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! 

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 >> 

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.

 

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.

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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Stay Strong {Images from 3rd Annual Holiday Party}

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!

#BlackFriday proceeds to benefit Bully Prevention

 This year Lakes Martial Arts is donating 100% proceeds of sales in our online store to bully prevention in our community. This means we will be able to continue our efforts to stop bullying,  one of the biggest issues facing schools today. 

This year Lakes Martial Arts is donating 100% proceeds of sales in our online store to bully prevention in our community. This means we will be able to continue our efforts to stop bullying,  one of the biggest issues facing schools today. 

On Black Friday, Lakes Martial Arts is donating 100% proceeds of sales in our online store to bully prevention in our community. We want our customer to show love to our community. 

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! 

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Oct 29 Bully Prevention Seminar (Sign-up)

 Over 150 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 150 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!

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)

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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.

On Becoming a Lakes Martial Arts Black Belt

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:

On Becoming a Lakes Martial Arts Black Belt, a short film by Penn Barnes.

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!

Open House Sept 7 at 6:30pm

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!

CLICK HERE TO ENROLL.

Instructor Training Seminar {Highlights}

 On Saturday, Lakes Martial Arts held an all-day Instructor Leadership Training Seminar at their new location, the Armatage Recreation Center. 

On Saturday, Lakes Martial Arts held an all-day Instructor Leadership Training Seminar at their new location, the Armatage Recreation Center. 

On Saturday January 23, special guests Master Matt Blomquist and Mr Jharen Haynes joined Mr. Kern as they taught the Lakes Martial Arts Leadership Team new skills required to teaching martial arts. The action-packed day was filled theory and practice (and a good workout!) to help train the future leaders for the new Armatage club opening on February 25.

We thank Master Blomquist and Mr Haynes for sharing their leadership and enthusiasm of Songham Taekwondo!

In the first Lakes Martial Arts Instructor Leadership Training Seminar, topics included:

  • Learning "secret" leadership skills using the nine qualities of technique
  • The importance of being a role model
  • How to plan a class (with pace and peak)
  • How to observe, diagnose and prescribe using methods of instruction

Notice the new mats? The color of the Zebra mats were chosen by a vote in the class before, blue being the favorite.

Mr. Kern had them delievered the day before... special thanks to Charlie at Zebra Mats. These special mats were the same ones used at the 2015 ATA Fall Nationals Mr. Kern attended! How cool that we are able to train of the exact same floor used in competition??? Training with confidence means safety first!

Earning a black uniform is the first big step of accomplishment in becoming a Lakes Martial Arts instructor. I'm proud of the efforts of Jessica, Nina, Nora, Syvli, and Clay (Soon to be Mr. Hogen-Chin!). Here are some images from the day:

Special thanks to Nikki Friederich, Recreation Supervisor, at Armatage Parks for making this program possible and believing in us from the beginning. Mrs. Friederich was instrumental in helping Mr. Kern start the Pershing Park club back in 2013! We couldn't have done it without you!

It will be great to see more of Kris Stevens as he recently moved from Pershing to Armatage, too!