Oct 272014
 

“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.”

~ Anthony Robbins

You have an opportunity to take martial arts. You are in a great school and have great instructors. It takes a commitment from you, the student, but it also takes a commitment from your parents or guardians. They spend their time and money to get you to class. This opportunity is a gift, so you have a responsibility to do the best you can, come to class when you are supposed to, and show your parents or guardian that their time and money is appreciated. As a martial art student, you also have the opportunity to take what you learn, like motivation, determination, and respect, and use it in other situations, like when you are at school or with your friends.

1. Do you feel it is important to be the best you can be?

2. What can you do to be a role model to your friends?

3. How can you make the best use of your martial arts education?

Oct 202014
 

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

~ Alexander Graham Bell

When we suffer a disappointment, we tend to dwell on that feeling. When something doesn’t work out the way we want, we have to realize that it might not have been the right thing to begin with. After a loss or disappointment, we should try to change our situation, to prepare ourselves for the next time we try. Think about the lessons you learned from your first try. Why didn’t you succeed? If you didn’t work hard enough, if it wasn’t right for you to begin with, or if it was the wrong thing altogether; take the opportunity to discover what will work or what will be better for you to succeed and then try again.

1. What was your last disappointment?

2. How long did it take you to get over it?

3. Did you immediately try to do something different that worked better?

Oct 132014
 

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.“

~ Charles R. Swindoll

Have you ever wanted to do something, but gave up simply because you felt you couldn’t do it? Did you feel like it was just too difficult? Maybe it was, but maybe it wasn’t. You will never know what you can accomplish if you never try. Many people are afraid to try because they are afraid to fail. And they might fail, but never trying just because of fear is worse than simply not reaching a new goal. We should never be afraid to face an opportunity if it is something we really want. Even if someone else tells us it is impossible, that is just a chance to prove them wrong.

1. Are you afraid to try something new?

2. What are you afraid of?

3. Would you face your fear and try anyway? Why or why not?

Oct 102014
 

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

~ Thomas Alva Edison

According to Dictionary.com, an opportunity is a situation or condition favorable for attainment of a goal. It is a chance or prospect. Learning about opportunity can sometimes be confusing, especially since opportunities can be hard to see, even when they are right in front of you. Each of us has the opportunity to become a great martial artist, simply because we are here, in a place we can learn. Don’t take that for granted; nothing is a given. We are here because someone gave us the opportunity to learn a martial art. It is important to be grateful for this, and to see it for the opportunity it is.

1. What made you want to take martial arts?

2. Have you thanked your parents or guardians for this opportunity?

3. Do you think you should? Why or why not?

Sep 222014
 

The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are

there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.

Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t

want it badly enough.

– Randy Pausch

perseverance

Throughout life you will face obstacles. Unexpected twists and turns will make the path you choose to walk a little more difficult. Those complications are not excuses to stop moving forward. You should treat each new challenge as an opportunity to show how motivated, invested, and determined you are. By persevering through problems and difficulties, you become a stronger and more successful person.

1. How do you feel when you overcome a challenge?
2. Do you persevere even if you get tired?
3. What makes you keep going?

Sep 152014
 

“We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.

We must believe that we are gifted in something, and that this

thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”

– Marie Curie

perseverance

Each one of you is here on this earth for a purpose. It may be to grow up and be a phenomenal martial art instructor. It could be something completely different but equally worthy of respect. Taking martial arts now or for the rest of your life is a part of your greatness. Martial arts teaches so much; from being self-assured, to being motivated, to being physically fit. All of these qualities will help you reach your full potential and attain your goals. Regardless of the course you take, you will need the perseverance to stay that course, even when times get tough.

1. What kind of job would you really like to have?
2. What are you going to do to get that job?
3. What, if anything, could stop you from reaching your goal?

Sep 082014
 

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close

they were to success when they gave up.”

– Thomas A. Edison

perseverance

Do you know that, throughout history, success came to those who refused to give up? No matter what obstacle blocked their path, they found a way to get past it. These are the people who had perseverance and refused to let exhaustion, opposition, or doubt stop them they felt would be good for their community, their country, the world or even humanity as a whole. This is the mindset you need to have to get the most out of your life. Determine what you are destined to do and go for it. Never let anyone or anything stand in your way.

1. Do you know someone who is doing something they really wanted to do?
2. Are you willing to work hard for the things you want?
3. How will you know what you are supposed to do?

Sep 032014
 

“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing

the hard work you already did.”

— Newt Gingrich

perseverance

Perseverance is a crucial skill to have. Most of us either work or go to school all day and, when we are finally finished, we usually still have more work waiting for us somewhere else. Doing what needs to be done, doing it well, and doing it all the way is what perseverance is all about. You may have to go to school all day, just to have more work waiting for you at home. Do you want to do that homework? Usually no. But if you want to learn, get good grades, and be prepared for the next day, you will find a way to get it done. When participating in martial arts or any other after-school activity, you have to find the time to practice. These things prepare you for your future, when you will need to make a living and possibly take care of other people. This is just one reason why learning perseverance is so important.

1. How many things are you involved in outside of school?
2. What gives you the stamina to keep going?
3. Would you give up anything that you are doing now? Why or why not?

Apr 112014
 

On Saturday, April 5, 2014, we held our annual Egg Hunt and Free Intro Class Event. We had a great turn out this year. We gave out lots of prize baskets, and had a number of local business vendors come out to support the event.

First, our egg hunts were a big success. In addition to the numerous small prizes found in the eggs, many of the eggs contained tickets for either gift baskets or larger prizes that didn’t fit into the eggs. We had two tables full of prizes to give out.

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The vendors who graciously took their time to come out provided activities and products that everyone was able to enjoy. We’d like to give a special thank you to all of the vendors who were able to be at the event:

 

We’d also like to thank all of the parents, students and Target employees that volunteered to help with the event.

We held a bake sale to raise money for victims of domestic violence, and a bone marrow drive to support DKMS.

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After the hunts, we offered Free martial arts classes to all of our guests. 3-4 year olds and 5-6 year olds were part of our Mini Ninjas and Little Ninjas groups, respectively, which are you children’s martial arts programs. These guests learned listening positions, basic punches and kicks, lion push-ups and cat sit-ups.

7-9 year olds got their time on the floor to try out our martial arts programs. These students, as well as 10-12 year olds, fall into our Junior Tae Kwon Do program. Junior TKD students learn more detailed martial arts, with more advanced kicks, stances and self defense tactics.

The last group to try out our introductory martial arts classes was the 10 and older group. 10-12 year olds fall into our previously mention Junior Tae Kwon Do group, while the 13 and older students will be part of our adult tae kwon do program. These students also focused on detailed martial arts techniques and self defense tactics.

When it was all done, we ended up having a great day, with lots of wonderful guests who came by to participate in our egg hunt and check out our classes. And thanks again to all of the vendors who helped make this event successful.

Mar 162014
 

Our Dodgeball Tournament was a huge success!  This past Saturday, March 15, our martial arts students gathered with teams of their own creation to duel it out in the ultimate battle!  Five teams entered the studio, and by the end of the day, one team stood above the rest.  Thankfully, there was very little bruising (egos, mostly) and lots of excited players.  Everyone went home with a stomach full of pizza and a unique Crone’s Tae Kwon Do T-shirt immortalizing the event.

Congratulations to every team who played:

For more pictures of our Dodgeball Event  please visit our Gallery page.