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February

Testing for Color Belts, Training for Black Belts

ATA Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Lakeville

Our Color Belts are training hard this week and next for their upcoming graduation next week on February 21.  The beginner, intermediate, and advanced color belt students been sharpening their skills for Songahm 3, In Wha 1, and In Wha 2, respectively, and we instructors are looking forward to seeing how their martial arts techniques and power have improved over the past three months.  Beginner students will also show off their performances of the first Songahm 3 one-step, and our leadership students will present what they've learned about the ssahng jeol bong, self-defense, and breaking boards with a round kick.

Coincidentally, the next day starts our region's two-day instructor/black belt camp at Okoboji Lutheran Bible Camp near Sprirt Lake, Iowa.  One hundred fifty to 200 of our region's black belt students - including the high-ranked instructor-students in the region - will be telling us about the latest in the ATA and show us a lot of training and teaching techniques.  It's our chief instructor's favorite ATA event of the year, and other instructors at our academy enjoy being there, too.

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February

Upcoming events

ATA Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Lakeville

Our academy has some events coming up in the next two weeks.  These are all open to the public.

We hope to see you!

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February

Pennies and positivity

ATA Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Lakeville

During January, we've been focusing on positive thinking and actions.  There are two parts to this that we've been talking about in our classes:

"Garbage-dump thinking":  These are negative thoughts and words that come from within you and from others.  They limit your growth:  What grows in a garbage dump?  Just as you don't want garbage dumped at your feet and into your mind, don't dump garbage at others.

Positive words: People generally are quick to criticize, and there is a place and time for that.  But it's still criticism, even if it's meant in a good way.  Genuine, positive words spoken by you to someone about them can also help by letting them know directly from you how much they mean to you.  Examples of this can be (but, of course, aren't limited to) statements such as these:  "I'm glad you were in class today! It was very enjoyable to practice with you today." or "Your front kicks looked really sharp!  You seem to be catching on nicely!" or "Your great attidute today helped perk me up." But just saying the words to say the words isn't good enough.  You need to mean it and show you mean it, and that also means not saying it and expecting something in return.  Your kind words might be the only nice things that person had heard about themselves all day.

In the school, at the desk is a red cup with pennies in it and a clear jar with pennies.  We're asking our students that when someone tells them something kind or good about them to move a penny from the red cup into the clear jar.  When the jar fills up, we will celebrate with pizza party.  Let's make that party come sooner than later!

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January

To the competitors: Good luck!

ATA Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Lakeville

Good luck to all the competitors in our taekwondo in-school tournament today!  We applaud your courage for standing up and showing what you know!  Do your best, stay safe, and, of course, have fun!  And in your classes next week tell your fellow students how much fun these are so they can join you next time.

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January

A new Iowa tournament

ATA Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Lakeville

Last weekend was the first Sioux City Regional Tournament in Iowa.  (They had been in Sheldon for years.)  We had a small contingent with only six students competing.  Everyone did their best and had a great time!  The students who judged on Saturday had fun and also hoped their efforts helped to encourage the students they judged to be even better students.

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January

Breakin' boards and settin' goals

ATA Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Lakeville

On Saturday is the latest in our series of free Goal Setting through Board Breaking seminars.  How can causing one piece of wood to become two with just body parts make you a better person?  You'll have to come to the session and find out!

By the way, how are those new year's goals coming along for you?  Remember, everyone gets discouraged, and everyone slips up at some time (or times).  How successful you'll be depends on what you do next:  Do you give up and think you just can't do it?  Or do you tell yourself that no one is perfect, understand that everyone makes mistakes, and step back back on the road to success?

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December

"I resolve..."

ATA Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Lakeville

We mentioned in an earlier blog post that many of our students have made goals for themselves for 2013.  But why should we have all the fun?  What will you do to make yourself a better person in 2013?

Resolutions were discussed in a segment of the December 28, 2012, episode of National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation Science Friday ("Making Resolutions That Stick").  Some of the helpful items mentioned:

  • Your being realistic in your resolution and expectations will give you a greater chance of success.
  • Remember that these resolutions are lifestyle changes.  It's not as easy as one's switching brands of milk.
  • Seek social support. Make public your resolutions.  If people who care about you know about your struggle, they're more likely to help you.
  • Inspiration might get you started but won't keep you going.  Use what motivates you to get past the initial inspiration stage.
  • Keep it simple: Making one or two (related) resolutions increase your chances for success.
  • If you make a mistake, don't let it derail you.  Most people will slip up.  The successful resolver doesn't let it stop them.
  • It's a marathon, not a dash. If you keep moving toward your goal, you will reach it. If not this year, maybe you can have made great progress on it and reach your goal next year.  Even the runner who takes 8 hours to finish a marathon still finished the marathon.

We at ATA Leadership Martial Arts hope you have a happy and safe New Year's Eve!  We hope you do what you can to make your 2013 better than your 2012!

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December

Winter Camp has never been hotter

ATA Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Lakeville

We're in the middle of our annual two-day Winter Camp. 

Yesterday was "Forms Day."  Students got intensive instruction on the forms with which they are training: Songahm 3 for White, Orange, and Yellow belts;  In Wha 1 for Camouflage, Green, and Blue belts; In Wha 2 for Blue, Brown, and Red belts.  Black belts also received pointers and tips to sharpen up their forms.  Groups were created for skits, and in those groups, skits were created.

Today we are focusing on weapons.  At the end of the camp today, we will entertain ourselves with the completed skits and possibly congratulate some students who will have graduated to a new belt.  Everyone is having a great time and getting a good workout.

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December

Merry Christmas!

ATA Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Lakeville

If you celebrate it, we at ATA Leadership Martial Arts hope you have a merry Christmas!

Remember, there are no regularly-scheduled classes until January 2, 2013.  Enjoy your time away from classes, but remember, a martial artist can always find time to keep up on their training.