Why Stretch?

While we are staying home, it’s important to keep stretching! Stretching helps keep us flexible, improves balance, allows us to kick higher, builds strength, can reduce soreness, and aids in avoiding injuries. It allows us to practice our perseverance. Every time you repeat a daily stretch, you get a little better! Stretching improves your mood!Continue reading “Why Stretch?”

“Perseverance – You just keep trying!”

We reflected in class this week on what we learned at tournament. We discussed patience, fairness and the importance of practice. It was summed up perfectly by a five year old who was at his second competition. He had been disappointed not to earn a trophy his first time. He worked hard on his focus.Continue reading ““Perseverance – You just keep trying!””

On Perseverance

At our recent Gala supporting our nonprofit mission to make sure martial arts are available to all youth, one of our students took center stage: See the video here: https://videos.files.wordpress.com/aAaO1MpN/68745782_2880013532015540_1957387744847372770_n_hd.mp4 Thank you to everyone for your support!

Never Ending Improvement

Every time we promote to the next rank, we learn about what we need to do to get better. Belt tests help us set short and long term goals. They remind us of the importance of practice. The new year is always a super time to reflect on our goals! In class we talk aboutContinue reading “Never Ending Improvement”

Why We Test

Students at many of our program sites recently underwent a belt promotion exam often referred to as TESTING. Testing is an important part of the martial arts process. The various types of martial arts all approach testing differently but in┬ámost┬ácases rank is earned. In our program, testing is an opportunity to demonstrate what we’ve learned.Continue reading “Why We Test”