Confidence Portraits {Feb 2019}

Lakes Martial Arts students were treated to a free portrait session after the Bully Prevention last week, a way to build community and have fun! This is my gift you, parents, for your support in our program! I had a wonderful time and share the series. I designed a “life skills poster” for the first image. Any parents interested in ordering a mounted print with a custom “life skills” quote, please ask Mr. Kern. I’m proud of these kids, their focus, and discipline in their martial arts training.

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Feb 2 Bully Prevention Seminar (1-3pm)

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30 spots are available for the next Bully Prevention Seminar held at the Pershing Recreation Center on Saturday, Feb 2 from 1:00- 3:00 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.

This will be extra special, as we are joining forces with Pursuit Martial Arts to stop bullying in schools.

I was bullied as a kid and an adult. Yet in those years, I didn't even know what bullying was. I knew I didn't like it. I knew I didn't want it to happen. Yet, I wasn't aware of tactics how to report it. How to stop it. Or how to prevent it all together. Why do I share my story? Find out here >>

Students will earn a special green stripe on their belt for participation, along with some goodies to reinforce the skills learned in the seminar. Returning students welcome to assist with leadership skills. Wear uniforms and bring a friend! Parents are strongly encouraged to participate.

No sign up sheet need. Just show up with a great attitude! Over 175 students have participated in the bully prevention seminars since 2015. I’m proud of the success stories that have come from the efforts.

Hope to see you and a friend on the mat!

PS- Mr. Kern will also bring his photo studio (and smoke machine) to create another series of “Confidence Portraits” at no charge.

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Material for Winter 2019 {Attitude}

Bruce Lee once said: “As you think, so shall you become.” This is true for much in life… doing well in school, exceeding in the workplace, or competing at a tournament. It is all about attitude!

Bruce Lee once said: “As you think, so shall you become.” This is true for much in life… doing well in school, exceeding in the workplace, or competing at a tournament. It is all about attitude!

“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 on bold to download PDF):

PARENT SHEET >> DOWNLOAD HERE

Also, for the first time, the single ssahng jeol bahng form will be demonstrated at testing. Beginners will show the first half (before the turn), intermediates and advanced students will show the entire form. This will help prepare us for competing with a weapons form at the Twin Cities Regional Tournament in Shakopee in March, 2019.

Mark your calendars, our next testing held at Pershing Park Recreation Center at 6pm on February 13, 2019 at Pershing Rec Center.

Fitness Test Winter 2018 - 5 minute AMRAP

Thirty-eight students completed the pre-test last week as part of the Fitness Test Winter 2018 - 5 minute AMRAP at Lakes Martial Arts.

Fitness Test Winter 2018 - 5 minute AMRAP

- Buy in -

30 second wall sit (perform wall sit before proceeding)

then

2 rounds

  • 15 jumping jacks

  • 15 burpees

(15 JJs, 15 burpees, 15 JJs, 15 burpees)

then

With remaining time, butterly sit-ups as many reps as possible (AMRAP).

Notes: chest must touch floor / feet come off the ground / hands above head in order for a burpee to count.

Score is total number of sit-ups until time expires.

Practice this as part of your warm-up over the holidays. We will do a re-test in February before testing!

Tips: Go Hard! Don’t rest. Pace and breath! Feet before hands. If you want to take a second off of your burpee, shoot your legs back before your hands hit the ground. Turn on robot mode. Get into a rhythm.

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Material for Fall 2018 {Discipline}

Mr. Ben O’Brien (pictured right) competes at the ATA Fargo Tournament, August 2018.

Mr. Ben O’Brien (pictured right) competes at the ATA Fargo Tournament, August 2018.

Defining DISCIPLINE: To obey what is right.

This means to practice good habits. But, what are good habits?

Simply put: they are behaviors that make us better people.

This Fall 2018 session at Lakes Martial Arts we will be talking about DISCIPLINE.

It all begins with obedience. When we are children, we must obey our parents, teachers, and mentors. They are the ones responsible to show us the right path.

Later in life, we must learn to rely on our self-discipline. It’s when we no longer need to be told what to do, or how to do it. We need to be disciplined with self-control… controlling our emotions, rather than have them control us.

Examples include:

  • Punctuality. Being on time. Disciplined people are punctual and have the ability to use time to their advantage.

  • Goals. Disciplined people are driven by their goals.

  • Focus. Disciplined people focus on what is most important.

These are the topics we will be focusing on this session!

Material for this session (Click on bold to download PDF):

Board break requirement for testing: Reverse Hook Kick (intermediate and advanced students)

Mark your calendars, our next testing held at Pershing Park Recreation Center at 6pm on November 14, 2018.

*** PARENT SHEET may be downloaded here >>

Mr. Kern passes his 5th degree black belt test

Earlier this summer, Mr. Kern tested for his 5th degree black belt at the 2018 World Championships in Little Rock, AR. He had to wait weeks for the results and he is pleased to share the news: He passed!

Mr. Gonzalez also passed his test for his 4th degree black belt! Congrats, sir!

A few photos from the testing day:

Mr Moore and Mr. Kern in the testing ring along with over 50 others (top). Chief Master Jager tested for the rank of 9th degree black belt (left) as did my training instructor Master Blomquist passed his test for 7th degree! What a great memory to share and sense of accomplishment to bring back to our students!

Mr Moore and Mr. Kern in the testing ring along with over 50 others (top). Chief Master Jager tested for the rank of 9th degree black belt (left) as did my training instructor Master Blomquist passed his test for 7th degree! What a great memory to share and sense of accomplishment to bring back to our students!

Graduating from bars to stars!

Graduating from bars to stars!

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!

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! 

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.

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 >> 

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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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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