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A Bash for Back-to-School Buddies

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This weekend we had our second annual Back-to-School Buddy Bash and Carnival!  Dozens of kids had their faces painted, dropped ping pong balls, shot NERF guns, tossed bean bags, and competed in burlap sack races.  The grand prize was a leadership uniform and enrollment in the certified trainer program!



ATA Back to school: Read to your kids!

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(This text was recently sent to the students of Raberge's ATA Leadership Martial Arts.)

Organizing schoolwork would be a breeze for many students if they only follow a few simple tasks on a routine basis. Very often it’s the small details of daily life that slow you down.

The following are some suggestions to maintain good school grades and to be a successful student:

First impressions are often the only impressions you get to make. Make your teacher’s first impression of you one that will help you get good grades and all the help you can use.

Remember that your first few classes are your most important classes. This is where you get off on the right foot and to a good start. Concentrate and be alert so you can do your best. 

Your room is your castle and your office. Be sure to make it orderly and functional. Keep it clean.

Prepare for tomorrow the night before. Set out your clothes for the next day. Pack your backpack with your completed assignments and books you used. Put it an accessible place so it is ready to go in the morning. Get a good night’s rest.

Start the day in a relaxed and purposeful manner. Set your wake up clock with enough time to do what you have to do in the morning. Thirty minutes is never enough to get ready for school, and it is not fair to you, your grades, or your teacher.

Be on time for school and your classes. Late is never good, while early is almost always the way of the winner.

The best time to do your homework is right after you get home.

You will have a better chance of remembering that day’s instruction, and less of a chance if you chose other distractions first. Do it now! The best time is now!

Rule your own life. If you let the television, video games, or your friends rule your life, then you will not be the winner you should be. You have a life of your own. It is worthwhile and meaningful. Rule it yourself.

Learn how to hang up the phone or stop texting. Use respect, but hang up anyway. Your teachers will not accept a 2-hour text session as a reason for poor or incomplete homework. Learn to say, “Can I please call you back in 30 minutes?”

Walk away from situations or people that will destroy your mental or physical growth. Rule your own life.

Make good use of small blocks of time. There is no rule that says you have to lay comatose while listening to music or watching TV. Do some of the easy stuff at those times.

Have a positive relationship with your parents and your teachers, and always maintain respect.  Show respect at all times, and you will do much better.

Be selective in choosing your friends. You do not have to be friends with the whole school. Pick out a few people who are headed in the same direction in life that you are. If you hang out with the respectful, intelligent, and safe people, then you will be respectful, intelligent, and safe. Think about it.  You tell your best friend that you can only talk to him/her for a few minutes because you have homework. Do they get upset? If your friends cause you to skip the important things, then they are not your friends. If they understand because they are doing the same thing, then you will never be under pressure to do the wrong thing. PIck your friends with care. You are with the time.



Everyone survived

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Remember that post a week or so ago about some of our students' (and Mr. Raberge's) going for a skydiving expedition?  Yeah, that finally happened this past weekend.

Everyone had a great time!  There was a lot of just waiting around, but we got to talk and see the other skydivers through the afternoon.  But we were rewarded by a short airplane ride into the air and a gorgeous view as we fell to earth.

We hope that next time we can get more than five people.




Hoping for a great fall

ATA Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Lakeville

Later today, a half dozen of students and other parents from our school will be jumping on purpose out of a perfectly good airplane at 12,000 feet.

Our chief instructor and school owner, Mr. Raberge, will fullfil a long-held desire of his to go skydiving.  The small group of us will be visiting Skydive Twin Cities this afternoon to help him and us experience our first extended freefall.  They say it's safe.



Turtle power!

ATA Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Lakeville

We had the latest in our occasioinal Movie and a Class series yesterday.  About 60 students, parents, and friends attended a special just-for-us showing of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the Lakeville 21 Theater.  After the movie, we had a special board breaking class at the school.  Everyone had a great time!



Ramadan Kareem

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We at ATA Leadership Martial Arts wish a Ramadan Kareem to our Muslim friends!



A clean park

ATA Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Lakeville

Yesterday, some of our students picked up garbage at Aronson Park. We had recently adopted this park, and this was the first of our clean-up sessions.  With much credit to the residents of Lakeville, the park was pretty clean already, but the recent heavy rains had conglomerated and revealed some of the not-obvious garbage.  We were able to finish before the mosquitoes discovered we were there.



A thank you for the ultimate sacrifice

ATA Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Lakeville

We at Raberge's ATA Leadership Martial Arts are grateful to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  May your deeds and names never be forgotten.



Our house is open!

ATA Martial Arts & Kids Karate of Lakeville

To celebrate our martial arts school's being a part of the Lakeville and Farmington communities for the past 12 years, we will have an Open House on Saturday, May 17!  Here's the schedule:

10:00 - Coffee and donuts
10:30 - Family and friends class: EVERYONE!
11:15 - Demo Team demonstration
11:30 - Lunch

Also, all pro shop items are 20% off.

Everyone, especially those who aren't students yet, are welcome to stop by and find out what it is about our academy that's been producing community-leading black belts for the past dozen years.  Come and talk with us to find out who we are, what we do, why we do it.