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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.
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!
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
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 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?
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!
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.
We often get the questions, “What do belt colors mean?” and “What order do the belts go in?”
Family belt collection; what a rainbow!
Well, grasshopper, it’s complicated. Continue reading
Have you ever wondered what goes on in the advanced class? Thursday’s advanced class students warmed up with a traditional dojo cleaning this week.
No fun going on here. None at all. :P
We’re trying something new this month; you may have seen it on March’s calendar, “Arnis/Open Floor.” We’d like to do 1-2 of these classes every month if the first few work out.
Open floor sessions will take place during normal class hours on Saturdays, 10-11am, and everyone is welcome at them! Continue reading
Highly recommended reading for our high school students:
Can my black belt help get me into college?
I thought this was a great, informative article. It’s an interview with an admissions officer about how they view martial arts as an extracurricular activity on college applications. Like any activity on an application, it’s crucial that you provide details about yourself, your training, and what your focus is (and why that’s important to you), in order to showcase the strength of your character.
Tournament prep tips–with the tournament coming up on March 30th, I’ve had a lot of students asking me what they can do to train and prepare for it. The most basic thing is to be in class as much as possible, so the instructors can help you get ready and give you specific tips. Continue reading
Today, I’d like to take a look at what makes karate and taekwondo for kids different from other sports.
I played outdoor and indoor soccer for 5 years. The last 3 of those years, I also did martial arts. Ultimately, I quit soccer in favor of martial arts. I’ve now been doing martial arts for 13 years and have no intention of quitting. Looking back, there were a lot of reasons I quit soccer.
Aside from being fed up with team drama, my biggest reason for following the martial path was that in martial arts, my achievement was a direct result of how much effort and practice I put in. I was the only one who was responsible for the outcome. Effort and practice were choices that I had to make, and my most important opponent was myself.
Certainly, martial arts, as a fitness activity, utilize a very wide range of physical skills: a variety of muscle groups, balance, coordination, flexibility, speed, strength/power, precision, endurance and burst energy training. And you can’t put a price on self-defense skills and the confidence that comes with knowing you can protect yourself and others.
What really makes martial arts unique is our attention to character-building. Continue reading