Congrats to Summer 2018 testers

We shared wonderful energy with the community during our final testing of the "school year" at Lakes Martial Arts at the end of June. Two students successfully tested for their first degree black belt and another completed a 2nd degree midterm.

Have a wonderful summer! Classes begin again September 5, 2018. 

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 Mr. Lund and Mr. Marquardt passed their test for first degree black belt decided!

Mr. Lund and Mr. Marquardt passed their test for first degree black belt decided!

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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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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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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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!

Spring 2017 testing

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!

 Congrats, Mr. Q. Bechay, Mr. D Bechay, Mrs. Reinhardt, Mr. Reinhardt, and Mr. Nielsen!

Congrats, Mr. Q. Bechay, Mr. D Bechay, Mrs. Reinhardt, Mr. Reinhardt, and Mr. Nielsen!

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!

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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.

Congrats to all midterming and testing!

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!

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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!

 Karate Kids and instructors display confidence and self-esteem in our class portrait after testing.

Karate Kids and instructors display confidence and self-esteem in our class portrait after testing.

Summer 2016 Belt Testing

 Congratulations to all the students who tested for a new rank on June 29, 2016 at Lakes Martial Arts in Minneapolis! Here is our Summer 2016 class photo:

Congratulations to all the students who tested for a new rank on June 29, 2016 at Lakes Martial Arts in Minneapolis! Here is our Summer 2016 class photo:

What a way to top off another year at Lakes Martial Arts with our year-end rank testing.

Last night we had a very special rank promotion ceremony in Minneapolis: we awarded our very first black belts who began their training with Mr. Kern three years ago! Congrats to Ms. Barnes and Mr. Kamrow. We also had Otto, a valuable leadership team member, successfully demonstrate eight consecutive color belt forms to earn his black uniform.

Highlights included:

  • Mrs. Reinhardt earned a huge hug from the students at the Armatage club… this was our first combined testing.
  • Crouching Tiger Awards: Matt Barnes, Mrs. Reinhardt, Mr. Hogen-Chin
  • Hidden Dragon Awards: Jude, Greta, Henry
  • Mr. Hogen-Chin midtermed as a ATA 1st Degree Black Belt
  • Mr. Gonzalex dazzled students with the mid-range Jahng bahng weapon form
  • The baked potato potluck was a hit! 

Students, enjoy your summer break! Classes resume mid-September. 

 Congrats to Ms. Barnes and Mr. Kamrow who earned the rank of 1st degree black belt decided on June 29, 2016 in Minneapolis. They began their training with Mr. Kern three years ago! 

Congrats to Ms. Barnes and Mr. Kamrow who earned the rank of 1st degree black belt decided on June 29, 2016 in Minneapolis. They began their training with Mr. Kern three years ago! 

Winter 2016 Belt Testing

Last week we had a very special rank promotion ceremony at Lakes Martial Arts in Minneapolis: we awarded our very first black belt, another leadership team member earned a black uniform, and a stellar class of new intermediate students earned their sparring gear. All in all, over 40 students tested for a new rank, one of the largest ceremonies we've ever had since we opened in 2013!

Master Dave Niska joined us as a special guest. Master Niska started his martial arts training ATA in 1983. He is an extremely well-rounded martial arts, as has served as hand to hand combat instructor for the Marine Corps, he is a purple belt with the Gracie Jujitsu program, and I watched him earn his Mastership in 2013. He is one of the owners of Excel Lifeforce Martial Arts Training Center in Woodbury. Two interesting facts about Master Niska:

  • Mike Moh (who plays Agent G & Ryu in Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist) was a student of Master Niska.
  • One of Master Niska’s favorite food: Cheesecake!
 Master Dave Niska with Mr. Kern (and Agent G in the background) pictured left. Mrs. Jessica Reinhardt earned her black uniform while Mr. Clay Hogen-Chin earned his first-degree black belt, pictured right along with Master Niska and Mr. Kern.

Master Dave Niska with Mr. Kern (and Agent G in the background) pictured left. Mrs. Jessica Reinhardt earned her black uniform while Mr. Clay Hogen-Chin earned his first-degree black belt, pictured right along with Master Niska and Mr. Kern.

BIG NEWS!

Mrs Jessica Reinhardt earned her black uniform as part of the Lakes Martial Arts Leadership team (note that red collar!).

Mr. Hogen-Chin earned his ATA 1st Degree Black Belt and shares his goals with the Lakes Martial Arts community. 

  • Attend at least one tournament in our region each year.
  • Attend the Iowa Conference in February of next year
  • Earn his second degree black belt within the next two years
  • Compete at ATA World Championships
  • Continue to be a part of the success of Lakes Martial Arts

We appreciate Mr. Hogen-Chin's continued leadership in Songahm Taekwondo!

 Congrats to the Hogen-Chin on their first black belt! I see three more black belts in your future! This family believes that families that kick together, stick together!

Congrats to the Hogen-Chin on their first black belt! I see three more black belts in your future! This family believes that families that kick together, stick together!

And congratulations to all the students who tested for a new rank! Here is our class photo:

Fall 2015 Color Belt testing

Congrats to the new ranks of color belts at our Fall 2015 testing held on November 18. We had a packed house of supportive parents. The room was filled with tons of positive energy!

