As our students already know, our academy is closed today. We wish all of our students yearning to learn the ways of taekwondo a happy and safe Independence Day!
Regularly-scheduled classes will resume on Saturday, July 6.
Tonight, our first degree recommended black belt (recommended) students will test to becom first degree (decided) black belts students! They've been training hard during the past 2 to 3 years, and we're so very proud of how far their taekwond has come! It seems just yesterday that they were white belt students. (They grow up so fast, don't they?)
We'll also have some students taking midterm tests toward their second- and third-degree black belts.
Wish them luck either in person or via other means!
The inaugral ATA North District Tournament this weekend went well for some of our students. The students earned seven district championships! The competition was tough, and there were some surprises. We congratulate them for their doing well through the tournament year and for becoming district champions!
The black belt district champions are now invited to participate in the ATA World Tournament of Champions in Little Rock, Arkansas, in early July. There they will compete with other district champions and those who already were invited because of their being a top-ten points earner during the year. It should be a very interesting tournament!
The inaugral ATA North District Tournament will be held tomorrow at Lakeville North High School in Lakeville. We will have a few of our students competing for a chances to represent themselves and their school at the ATA World Expo in July.
This tournament will feature the top 10 tournament point earners from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska. Other district tournaments will also be held this weekend, and a few more will be held next weekend. The winner of each event will be invited to the Tournament of Champions, part of the ATA World Expo, in July, where they can vie for the title of world champion.
Doors for the district tournament open at 7:00 and will go through the early afternoon. Come see the best taekwondo in this part of the country!
If today's rain has washed away your baseball or soccer game or practice, why not use that time to see how martial arts can help you on and off the field?
Come to our Open House today (Saturday, May 18), starting at 9:30 a.m. and going through midafternoon. We'll have our best on display. Check us out, you might be pleasantly surprised!
If you just want to learn a martial art, you can do that from a book. But if you want to learn martial arts and life skills in a positive, supportive, family environment, then we are your school.
Stop by today and see what we have to offer.
Raberge's ATA Leadership Martial Arts wishes a happy Mothers Day all the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, mother figures, mothers-in-law, mothers-to-be, and anyone trying to become a mother. It's your day! We hope you enjoyed it!
We've got a couple of very public events coming up in the next month:
Our next in our series of Parents' Nights Out will be on Saturday, May 11, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. We'll provide some snacks, fun, and entertainment for your children for just $20 per child or $30 for a famiily's worth of children. (At worst, that's $5 per hour, and where else can you find a good babysitter for that rate?). THe kids will have a coloring contest, and the winner will get a card worth 6 parents' nights out!
We've been a part of the Lakeville community for the past 11 years! To celebrate, we will host an open house all day on Saturday, May 18 at our school, 20818 Holyoke Avenue in downtown Lakeville. We'll have free donuts in the morning, hot dogs for lunch, a special class for our current and future students, and demonstrations by our students. We'll have an introductory Krav Maga class, too. Stop by, say "hi," and check us out. We might be just what you're looking for!
On June 1 will be the first ever ATA North District Championship. A handful of our students, who've been competing hard at tournaments since last summer, will be invited for a chance to earn a spot in the ATA Tournament of Champions at the World Expo in July. The tournament will be at Lakeville North High School, and it will be open to the public. Come and see the best that our area has to offer for taekwondo!
We've got a couple of taekwondo tournaments in the area this week.
Twin Cities Regional Tournament: This is one of the four regional tournaments in our region, It's one of the last regional tournaments of the season, so many competitors in the region (and the country) are jockeying for points. Excel Lifeforce Martial Arts in Woodbury is the host of the tournament, and the tournament will take place in Woodbury. We'll have a decent number of students in the tournament this weekend. A couple of our students will be taking a midterm test this morning, and our higher-ranked black belts will compete this afternoon. Tomorrow, all color belts, first-degree black belts, and younger higher-ranked black belts will compete. Some go for the competition; some go for the judging; but everyone goes to see their friends, have fun, and do their best.
Raberge's Warrior Challenge: Next Saturday, on April 27, our academy will host an in-school tournament. This is open to students at only our school. We will have a few nervous people partaking in their first tournament, and we always applaud them for having the courage to put on the line and show off what they've learned. We try to keep the mood very light and help the students have fun. Some of our students who started in these in-school tournaments have become state champions and have been a part of the ATA Tournament of Champions.
So let's wish good luck to everyone who'll compete this weekend and next weekend!
We will have another one of our great child safety seminars on Saturday, April 13 at 1:30 p.m. This free seminar is open to all children, students and nonstudents. We'll teach the children how to use self-defense breakaway techniques and how to deal with bullies.
All are welcome! Come to learn about safety!