No Classes: Saturday 8/8 - 8/16/2020
Resume All LMAC Activities: Monday 8/17/2020
Finally. Too many months with too little breaks caught up to me. I deeply appreciate everyone's support for my time off. Everyone, have a great week. Kids, good luck in your first day of school.
Life Martial Arts Center's "Virtual Dojang"
Change can be stressful. So can the unknown. Combine both and, well, our entire world is experiencing this.
Three months ago, the unknown aspect was wide and deep. As the martial arts school owner and person responsible to my students, parents and instructors, my burden was to be relevent to their needs in a stressful and unknown time. No idea, nothing, was off the table if I thought it would ease their burden. As far as the martial arts aspect was concerned, I simply hoped they could "tread water," to maintain some semblance of a status quo with their technical ability. But in reality, I had little idea of how to help them achieve that. I've watched both kids and us adults struggle with the unprecedented time brought on by this corona virus pandemic and I knew I needed to help them cut through this stress in a meaningful way.
Breakfast Tickets: $5 each
Our community Kiwanis Club is leading the effort to replace worn-out playground equipment at Oak Mountain Elementary School. Life Martial Arts Center, on behalf of everyone in our school, is proud to contribute to this effort.
In addition to donating $250 as a Silver Sponsor, we are providing two coupons for new students worth $304 each, for the fundraiser's Silent Auction. Every penny from all sponsors and all Auction winning bids goes directly to the playground effort.
I have fond memories of eating Kiwanis pancakes with my family as a kid. I encourage all our LMAC families to participate in this. Our auction packages are also a great opportunity for friends who may be interested in martial arts classes to both donate to a great cause and join a wonderful group of people learning Tang Soo Do and growing together!
This quick-read article explains why we do some of the different, "crazy" things we do. It's much more than, for example, changing the way we practice a hyung to keep it from being boring (the common reason I hear for changing it up. I never change for boredom.) I approach things differently simply to help us engage in our training and deepen our understanding of the cool things we're learning.
So, when designing an exercise think about how your approach might positively affect you and your students' learning. When evaluating results, did your idea work the way you thought it would? Did the class understand and grow toward your purpose?
Remember, your goal and purpose might be for one exercise or an entire class. But don't stop there. How about when hosting a clinic? Strategies for growing toward a purpose might be planned for a month, for several months to the next successful belt rank exam.
To meet their goals and purpose, the best schools plan their curriculum for the entire year!
When planning your classes, how do you align your exercises with our school's purpose?
(Photo - Grayson, from his "Pyung Ahn Chop Dan." Real engagement, deepening understanding.)
Good Sunday afternoon, everyone.
Here's a list of some recent changes in the LMAC MyStudio phone app. Let me know what you'd like to see included on it.
MyStudio PHONE APP
In the [SHOP] tab at the bottom:
- Under "Curriculum Materials": Gup and Dan manuals can be purchased in the app. Every student receives a Gup manual when they join the WTSDA as a white (or Orange) belt. And they receive a Dan manual when they earn First Degree Black Belt. If you loose yours...
- Under "Patches, Trim": Fabric for dobohk trim can be purchased in the app. When a student earns solid green, brown or red belt, they receive trim for one dobohk. Gup and Dan uniform fabric can be purchased when dressing out extra uniforms.
- Under "Sewing": Sewing of patches and trim can now be ordered through the app. Hemming of uniform sleeves and pants can also be ordered.
Good Sunday afternoon, everyone.
This week's schedule:
After speaking with several people, most everybody will be spending time with family Thursday. As it should be.
We will begin summer extra classes soon, working on a schedule now. A lot is going on with gup rank exams and tournament soon after. And that Black Belt exam coming up in September...
Speaking of gup rank exams, after evaluating everyone in this past week's classes I believe everyone is ready. Separate emails will go out for that later. Saturday, July 27th, 4:00-5:30pm, is the schedule. The exam process will be tightly scheduled with younger and lower ranks finishing first, and higher ranks continuing through their requirments.
Summer 2019 at the "Hix Dojang" is in full swing! It's been a challenge but because of smart, patient students and parents it's a success. We're making adjustments in how we teach and practice and all students are buying in.
In a way, it mirrors the growth of martial arts through history. The development of ideas and techniques has been, and continues to be, influenced by many factors. Politics and commerce. Social norms. A region's weather patterns.
And geography. It's generally accepted that the old hyung, that have been shared among martial arts societies over time, reflect the geographic region where they were originally developed and practiced in ancient China. Hyung from the northern mountainous region were developed in a cooler climate and taught concepts that had to take into account smaller indoor spaces. (Like the "Hix Dojang!")
The northern and central regions have a cool climate and martial artists did much of their training indoors in limited space. The Nae Ka Ryu styles focus more on breathing, meditation and health concerns. They characteristically incorporate stable, slower moves and concentrate on quiet, dynamic power and deliberateness of movement. The Naihanchi Hyung, Sip Soo, Jion, Shi Shan, Sei Shan and Tae Kuk Kwon are some well known examples of this style of movement.
Traditional Tang Soo Do, Volume II, The Basics. Oct. 2003. Pg. 118
6/11/2019 Tuesday - no class
6/13/2019 Thursday - no class
6/18/2019 Tuesday - back to regular schedule
Summer classes are set! I've got everything running and am ready for you to switch over to my system.
It's been a lot of work but worth it; LMAC's MyStudio app is now ready for prime time more than ever. It's the easiest way for you to manage your account. Here's the link:
As a way of saying 'thank you,' I'm offering a SUMMER SPECIAL! Package that is a discount on 4 months' prepayed tuition which also includes an LMAC Uniform t-shirt. Once you set up your account I'll guide you to the correct class if you need where you can take advantage of the special, or choose the month-to-month feature.
This app is very clean and easy to use. (Of course, I've been living with it for a while. But it really is easy.)
I don't have the new scheduled times or group descriptions on the website yet but they're in the app. And I'm segmenting student ages into clearer groups. Briefly, they are:
Tuesday / Thursday
Ages 5 to 6 - 5:30 - 6:15pm - Little Dragons
Ages 7 to 9 - 5:30 - 6:30pm - ADVANCE Martial Arts
Ages 10 - 14 - 6:30 - 7:45pm - EXTREME Martial Arts
Ages 15+, Adult - 6:30 - 8:00pm - LIFE Martial Arts
As always, email, text or call if questions. Students and their families have always been my honor to serve and help grow. That will never change. And I believe this next step for Life Martial Arts Center will allow me to serve each of you even more deeply.