Special congrats to both Alex and Nora for earning their leadership uniform! 

Thank you to guest judges Master Blomquist, Mr. Gonzalez, Mr. Deutschmann, and Clay Hogen-Chin for your support and encouragement to the testers and making the largest testing panel to date!

Next session starts Dec 2.

Registration links to sign-up for the next session can be found here: http://www.lakesmartialarts.com/sign-up

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy the time with family and friends!

 Lakes Martial Arts Fall Testing 2015 in Minneapolis, MN.

Lakes Martial Arts Fall Testing 2015 in Minneapolis, MN.

Today's leaders have a responsibility of shaping tomorrow's leaders.

 Demonstrating excellence in teaching leaders of today and tomorrow are one of the biggest rewards teaching in the American Taekwondo Association.

Demonstrating excellence in teaching leaders of today and tomorrow are one of the biggest rewards teaching in the American Taekwondo Association.

Strong parents make strong kids.

 Strong parents make wonderful examples for their kids, making communities stronger. Clay and Jessica are wonderful role models of excellence for all Lakes Martial Arts students.

Strong parents make wonderful examples for their kids, making communities stronger. Clay and Jessica are wonderful role models of excellence for all Lakes Martial Arts students.

Good news: Mr. Kern passed his first mid-term towards 5th degree (it takes at least three weeks to find out... Master Blomquist shared the good news after testing... Thank you, Sir). Read more about his journey at the 2015 ATA Fall Nationals in Orlando here.

Winter Testing 2015 - Congrats new color belts!

Congratulations to the new class of color belts at Lakes Martial Arts Winter Testing 2015 held at the Pershing Rec Center in Minneapolis, MN on February 9, 2015!

Special thanks to guest judges Mr. Nick Deutchman, Mr. Juan Gonzalez, and Mr. Jeremy Morton. What a colorful class of great attitude and wonderful respect.

Congrats to a new class of color belts!

Congratulations to a new class of colored belts at Lakes Martial Arts testing in Minneapolis on Nov 10. We had a wonderful turn-out and special guests Mr. Ken Hoops and Mr. Juan Gonzalez said they had a wonderful time! Special thanks to the supportive parents for the the wonderful gifts for our little bun in the oven!

A very special color belt testing!

Last Wednesday, July 23, Lakes Martial Arts hosted their largest color belt testing with 39 students demonstrating hard work learned from the Summer 2014 session. The room was packed with over 125 people cheering and supporting the students. Highlights for testing included:

  • Master Hauptman, ATA's highest ranking master instructor (6th degree), flew out from Colorado to be our special guest judge. His stellar leadership with Paragon Martial Arts has created amazing instructors, school owners, and world champions which all began in the Midwest decades ago and continues through clubs like Lakes Martial Arts. Master Hauptman also broke a super high board break with two boards above Mr. Ken Hoops' head and wowed the crowd!
  • In addition, 4th degrees Mr. Ken Hoops, Mr. Brendan Rogers, and 2nd degree Mr. Shawn Mingus served on the stellar judging panel. Students demonstrated respect at all times to judges and fellow students… which has been one our of focus life skills goals this session. Well done!
  • We had several intermediate students smash through their boards and fancy spar… including one student, Sylvi, who broke a board above her head!
  • Three black stripe awards were given to students who demonstrated the qualities of excellence during this recent session included: Auggie (Tiny Tigers), Owen (Karate Kids), and Derek (Teens & Adult). Congrats on your hard work and great attitude!
  • We had four 1st degree recommended black belts (Dave, Kelly, Max, and Foster) prepare for their black belt test by demonstrating forms, board break, sparring, and a great attitude! Good luck on your testing in August in Florida and we would LOVE for you to join our club after you settle in your new home!
  • We broke the sound barrier in the classroom with positive energy from clapping and cheering from our supportive parents!
  • Our Adopt-a-Mat program was a success and we were able to fill the entire floor with two full rings of safety flooring! Thank you to the parents for helping to make this a reality (Mr. Kern is keeping busy teaching all the private lessons).
  • The Tamm family helped to coordinate our first annual Taco Potluck and brought a very special custom, Lakes Martial Arts cookie made by Cookies by Design. They were amazing!

In case you missed Master Hauptman's amazing board break HERE'S THE VIDEO

The parent stripe testing awards are given out before testing after students complete their parent sheet. I loved Nora's parent sheet for all her practicing (notice all the circles) and wonderful achieved goals (Respect was our focus for this session).

Special thanks to Mathias for the wonderful artwork demonstrating our ATA flags with his orange belt in action and a wonderful Ki-Hap! Love it!

Judging panel, left to right, included Mr. Kern, Mr. Rogers, Master Hauptman, Mr. Hoops, and Mr. Mingus.

The Tamm family made a super special effort… and we LOVED their cookies they brought… great design, too!

Willy, the unofficial Lakes Martial Arts mascot (you might have seen him after class), wanted in on the yumminess! And check out the cool Mr. Kern cookie (each instructor judge got their very own!). How fun!

Lastly, Master Hauptman surprised Mr. Kern and brought his official 4th degree black belt certificate signed by Grandmaster and himself and the class presented it to Mr. Kern:

Enjoy our summer break in August and we will see everyone back for our next session starting Sept 8! Stay tuned on the blog for the sign-up details.