the results and he is pleased to share the news: He passed!

Mr. Gonzalez also passed his test for his 4th degree black belt! Congrats, sir!

A few photos from the testing day:

 Mr Moore and Mr. Kern in the testing ring along with over 50 others (top). Chief Master Jager tested for the rank of 9th degree black belt (left) as did my training instructor Master Blomquist passed his test for 7th degree! What a great memory to share and sense of accomplishment to bring back to our students!

Mr Moore and Mr. Kern in the testing ring along with over 50 others (top). Chief Master Jager tested for the rank of 9th degree black belt (left) as did my training instructor Master Blomquist passed his test for 7th degree! What a great memory to share and sense of accomplishment to bring back to our students!

 Graduating from bars to stars!

Graduating from bars to stars!

Congrats to Summer 2018 testers

We shared wonderful energy with the community during our final testing of the "school year" at Lakes Martial Arts at the end of June. Two students successfully tested for their first degree black belt and another completed a 2nd degree midterm.

Have a wonderful summer! Classes begin again September 5, 2018. 

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 Mr. Lund and Mr. Marquardt passed their test for first degree black belt decided!

Mr. Lund and Mr. Marquardt passed their test for first degree black belt decided!

Mr. Kern prepares for 5th degree test

Last Friday evening, Mr. Kern completed his final requirement to test for his 5th degree black belt at Pursuit Martial Arts. Master Blomquist and Mr. Haynes hosted a fun-filled evening. Mr. Kern's instructor, Master Hauptman, was the VIP Guest of Honor and flew out from Colorado, bringing along several Paragon black belt instructors. Almost a dozen black belts filled the room with energy during this regional black belt midterm testing. What a great experience!

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Looking forward to Little Rock in July to also watch Master Blomquist test for 7th degree and Chief Master Jager test for 9th degree! 

Material for Summer 2018 {COMMUNICATION}

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"Communication is the bridge between me and the world," we've been reciting each class this session. This session we'll be talking about the importance of communication. 

As Lee Iacocca once said, "You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can't get them across, your ideas won't get you anywhere." This wisdom comes from the man instrumental in the introduction of the Ford Mustang!

What are keys to effective communication? How can we communicate through our body language. How might we demonstrate respect in good communication? These are among the topics Tiny Tigers and Karate Kids (and adults) will be honing this session in class and at home and school.

Here is the material for this session (Click on bold to download PDF):

Beginner Students >> Sohngham 1. Tiny Tigers do first half of form (moves 1-9) and one-step #1.

Intermediate and Advanced Students >> Sohngham 4.

Mark your calendars for our next testing held at Pershing Park Recreation Center at 6pm on June 27, 2018.

Join our 2018 Summer Camp

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Lakes Martial Arts in Minneapolis is proud to host a summer day camp for kids ages 5 - 12. The camp will be held at the Pershing Recreation Center 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m on August 20 - 24, 2018.

The week will be action-packed fun for kids mixed with creative weapons, forms, sparring, friends, board breaks, movies, and more! Includes T-shirt, testing fee, and color belt rank promotion opportunity. Participants do not have to be enrolled in a Lakes Martial Arts program. Train and learn from high rank instructors at this unique experience now offered for the first time!

CLICK HERE TO ENROLL >> 

Congrats to Spring 2018 testers

Another SUPER FANTASTIC testing at Lakes Martial Arts this week. We hosted VIP Guests Mr. Haynes and Mrs. Reinhardt as over 50 students demonstration excellence on the mat while testing for their next rank! This evening was very special for Ms. Annika Knudsen who earned her rank of 1st degree black belt decided and Mr. Beckett Nielsen who earned his 2nd degree black belt. Congrats students on your hard work and parents for your support!

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These images were sent to me by Ms. Knudsen's parents of her progression from a Tiny Tiger (see below, white belt smiling!) to her graceful, high kicks on the evening of her black belt testing. Check out her running jump side-kick over an obstacle: Mr. Gonzalez!

