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March

Bully for prevention!

ATA Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Lakeville

The next in the series of our occasional bully-prevention workshops is this Saturday, March 21, at 12:30 p.m.

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February

Busy February behind us

ATA Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Lakeville

Well, that certainly was a blast!  Let's look back at a couple of last month's events:

Black Belt camp last weekend was fun and informative, as always.  A couple students - one was a color belt! - of ours attended for the first time.  They said that it was a great experience.

Color Belt Graduation featured more than 160 students advancing toward their black belt goals.  For some, they're just starting on this taekwondo journey.  For others, they're nearly there, and the new first-degree (recommended) black belts will be testing in March.

The competitors in the inschool tournament had a ball!  Sure, some competitors were nervous, but they worked through it and did better than they thought they would!

 

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February

Busy February coming up

ATA Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Lakeville

First: Did you make your new year's goals?

Second: For it's being the dead of winter, it's going to be busy this month.  It's already been busy!  We've got the usual set of classes, of course, but we've got lots of other events happening:

  • February 6: Commitment workout for our first-degree black belt (recommended) students
  • February 7: Level 1 instructor certification. Some of our students took the first step toward their becoming fully-certified instructors.
  • February 13: Color belt graduation.  All our students will show off to their friends, family, and fellow students what they've learned in the past three months, and really, since they've started their martial arts training.
  • February 14, morning: In-school tournament.  Putting their knowledge on the line will be many students from our school. It's always fun and exciting!  The competitors are nervous, but they push through their fear, coming out on the other side smiling!
  • February 14, evening: Parents Night Out with glow-in-the-dark nunchucks!
  • February 20-21: All our instructors (even some of our new level 1 instructors) will be at regional black belt camp.  There, they will mingle and learn with other instructors across the region, including the region's masters.  It's 24 hours of workouts, camaraderie, learning, and fun!  Oh, and some sleep.  Maybe.

And if you look into March, you'll see black belt testing on March 6.  We'll have a special guest judge - Master Blomquist from Fusion Martial Arts - and students from Mr. Ginther's ATA school in Hastings.  It's sure to be a blast!

If any of these things intrigue you, visit our website or give us a call!

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December

Don't make new year's resolutions

ATA Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Lakeville

Whaaat?  But I'm supposed to!

Well, sure, if you'd like to be like everyone else.  You can also fail at those resolutions like nearly everyone else.  It's said that 90 percent of resolutions go unmet. But instead of following the crowd and making vague promises of "doing better" this year, make new year's goals.

What's the difference?  Resolutions are vague promises to do better at something.  "Spend more time with the kids," "Try for that promotion at work," "Quit smoking," and "Lose some weight" are all good things to strive toward, but what do you mean by more time? When will you try for that promotion?  How will you quit smoking?  What do you plan to do to lose weight?

Make your goals S.M.A.R.T.:

  • Specific: Exactly what do you want to do?  With whomWhen is your time frame to accomplish this? How will you do it?
  • Measurable: How much do you want to accomplish in order for you to call it a success?  Lose twenty pounds?  Spend 30 minutes a day with each kid?  How much?  How many?  Without this number, you don't really know if you met your goal.  Get a number and stick to it.
  • Attainable: Ensure it's something you can do in the time frame you allow yourself.  You can't (and if you can, you shouldn't) lose 20 pounds in January.  Closely related to a goal's being attainable is its being ...
  • Realistic:  Is this a goal that you're willing to put the time and energy toward?  If you think your goal is a little too much there are two ways you can deal with that:  1) Even if you don't achieve your goal, you'll be in a better place than you were at the start of the year, or 2) Make smaller goals along the way. Changing a behavior is hard.  Sometimes it's easier to go "cold turkey," and sometimes it's easier to ramp down (or up) to the new habit or behavior.
  • Timely: When do you want to get that promotion at work?  By the end of the year?  By summer?  Someday?  (Well, not someday, that doesn't fit in with this framework.)  The more urgent something is, the more you're willing to work at it.  Some people procrastinate with their goals.  "Oh, I can do that in the second half of the year."  Sure, but why?  Unless there's something really preventing you from completing your goal as quickly as possible, why not work on it now?  Get that goal out of the way!

Goal-making doesn't have to be limited to January 1, nor to the current calendar year.  Suppose you make your goal to get all As in your classes at school.  Congratulations!  Now what?  Well, how about taking an honors class in the fall?  Or if you get that promption in April, why not set a goal for that next promotion in a year?

Students in taekwondo (or any martial art) have goals, usually for that next belt of theirs.  Sometimes it's to learn a weapons form, or to advance to a championship match.  But as soon as one goal is acheived, it's time to make another one.  We're always moving ahead, moving forward, to better ourselves.

So don't resolve to do better next year.  Plan to do better next year by making S.M.A.R.T. goals.

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December

Merry Christmas!

ATA Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Lakeville

We at Raberge's ATA Leadership Martial Arts wish our students and our friends who celebrate it a merry Christmas!  However you celebrate it, have a great one with those close to you.

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December

Happy Festivus!

ATA Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Lakeville

We at Raberge's ATA Leadership Martial Arts wish the rest of us a happy Festivus!

May your airing of grievances be short, may your feats of strength be successful, and may you experience many Festivus miracles.

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December

Happy Hanukkah!

ATA Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Lakeville

We at Raberge's ATA Leadership martial arts wish our students' and our friends of the Jewish faith a happy Hanukkah!  We hope the time spent with your friends and family duing this year's Festival of Dedication is a joyous and fulfilling one.

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December

A handful of new black belts

ATA Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Lakeville

We've got five students who will begin their real training as fresh new black belts.  It was great to see the result of three years of hard work, perseverance, integrity, commitment to test.  Congratulations to all of them!

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November

Happy Thanksgiving!

ATA Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Lakeville

Okay, we're a day late.

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday and that you were able to spend some of it with those who are special to you.

We at Raberge's ATA Leadership Martial Arts are thankful for our students.  We are grateful that each of them made the decision to learn not only martial arts, but learn it with us.  We know that it wasn't just the martial arts that they came for, but the life skills, families training together, and the community.  We are thankful for each and every one of our students.