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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Stay Courageous!

 PhotographS by  Molly Just.

PhotographS by  Molly Just.

Congrats to Tiny Tiger "Ben" for demonstrated courage to participate in the Souix Falls ATA Tournament this session! Doing your best is not easy for everyone, especially in front of a crowd!

Parents sheets are available for the Fall 2018 session as were handed out that last. If you missed out, HERE IS THE LINK TO DOWNLOAD.

Over the three weeks working on the parent sheet, these are the important topics and questions to ask your student:

What is courage?

  • Doing the right thing, even when someone isn’t looking
  • Courage is “Feeling fear, yet choosing to act!”
  • Persevering in the face of adversity. Expanding your horizons. Trying new things.

What does courage look like?

  • Raise your hand confidently when others in your class are too scared.
  • Courageous people demonstrate confidence and a positive mental attitude.
  • Courageous people standup to a bully and say, “I am smart and leave me alone now!”
  • Courageous people make decisions without endless back-and-forth. Trust yourself!
  • Courage people with stage fright, get up on stage and do their best (like practicing your form)

What is it for?

  • Making what might seem impossible today, possible tomorrow.
  • Speak up-respectfully when something doesn’t feel right.

A remember, mark your calendars: the next color belt rank testing will be held Wednesday, November 18, 2018 at 5:30 pm Tiny Tigers and 6:30 pm for Karate Kids and Adults.

Material for Fall 2017 Session {Courage}

 Photo credit: Mrs. Reinhardt.

Photo credit: Mrs. Reinhardt.

Confidence is "Feeling fear, yet choosing to act!" This session at Lakes Martial Arts we will be talking about demonstrating confidence, both on and off the mat.

“Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow," said author Mary Anne Radmacher. 

How does a martial artist demonstrate courage in life?

  • Follow your heart
  • Perserve in the face of adversity
  • Do the right thing, even when someone isn’t looking
  • Expand your horizons

Down to details: Testing will be November 15, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Tiny Tigers, 6:30 p.m. Karate Kids and Adults. Pershing Recreation Center.

Material for this session:

  • Beginners >> Songahm 2  Tiny Tigers do only first half of form (moves 1-12) and one-step #1. Karate Kids and Adults do entire form and one-steps #1 and #2.
  • Intermediate & Advanced >> In Wha 2. Karate Kids and adults must complete entire form
  • Color belt board break is step up hook-kick.

PARENT STRIPE SHEET >> CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Welcome back night Sept 6 at 6pm

Welcome Back Night is Sept 7 at 6:00 - 7 pm at the Pershing Recreation Center, an informal gathering and information night. Students should wear uniforms. Free to attend.

All new & returning students will get a chance to get to know each other a bit more, students will get fitted for new uniforms (especially if they grew since last year), and learn about exciting program changes. 

CLICK HERE TO ENROLL.

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We are excited to kick start our 5th season at the Pershing Rec Center! 

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Congrats to the new ranks

Congratulations to our successful color belts and black belt mid-termers at our Summer 2017 testing held June 29, 2017 in Minneapolis! 

We had over 50 students test for a new rank (not all pictured here), a wonderful feat for an ATA Legacy club in Minneapolis!

Enjoy your summer break and we will see you back in September!

Material for Summer 2017 {Persistence}

 Image by Mrs. Reinhardt

Image by Mrs. Reinhardt

Hard work WILL pay off!

If you have ever asked a doctor, an olympian, or a champion of anything, there is one thing they will tell you: hard work will beat out talent any time!

"If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

You might be smart, but unless you work hard, you may never achieve your potential.

"It's hard to beat a person who never gives up," Babe Ruth once said.

MATERIAL FOR THIS SESSION (Click below to download PDF):

Stances: Front Stance, Middle Stance

Blocks: High Block, Low Block, Inner Forearm block

Strikes: Punch, Knife Hand Strike

Kicks: Front Kick, Side Kick

Blocks: Double Outer Forearm Block, Square Block, Twin Inner Forearm Block, Twin Low Block, High / Low Inner Forearm block

Strikes: Vertical Punch, Palm Heel Strike, Speer Hand

Kicks: Outer Crescent Kick, Front Kick / Side kick combo

Board Break (Intermediate and Advanced): Front / side continuous kick combo (break is on side kick) without setting foot down.

TESTING. Mark your calendars for our next testing held at Pershing Park Recreation Center at 5:30 pm (Tiny Tigers) and 6:30 pm (Karate Kids, Adults) on June 28, 2017.