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Photos from Twin Cities Tournament

Last Saturday Lakes Martial Arts enjoyed our largest participation in a regional tournament! There were lots of smiles, medals, and signed belts from Grandmaster M.K. Lee. Students that participated in the tournament also were able to check off one of the nine requirements towards a black belt! 

Special thanks to the parents for sharing their photos (Alice's Mom and Jayden's Dad especially).

There was lots of TOUGH competition - a state champs, district champs, and higher-ranked competitors. I was proud of the black belt attitude demonstrated by the Lakes Martial Arts students! And perhaps next year we will participate in more events including weapons sparring and creative forms!

Mr. Kern enjoyed his tournament competition ring as well... a combined ring of many various ages and experiences of 4th and 5th degrees!

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Material for Spring 2018 {Excellence}

 Mr. Haynes (pictured) led a sparring clinic at Iowa Camp recently with Mr. Kern, Mr. Just (pictured, middle), and Mr. Gonzalez. All returned from camp with new training tips to share!  

Mr. Haynes (pictured) led a sparring clinic at Iowa Camp recently with Mr. Kern, Mr. Just (pictured, middle), and Mr. Gonzalez. All returned from camp with new training tips to share!  

This session we will be focusing on excellence and in preparation for the upcoming Twin Cities tournament held on March 24, 2018 at Shakopee High School. 

1. Register for the tournament here >>  All details may be found on ATA's website.

2. Material for this session. We will be reviewing the some of the same material we presented last session, only focusing on quality of technique (starting position and ending position), focus, and excellence in demonstrating a positive attitude. 

Tiny Tigers

Karate Kids & Adults

3. TABATA TEST

The structure of the program is simple:

    • Work hard for 20 seconds
    • Rest for 10 seconds
    • Complete 8 rounds (record lowest score from each round). Tiny tigers train only 4 rounds.

Push yourself as hard as you can for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds. This is one set. You'll complete eight sets of each exercise. 

  • Alternating front kicks, belt level target (4 minutes)
  • Rest 1 min
  • Clapping jumping jacks, hands must clap above head and then legs (4 minutes)
  • Rest 1 min
  • Alternating lunges (4 minutes)

Start with Front kicks. Perform them for 20 seconds at a high-intensity. Rest for 10 seconds, then go back to doing front kicks for 20 seconds. Once you complete eight sets of front kicks, rest for one minute. Write down the number of your lowest score.

Next, move on to clapping jumping jacks and repeat the sequence of 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off. Once you finish eight sets of jumping jacks, rest for one minute, and then finish the workout with alternating lunges squats. 

Score will be combined LOWEST score from each of the three movements.

DOWNLOAD A REALLY COOL SPREADSHEET MR. JUST CREATED FOR TABATA HERE >> 

4. SUMMER CAMP. Mark your calendars for the very first summer camp offered by Lakes Martial Arts!

Dates & time: August 20 - 24 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m at the Pershing Recreation Center in Minneapolis. 

Check back here soon for registration link.

5. TESTING

Testing April 18, 2018 at the Pershing Recreation Center at 6:00 p.m. ALL STUDENTS WILL TEST AT THIS TIME.

 

Super Fantastic Winter 2018 Testing!

Congrats to Winter 2018 students for a super fantastic testing!

We welcome special guest Mr. Hogen-Chin and watched black belts rank 1-4 complete their forms in front of the group. We had two Tiny Tigers graduate to Karate Kids, and three new sparring students as well as leadership students. It's been a while since we had a combined testing and I will say I really loved it! 

See you back on the mat on Feb 14. It's the first time we've had class on Valentine's Day, but parents I promise it will be special!

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Minneapolis kids helps prevent bullying!

