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Counselor in Training Program

Posted by MeLisa Turcott Strongheart on May 18, 2015 at 8:00pm 1 Comment

We have had a lot of questions regarding our training for future camp counselors --- our Counselor In Training Program -- so thought we would pass on the info here.   If you are interested in finding out more, or to see if your "tween" or teen, is appropriate for the program please feel free to contact…


A breif overview of Tae Kwon Do Sparring Rules

Posted by Krista Wells on May 14, 2015 at 9:30am 0 Comments

We have recently had some questions about the sparring rules so I thought that I would quickly go over them. 

Here’s the basic rules:

 You can kick with any part of your foot below your ankle

 Only punching with a clenched fist and kicking are allowed in sparring.  No other techniques are allowed.  That means no sweeps, no mixed martial arts etc.

You can kick to two places.  Your opponent’s chest protector (hogu) or head

You can punch your opponent's…


Mercer Island Martial Arts Belt Meanings

Posted by Claudia Vlcek on April 28, 2015 at 2:52pm 0 Comments

I have had several students ask about the meanings of the belt, so here you go:


Is the first belt, represents a beginning, a purity and a lack of knowledge of the Martial Arts


Represents growth and exploration.  Now we see the need for more knowledge and dynamic techniques.


Represents the trees, the roots are now firmly planted and we reach up into the sky for light and greater…


The Intent and Purpose of the Experiential Leadership Requirement

Posted by MeLisa Turcott Strongheart on April 28, 2015 at 2:00pm 2 Comments

A black belt is automatically put into a leadership position upon donning the belt.   We find this is a transition, that is shocking, without having first spent meaningful time practicing, and experiencing what it is like.

 It will still be different upon becoming a black belt, but the practice will make it easier —less culture shock, if you will.  It helps also in the passing on of the traditions, and techniques of…


Persistence, Indomitable Spirit.

Posted by MeLisa Turcott Strongheart on April 21, 2015 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

Simple.  Right?

Not really.   I believe it takes practice.  

We try to teach with the little things, to try again, to boldly attempt, to have positive self talk, with learning how to get support, ask for help, determine who is on your team, to re-evaluate the approach.   To start with the small things, the "turn the…


What is the deal with the tips on the belt?

Posted by MeLisa Turcott Strongheart on April 13, 2015 at 5:17pm 0 Comments

A frequently asked question this week.   Here is the answer in about 3 min.




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