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!
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"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!
Self-esteem and attitude go hand and hand. In this next session, students will be encouraged to "Stay Strong" in life, both on and off the mat. "Being honest with yourself" will be an important theme discussed over the next 10 weeks, especially at it relates to trying your best.
Testing will be February 8, 2017 at 6 p.m. Material for this session:
With your support, we will be able to continue our efforts to stop bullying, one of the biggest issues facing schools today. The Journal of the American Medical Association estimates that one-third of school-aged children in the United States are affected by bullying every year. Bigger life problems such as lower grades, poor self-esteem, depression, and thoughts of suicide result. Through affiliation with the Olweus Bully Prevention Program, Lakes Martial Arts has partnered to spread positive impacts in the community.
Since 2015, over 700 students have been able to learn from Lakes Martial Arts about bully prevention. We have partnered with Minneapolis Safety Camp and the Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board to deliver programing quarterly to the community at no charge. Funds provided by the Fulton Community Association grant and a fundraiser in conjunction with Lululemon Galleria were successful in raising over $2500.
By offering free 90-minute bully prevention seminars is one simple way to make a difference. For every $35 raised, one student is able to receive the full benefits of the seminar which includes the “Agent G kit” each student recieves helps to re-enforce the concepts at home and school. These kits have proven valuable with numerous case students to demonstrate effectiveness.
More seminars >> more kids >> greater awareness >> less bullying. SUCCESS!
Donating is a great way to get involved, too!
Bonus: for every $100 donation includes one free 45-minute private lesson with Mr. Kern
Congrats to the 13 student participants who completed the FREE Agent G Bully Prevention seminar on Saturday, Oct 29, 2016. And special thanks to the two adult volunteers (Mr. Hogen-Chin and Nina McGarry), donors, 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 jump sidekick confidence drill.
Mr. Kern surprised attendees with a complimentary portrait session, complete with a fog machine. The students were tasked to demonstrate confidence using one of their favorite martial arts moves as inspiration. What a confident bunch!
Click here to view a few more of the images (image the possibilities of an image with text hanging on your student's wall! See Mr. Kern for details.
Our class photo with the student's the completed the seminar:
Keep the confidence up and I look forward to awarding the green stripes to the students that completed their Agent G Form!
30 spots are available for the next Bully Prevention Seminar held at the Pershing Recreation Center on Saturday, Oct 29 from 12:30- 2:00 pm.
The seminar is FREE to attend for students ages 6-13. Parent volunteers are welcome and appreciated! Lakes Martial Arts students should wear their uniform.
Please complete student information below (required)
This 90-minute seminar will focus on bullying, one of the biggest issues facing schools today. There will be demonstrations and discussions about what is bullying, the differences between tattling and bullying, how to report bullying, what students can do to prevent bullying. Guidance will be discussed on how to prevent bullying through confidence, self-defense, and leadership skills. Each student will have opportunity to practice newly-learned skills and opportunity to demonstrate confidence in a celebratory “board break” at the end of the seminar and be given a “Agent G kit” to re-enforce the concepts discussed at home. Lakes Martial Arts students will have the opportunity to earn their green stripe!
This program is made possible with the generous support from a Fulton Community Association grant, the Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Board, and Lakes Martial Arts.
Team up and stamp out bullying in schools with participation in this program!
To learn more about the program and goals, either click here to view the Lakes Martial Arts blog post or contact RJ Kern at (303) 474-0983.
Welcome to the Fall 2016 session!
We kicked off our first class this week with over 30 new students this session! I am excited about the growth and enthusiasm at Lakes Martial Arts and foresee great potential during our 4th season!
This session we will be talking about confidence and attitude as part of our life skills program. Please help us reinforce these ideas during practicing at home... remember the three pine trees on our patch represents the triangle of learning between the parent(s), student, and Instructor.
What is confidence?
• Confidence is the feeling you can do something and believe in yourself no matter what.
• Self-confidence gives you the ability to finish what you started.
What does it look like?
• Good eye contact, firm hand shake, high/strong/fast kick & hand techniques, loud yell, willingness to participate, demonstrate, answer questions.
What is it for?
• To have good relations with others, to defend against criticism, to stay positive through hard times, and to make your family proud.
During week 3 we will be testing for our first stripe.
***Basic Material required to test for basic stripe***
- Beginners - Songahm 1 Form HERE 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
- Intermediates - Choong Jung 2 1st Half
Blocks: Concentration Knife Hand Square Block, Double Inner Forearm Block
Strikes: Upset Punch, Palm Heel Strike, Horizontal Back Elbow Strike, Long Ridge Hand Strike
Kicks: Hook Kick, Reverse Hook Kick, Jump Round kick
- Advanced (all of the above plus the following) - Choong Jung 2 Entire Form
Blocks: Low X block, Knife-hand high X block
At special screening as part of the Lakes Martial Arts Open House 2016, students watched the debut of the very first promo video by Penn Barnes, the brother of one of our very own student's, Ms. Barnes. Penn is a buddying photographer and cinema photographer with curiosity, enthusiasm, and fresh energy. He is hard-working, friendly, is not afraid to do his best. I don't know many high school kids that have earned a PBS video credit, too! I greatly appreciate his efforts and have enjoyed getting to know him over the past few months and look forward to future creative collaborations.
Without further adieu, I present:
The short film showcases a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Lakes Martial Arts students training at the ATA club at Pershing Recreation Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Leadership team members Ms. Barnes and Mr. Kamrow completed their training and successfully tested last July for their the rank of first degree black belt decided. Rewind three years ago, they began their training with Mr. Kern at Lakes Martial Arts as white belts. It has been an amazing journey to watch them grow and develop as good citizens and young martial artists. They continue to set good examples to students and their leadership is greatly appreciated.
Rewind back to color belt testing on February 2014, pictured bottom row, Ms. Barnes as an orange belt, and Mr. Kamrow and Nora as yellow belts! Wow! They grow up so fast!
Welcome Back Night is Sept 7 at 6:30 - 8 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.
There will be a raffle for fun prizes, too!