 OVER 175 STUDENTS HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE BULLY PREVENTION SEMINARS AT LAKES MARTIAL ARTS SINCE APRIL 2015 PLUS OVER 500 KIDS THROUGH THE MINNEAPOLIS SAFETY CAMP HELD EACH SUMMER. JOIN US TO PUT AN END TO BULLYING!

OVER 175 STUDENTS HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE BULLY PREVENTION SEMINARS AT LAKES MARTIAL ARTS SINCE APRIL 2015 PLUS OVER 500 KIDS THROUGH THE MINNEAPOLIS SAFETY CAMP HELD EACH SUMMER. JOIN US TO PUT AN END TO BULLYING!

Congrats to the 9 student participants who completed the FREE Agent G Bully Prevention seminar on Saturday, January 27, 2018. And special thanks to the two adult volunteers (Mr. Chris Just and Mr. Mike Nielsen) and sponsors including the Fulton Community Association grant, the Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board, and Lakes Martial Arts. Each participant received their own "Agent G" kit after completion of the 2-hour seminar which also included a board break confidence drill.

I enjoy investing in time and energy into our community to make a difference when it comes to bully prevention. Why do I invest like this? Because it is important!  I share my story in detail here>>

We are looking for a second round of donors to help continue these Bully Prevention Seminars for the future (this is a donation program). If you would like to contribute and support more students for future classes, click here >> 

Material for Winter 2018 {Respect}

 Mr. Kern has chosen to focus on two words for 2018: "humor" and "patience." Two items sit on his desk as reminders

Mr. Kern has chosen to focus on two words for 2018: "humor" and "patience." Two items sit on his desk as reminders

Happy 2018!

Lots packed into this blog post!

1. NEW YEARS WORDS.

Instead of setting "New Year's Resolutions," respect yourself and think up one or two words to focus on for the year. Try it and you may surprise yourself.

2. RESPECT. Parent Sheet can be downloaded here >> 

3. BULLY PREVENTION SEMINAR

Bully Prevention Seminar held Saturday, January 27 from noon - 2pm at Pershing Rec Center. Free. Ages 6 - 13 (or with instructors permission).

4. MATERIAL FOR THIS SESSION

Tiny Tigers

Karate Kids & Adults

5. TABATA TEST

The structure of the program is simple:

    • Work hard for 20 seconds
    • Rest for 10 seconds
    • Complete 8 rounds (record lowest score from each round)

Push yourself as hard as you can for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds. This is one set. You'll complete eight sets of each exercise. 

  • Push-ups, chest to ground (4 minutes)
  • Rest 1 min
  • Butterfly sit-ups, hands must touch toes then floor behind head (4 minutes)
  • Rest 1 min
  • Air Squats (4 minutes)

Start with push-ups. Perform them for 20 seconds at a high-intensity. Rest for 10 seconds, then go back to doing push-ups for 20 seconds. Once you complete eight sets of push-ups, rest for one minute. Write down the number of your lowest score.

Next, move on to butterfly sit-ups and repeat the sequence of 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off. Once you finish eight sets of sit-ups, rest for one minute, and then finish the workout with air squats. 

Score will be combined LOWEST score from each of the three movements.

DOWNLOAD A REALLY COOL SPREADSHEET MR. JUST CREATED FOR TABATA HERE >> 

6. TESTING

Testing Feb 7, 2018 at Pershing Rec Center at 6:00 p.m. ALL STUDENTS WILL TEST AT THIS TIME.

Congrats to Fall 2017 students for successful testing!

Congratulations to Lakes Martial Arts students who successfully completed their testing on November 15 at Pershing Rec Center in Minneapolis. Special thanks to the efforts of the judging panel comprised of the Leadership Team including Mr. Gonzalez, Mrs. Reinhardt, Mr. Kamrow, and Mr. Nielsen. Four students earned their sparring gear and one Tiny Tiger graduated to the Karate Kid class next session! I'm super proud of your hard work and demonstration of excellence and courage both on and off the mat!

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