Weekly Update: 6/17-6/22

This week is on regular schedule, Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri, and Sat. There is an upper belt private test happening on June 22, but it will not interfere with regular class. Good luck testers!

**IMPORTANT** June 29th just got cancelled for a Mason event. Please add this to your calendar right away!

The Sensational Spring Cleaning Sale is on with plenty of discounted goodies. Please fill out a survey regarding class times at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XGNR3Y8 if you haven’t already.

stanwood demo team

The demo team is locked in endless battle…

Demo at PSMS on Friday went well. Check out the complete album on Facebook.

August 12-16 will be summer camp. Details coming.

Reminder: Please do not play with your belt tails in class!

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Water Breaks & Why We Need Them

Summer is almost here, and the weather in the Pac Northwest is awesome!

Now that we’re seeing so many sunny days, I think it’s a brilliant time to remind everyone of the importance of being hydrated. Pun intended.


Make sure you stay hydrated when the weather looks like this!

The human body is anywhere from 60-75% water, depending on your age.

If you’re thirsty, you’re already partially dehydrated. Dehydration slows us down, both physically and mentally, and drains us of energy.

So how much should you drink every day and when?

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Weekly Update: 6/10-6/15

Wed, June 12 is cancelled as per normal (2nd Wed of every month is always cancelled). The rest of the week is on regular schedule, Mon, Thurs, Fri, and Sat. The Sensational Spring Cleaning Sale is on with plenty of discounted goodies.

Please fill out a survey regarding class times at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XGNR3Y8 if you haven’t already.

Demo at PSMS on FRIDAY. Thursday afternoon class will include dress rehearsal. Arrive at PSMS by 8am on Friday morning.

Reminder: When you see a new student in class, make sure to introduce yourself! Also be sure to welcome back to our errant black belts/college students who will be dropping by throughout the summer!

Summer Bingo has begun!

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Board Breaking Seminar **CANCELLED**

Board Breaking Seminar has been **CANCELLED** due to low turnout. It seems like a lot of you are busy, being the end of school and all, so we’ll reschedule it for a better time. :)

Those of you who have already paid for the seminar: We can issue you a refund OR you may apply the $20 towards your next month’s tuition. PLEASE LET US KNOW ASAP.

Photo Credit: Bec Thomas Photography facebook.com/BecThomasPhotography

Photo Credit: Bec Thomas Photography facebook.com/BecThomasPhotography

SBN/Sensei’s Spring Sale & Sensational SURVEY

Please excuse the excessive alliteration. :) Here is the survey you’ve all been waiting for! Please give us your feedback regarding class times!

Click here to take survey

ALSO–SBN/Sensei Doris did a “Spring Cleaning” of her inventory, and the following items have been discounted and are for sale! First come, first served.

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Donation Wish List for Summer Camp 2013

We’re planning some awesome stuff for summer camp, and we need donations! We WILL accept lightly used/leftover items from at home, so clean out that junk drawer!

My giant bingo board in progress.

Take a look at the Wish List and see what you might have laying around unused. We’ll have a collection box in class. After camp is over, we intend to re-donate to a local classroom, charity, or youth group.

  • Bits of patterned wrapping paper (scraps/ends would be perfect)
  • Pack 8.5×11 of construction paper, assorted colors
  • Leftover decoration items (ribbon, stickers, etc)
  • Pack of square origami paper
  • 2 large pieces of tagboard/posterboard, any color

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Speed vs. Power? Speed IS Power!

Have you ever seen “tension” moves in a form? They’re often slow, and the martial artist’s body vibrates as they execute them.

Sempai Jasmine at a demonstration. (Credit: Bec Thomas Photography, facebook.com/BecThomasPhotography)

Sempai Jasmine doing a “slow” move in a Karate form. Whats the difference between “slow” and “tension” moves? Read on to find out!!!


Have you ever wondered why they’re there?

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Announcing: Monday Night 6-7pm Class Added

This is just a quick note to let everyone know we’ve added a 6-7 pm class on Monday nights. Starting May 13, 2013 this class will be in session!

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NWSMA youth class in action!

PLEASE NOTE we are moving toward structuring classes based on age. See the calendar for details. This will not be a rigid policy; if you are only able to make a particular class because of schedule conflicts, just let us know. The change will mostly affect some older students, who we may be asking to attend later classes instead of earlier ones. :)

We are in the process of training our assistant instructors, so you may see them teaching full classes on their own. Learning to teach is a process, so please encourage your student to be patient with our assistants as they grow and develop their teaching skills. ALL black belts share a strong desire to help others become their best.