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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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.
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.
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.
We are excited to kick start our 5th season at the Pershing Rec Center!
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!
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):
- Beginners - Songahm 1 Tiny Tigers do first half of form (moves 1-9) and one-step #1.
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.
Some martial arts students worked 10 weeks to arrive at this point. Others worked almost 3 years.
Yesterday, Lakes Martial Arts in Minneapolis held the Spring 2017 testing at the Pershing Rec Center. With a packed house, Lakes Martial Arts welcomes five new black belts!
The fitness test challenged students to focus and dig deep, pushing themselves beyond what they thought was possible. Students demonstrated strength, mobility, and power at they completed 30 seconds of clapping pushups and pistol squats, focused energy for 60 seconds doing V-sits, front leaning rests, burpies. Who would have thought that 4-minutes would last sooo long (for the students) and and be so fun to watch (for the audience)!
In addition, highlights included:
- Five new camo belts earned sparring gear and sparred black belts for the first time
- Intermediate and advanced students smashed a ton of boards with a step reverse sidekick
- Focus remained a priority for beginners and Tiny Tigers as they focused on their goals with their eyes, ears, and heart
- Mr. Gonzalez served as a wonderful jumping obstacle for black belts
I am proud of the hard work and time these students (and their families) have dedicated to their practice. The triangle of learning continues to strengthen. See you on the mat!
One final note: It’s easy to think of a mistake as a failure. Get this: mistakes do not mean we aren’t good at something. It is important to focus that mistakes are when learning starts. Without mistakes, we wouldn’t improve. Many of the world’s most successful people made mistakes along their journey. Mistakes can be as simple as forgetting the kihap or a move in a form, not breaking a board on the first time, or losing a piece of sparring equipment. It happens to all of us.
What matters most: learn and move on.
And don’t forget to smile and enjoy the journey.
Thirteen Lakes Martial Arts students competed in the 2017 ATA Twin Cities Tournament on Saturday. In doing so, they completed one requirement towards their Nine Steps in becoming a Black Black... and had lots of fun and were apart of our martial arts community at the same time! Mr. Kern was unable to make it it the the tournament since he brother was getting married (good excuse, Mr. Kern), but he was extremely appreciative of these moments captured by leadership team member and first-degree black belt recommended, Mrs. Reinhardt. Thank you Ma'am!
Congrats to all Lakes Martial Arts students on demonstrating their Songahm spirit: Jack R, Quinn B, Drew B, Declan V, Logan B, Jordan B, Onie P, Otto R, Jessica R, Beckett N, Annika K, and Beckett L!
Declan and Jack (before the tournament, and after):
"Know your limits, then break them!”
You may hear me stay in class, knowing the focus is always on safety, yet the purpose is staying strong. The mind and body are able to accomplish tasks far greater than we think!
I share the above photograph when I was a blue belt in taekwondo many years ago. This was my first big tournament and boy I was nervous! But I made many new friends, including Grandmaster!
I look back 16 years ago and never thought possible I'd be where I am today. I just knew that if I tried my best, stayed focused, that would mattered most!
What does focus mean in martial arts?
Focus in martial arts means 3 things: direction (left from right, low from high), target training (start with large target, continually making target smaller), and penetration by targeting strike beyond actual target (aka: “kicking through the board vs stopping at the board”).
What are some examples of staying focused?
- At Home: Completing a project to the best of your ability before moving on. Following directions the first time.
- At School: Pay attention with your eyes, ears, and heart by doing your best.
- At Taekwondo: Focus can be eye contact on a target, or setting goals something you strive for, like getting your black belt or kicking a target high above your head.
For those competing at the tournament this weekend, know you have been training to win, now compete to have fun!
Without proper focus, there is no aim. This session we will be talking about focus as it relates to martial arts and life.
A great big sail on a boat still needs a rudder to go places. That is where focus becomes important. Focus is like a rudder on a boat. Without it, you will just travel in circles!
What will YOU focus on this session? Competing at a tournament. Breaking a board on the first try? Doing your form by yourself? These are all things we will think about this session, starting with our Smart Sheet handed out in class.
Down to details: Testing will be April 19, 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 3 Tiny Tigers do only first half of form (moves 1-14) and one-step #1. Karate Kids and Adults do entire form and one-steps #1 and #2.
- Intermediate & Advanced >> Songahm 5. Karate Kids and adults must complete entire form (beginners must also demonstrate both one-steps).
- Color belt board break is step reverse sidekick.
Stay focused on those goals and see you on the mat!
Congratulations to Lakes Martial Arts students who successfully completed their midterming and rank testing on February 8 at Pershing Rec Center in Minneapolis. The new split Tiny Tiger / Karate Kid testing format proved successful. And students benefited from the extra time to demonstrate quality of technique and their self-esteem gained from the last 10 weeks of training.
Special thanks to the efforts of the judging panel comprised of the Leadership Team including Mrs. Reinhardt, Mr. Hogen-Chin, Ms. Barnes, Ms. Kamrow, Mr. Kamrow, and Otto. Quinn, Drew, Leif, Jude, and Alexander participated in the Tiny Tiger testing was was greatly appreciated by not only the Tiny Tigers, but parents and instructors, too! Mr. Gonzalez and Mr. Kern demonstrated their form in front of packed room. Jayden and Ryan both earned their sparring gear and will graduate to the Karate Kid class next session!
Highlights in the Karate Kid and Adult testing including four students promoted to 1st degree black belt recommended (Ms. Reinhardt, Quinn, Drew, and Beckett), two successful midterms completed by Ms. Kamrow and Mr. Kamrow, and several students who earned sparring gear.
One new opportunity for testers is the opportunity to earn an excellence stripe on their new rank. Each class was given several opportunites to demonstrate excellence through the following: 1-minute burpee contest, round-kick contest, push-up contest, and punching / deep stance contest. How fun!
Lakes Martial Arts students were treated to a Friday evening of learn new techniques, pizza, a movie, and a Mr. Kern photo booth intended to build community and have fun! Our 3rd year holiday party offered parents time away from the kids to get holiday errands done or just meet up with a friend. Several kids mentioned the photo booth was their favorite part, so I am sharing a few of the images here (check email for details on seeing the rest)
This is my gift you, parents, for your support in our program! I had a wonderful time and share three of the portraits.... please welcome new leadership team members Alexander and Jude!
Enjoy the holidays and remember to stay strong!
I am very excited to introduce a brand new component to our program that will become a staple to our life skills program: The Smart Sheet, a goal map for your student.
Students will work with their parents at home to come up with a single goal that the student wishes to work on. This is essentially the student equivalent of the parent sheet… giving them input into creating their own goals. The reward for accomplishing goal will be far greater than a stripe: it will be a personal accomplishment with an incentive determined by the parent(s). Example of reward & incentives doesn’t have to be material and can include:
- Praise and gestures (hugs, jump high fives)
- Your student(s) gets to choose what is for dinner 3 nights in a week
- Your student(s) can choose a movie to watch as a family or come up with another fun activity, a friend sleepover, or family tradition
Allow your child to decide that he/she would like to work toward the goal. This will make the process more meaningful and likely to work toward those goals. The student will be recognized for their Smart Sheet Goals in class (belt stripes will not serve as the goal for the Smart Sheet). However, if parents feel the student deserves praise for extenuating circumstances, please notify Mr. Kern at least 2 weeks prior to testing (special arrangements at testing will be made).
Ideally, the goal date should be within the current session.
Below, I have provided an example of a SMART Sheet that has been completed to give parents and students an idea of what to expect. Be creative, but be specific! Good luck!
As Winne-The-Pooh would say, "You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think!" Stay strong!