NEW! Character Stripe Program

The base of the “triangle of learning” starts at home. Character remains paramount to excellence. For the first time, we offering an alternative to the “Parent Sheet”.

Same rules apply: no gold stripe, no testing.

Students now have the ability to earn TWO GOLD STRIPES!

*** CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE CHARACTER STRIPE - TAKE HOME SHEET ***

Here is an example of what a completed sheet might look like:

NEW! Character Stripe Program at Lakes Martial Arts

NEW! Character Stripe Program at Lakes Martial Arts

*** Students can also complete the “Communication” Parent Sheet. CLICK HERE DOWNLOAD >>

Material for Summer 2019 {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 Students & Advanced Students >> In Wha 1

Mark your calendars for our next testing held at Pershing Park Recreation Center at 6pm on June 26, 2019.



Material for Spring 2019 {Goals}

BRUCE LEE ONCE SAID "A GOAL IS NOT ALWAYS MEANT TO BE REACHED; IT OFTEN SERVES SIMPLY AS SOMETHING TO AIM FOR."

BRUCE LEE ONCE SAID "A GOAL IS NOT ALWAYS MEANT TO BE REACHED; IT OFTEN SERVES SIMPLY AS SOMETHING TO AIM FOR."

Have you always wanted to do something but never did... like earn a black belt, place in a big tournament, or go for that big job promotion? When you try, do you sometimes fail?

We all share these common fears! That's good news!

Goals can also be thought of as dreams with a deadline. Sure, it is easy to set a goal. And it might be easy to share your goal. But when you put a date on the goal, you add a level of accountability to yourself. Hopefully, too, by sharing your goals others can help you obtain them!

My goals for Lakes Martial Arts for this session is to have 90% of my students test for their next belt on April 17. That's going to be a ton of work, but I know the students (and parents) will love the results! With the tournament on March 30, we will have lots to look forward to!

Down to details. Here are the requirements for testing:

Forms and One-Steps (Click on bold to download .pdf)

Beginners >> Sohngham 3  Tiny Tigers do first half of form (moves 1-14) and one-step #1. Karate Kids complete entire form and both one-steps.

Intermediate & Advanced >> In Wha 2. Karate Kids and adults must complete entire form (beginners must also demonstrate both one-steps).

Board Break: Intermediate and Advanced students must break board with a step-together #1 jump front kick (like in the form)

Parent Stripe Sheet (Goals) >> Students must work on specifics goals for 3 weeks to earn gold stripe on their belt.

Smart Sheet info >> Just in case parents would like to continue this.

*** Testing will be held on April 17 at 6pm at the Pershing Recreation Center. There will be no classes on April 24.

To help prepare for the tournament, we will have a FREE tournament prep class on Saturday, March 23 from 1 - 3pm at Pershing Park. Students are highly recommended to attend.

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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.