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?”

1000 Kicks!

At a program on Thursday, I challenged the class (and myself) to do 1000 kicks. We talked about having strong fundamentals for tournament. We talked about Bruce Lee’s quote “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” We did some math (how many kicksContinue reading “1000 Kicks!”

Summer Camp Surprise Lessons

We held our first summer camp this past week. On the final day, we worked on this short film. The students embraced the entire project. We came up with the script together. They found/created props. They worked out scene locations. They choreographed the fight scenes. (One of the students, looking at the raw footage, exclaimedContinue reading “Summer Camp Surprise Lessons”

Getting Ready for Tournament!

All of our students are working hard to prepare for the upcoming J.K. Lee Fall Tournament of Champions. In class, we talk about what judges look for during the competition. The biggest lesson reviewed is that we need to focus on the fundamentals and always PRACTICE!  We are often asked, “How can I help my child get ready?” HereContinue reading “Getting Ready for Tournament!”

Finishing the Year Strong!

“Focus our eyes! Focus our minds! Focus our bodies!” This has been our mantra for June. When summer draws close our attention flies to the window so we’ve been discussing the importance of finishing the year with strength. We looked at it as if we were watching a movie or basketball game. You wouldn’t wantContinue reading “Finishing the Year Strong!”

The Power of a Positive Attitude

May is national Mental Health Awareness Month and in our classes we’ve been focusing on our ATTITUDE. We discussed how we have ATTITUDES and feelings about almost everything: school, math tests, reading logs, morning exercise, traffic, parents, teachers, bullies, bus rides, vegetables, piano lessons, push ups, shopping, siblings… the list went on and on. WeContinue reading “The Power of a Positive Attitude”

Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance!

It’s time again for tournament so we are reviewing the 5 P’s: Prior preparation prevents poor performance! We are working hard in class on our forms and board breaking kicks. It’s obvious how the Five P’s apply to competition but in our mat chat we take it a step further. We apply it to ourContinue reading “Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance!”

Celebrating National Nutrition Month!

March is National Nutrition Month! What you eat and drink is as an important part of your self defense practice as your blocks and strikes. Good food choices make your body and mind feel better! Everyone is different. There is no diet plan perfect for everyone. Make sure you listen to your doctor and pediatrician.Continue reading “Celebrating National Nutrition Month!”

Sabonim Says: Being Present

sabonim–a Korean term and title signifying a master level martial arts teacher/instructor Our theme for the coming spring and  end of the school year is maintaining focus.  We remind our students and parents that like everything we want to excel at, this takes practice. We play a game with our grade school students, a modifiedContinue reading “Sabonim Says: Being Present”

A Black Belt Example: Courtesy

It was a high energy class, the students enjoying the relays, kicks and punches, while showing respect to the instructors by listening and following directions the first time. But when we lined up to get a drink of water, multiple arguments broke out over who was where first. We sat back down and had aContinue reading “A Black Belt Example: Courtesy”