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.

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.

 

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.

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

Material for Spring 2017 {FOCUS}

 Bruce Lee once said, "A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim for." What is YOUR goal this session?

Bruce Lee once said, "A goal is not always meant to be reached; it often serves simply as something to aim for." What is YOUR goal this session?

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!

All about the Smart Sheet

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.

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD and PRINT

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!

Material for Winter 2016/2017

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:

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Material for Fall 2016 {CONFIDENCE}

 Ms. Barnes and Nora volunteered at Minneapolis Safety Camp in August, demonstrating their black belt attitude, confidence, and leadership in front over 200+ students.  Photo Credit: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

Ms. Barnes and Nora volunteered at Minneapolis Safety Camp in August, demonstrating their black belt attitude, confidence, and leadership in front over 200+ students. Photo Credit: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

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.

*** CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PARENT SHEET ***

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

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

Blocks: Low X block, Knife-hand high X block

 

My Body Achieves What My Mind Believes!

 Sylvi competes at her first tournament as a red belt, completing a requirement to become a black belt.

Sylvi competes at her first tournament as a red belt, completing a requirement to become a black belt.

"My body achieves what my mind believes," will become an important motto heard and practiced during the Summer 2016 session at Lakes Martial Arts in Minneapolis.

If we train our mind, our body becomes stronger. And smarter. And healthier.

What's the weakest part of the body?

The mind.

By focusing on our goals, we can improve what we set our mind to. Higher kicks, doing our best in school, listening to our parents, smashing a board at our black belt testing... all of these require us to focus on our goals!

MATERIAL FOR SUMMER 2016 SESSION >>

The Tiny Tigers must complete the first half of the form (moves #1 - #14) and the first one-step self-defense moves, while the Karate Kids & Adults must complete the entire form and both one-steps.

BEGINNERS

Challenging moves: jump front kick above our head, double knife hand block, strong stances

Songahm 3 material HERE

 

INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED

Challenging moves/board break: jump ax kick (head level), #1 jump front kick, square block, upset knife hand strike

In Wha 2 material HERE 

For extra credit, DOWNLOAD THE PARENT SHEET HERE.

Material for Spring 2016 {Attitude}

 "To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you're not, pretend you are," said boxer and philanthropist Muhammad Ali.

"To be a great champion you must believe you are the best. If you're not, pretend you are," said boxer and philanthropist Muhammad Ali.

“The attitude I choose impacts others,” reminds us of the importance of a SUPER FANTASTIC attitude. After all, attitudes are contagious. 

Of all things in life we can't control of, there is one thing we CAN control: OUR ATTITUDE!

Attitude is rooted in confidence and faith in your ability to do your best. We can choose a good attitude, or a bad attitude. It is up to us.

What is attitude? What does a positive attitude look like? What is it for? All of those answers can be found in this special blog post here.

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

Beginner Students >> Sohngham 2. Tiny Tigers do first half of form (moves 1-11) and one-step #1.

Intermediate Students >> Sohngham 5

Advanced Students >> In Wha 1

BOARD BREAKS: Reverse sidekick (intermediates), Double Round Kick (advanced), Jump Reverse Sidekick (advanced)

PARENT SHEET >> DOWNLOAD HERE

TESTING:

Mark your calendars for our next testing held at Pershing Park Recreation Center at 6pm on April 27, 2016. The Armatage Rec Center testing is April 28 during normal class times.

Material for Winter 2016 {COMMUNICATION}

 Leadership Team members practice effective communication to students both on and off the floor. pictured left to right: Jessica, Otto, Mr. Kern, Sylvi, Alex, Clay, and Nora photographed by nina.

Leadership Team members practice effective communication to students both on and off the floor. pictured left to right: Jessica, Otto, Mr. Kern, Sylvi, Alex, Clay, and Nora photographed by nina.

"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 Students >> Sohngham 4.

Advanced Students >> Choong Jung 1

Mark your calendars for our next testing held at Pershing Park Recreation Center at 6pm on February 17, 2016.

Material for Spring

All students for our current session (April 2015- July 2015) will be focusing on the life skill "Attitude" and "Excellence." This will become increasingly important as we learn powerful moves and intermediate students begin to spar.

Mark your calendars: color belt rank testing will be held Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 6pm.

Material for this session:

Tiny Tigers

Karate Kids & Adults