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Enter Now, Coloring Contest!

Hello everybody!  I wanted to share what the after school kids were…


Added by Jessica Merly on November 7, 2017 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Gratitude Challenge 2017

I love this challenge because I have so much to be thankful for and so many people to be thankful for.  I am thankful for my family, I am grateful for my friends,  I am thankful for all that I have and I am grateful for special students.  There is just so much to be grateful for :)!

This year I need to thank a very special person in my life.  She is…


Added by Claudia Vlcek on November 7, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Gratitude Challenge

 Thanksgiving and Veteran's Day are coming up this month which means it time to start thinking about the things that we are grateful for.   Every year we challenge you to think about some of the things that you are thankful for.  Here is the research behind gratefulness, as well as our challenge to you.  We will be working on our Gratitude Challenge with the kids during our Veteran's Day Camp on Friday, November 10th. Adults and Teens we encourage you to do a gratitude challenge, as well.…


Added by Krista Wells on November 1, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Mindfulness for Kids: Lesson Today

Today we worked with the kids with their mindfulness meditation and breathing meditation.  We keep it fairly simple, to sit, in good posture, and focus on breathing in silently through the nose, and exhaling a little more slowly.   And paying…


Added by MeLisa Turcott Strongheart on September 20, 2017 at 5:42pm — No Comments

Stuck in a rut on what to bring to feed your kids for MIMA Summer Camp?

Our kids are working so hard in our camps.  Not only do they do 3-4 formal martial arts classes per day, but they are also making daily trips to one of our amazing parks on Mercer Island.  They are playing active games, sports, and moving around most of the day.  This kind of activity burns a ton of calories-- plus kids grow so much during the summer, it's sometimes hard to keep up with their caloric needs.  As, parents you want to keep your kids healthy, so I found this link via Cooking…


Added by Krista Wells on July 18, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Don't Miss Ninja Overnight!

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MeLisa Turcott Strongheart is a Master Instructor and owner a…


Added by MeLisa Turcott Strongheart on July 6, 2017 at 2:54pm — No Comments


Persistence:  finish what you start.   Persevere!   Such an important trait to develop.   Here is the worksheet to get kids going with how it works.…


Added by MeLisa Turcott Strongheart on June 1, 2017 at 6:13pm — No Comments

2nd Dan Questions, Examples of Things that Motivate you Most

I find the motivation to come to class on any given day comes primarily from seeking greater discipline and control. So when I feel tired and might want to surf the web at home instead of coming in, there’s a reminder that getting up will lead to more long term benefits, including being able to get up easier the next time. Being able to know exactly where my limits are and how to train at full effort are skills I’ve learned in the dojo, and have aided me in life outside as well. Apart from…


Added by Mithril Hugunin on May 20, 2017 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Uniform Etiquette

How to fold, and put on your uniform:

In martial arts -- there are traditions and rituals associated with the wearing, and tying of the belt and the uniform.  There are many reasons stated from different instructors, master’s and sensei about how these traditions have evolved.   It is,…


Added by MeLisa Turcott Strongheart on May 18, 2017 at 4:29pm — 1 Comment

2nd Dan Questions, Something I have learned since becoming a black belt

    Being a black belt has shown to me the difference between teaching and leading. When I first received the rank, the responsibilities of being a black belt seemed immense. I had this impression that as a leader in the group, I needed to know every form and every kick by heart. It took months of…


Added by Mithril Hugunin on May 16, 2017 at 3:40pm — No Comments

2nd DAN BB Leadership Project

My leadership project was done in conjunction with my volunteer effort with the local chapter of the Red Cross. I have been a Red Cross volunteer for almost five years and work in the DST group. This is the group which manages the IT and communication for the Red Cross. As one of the more technical members of the team, I was asked to lead an effort for building out a new communication system…


Added by Kenny Richards on May 16, 2017 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Ryan's volunteered at the Mercer Island Half Marathon


Added by Nilda Rublica on May 16, 2017 at 11:26am — No Comments

Ryan's favorite martial arts kick.


Added by Nilda Rublica on May 16, 2017 at 11:20am — No Comments

Ryan's 5 Living Heroes

1)  Dr. Anthony Azakie - When I was born, I had a heart defect called “Transposition of the Great Arteries” or TGA.  I was a blue baby and that I didn’t have enough oxygen.  When the doctor found out, they had to take me to the Children’s Hospital in San Francisco, California when I was 3 days old and Dr. Azakie was my pediatric surgeon who did an open heart surgery when I was 6 days old.  He saved my life and that’s why he’s one of my living hero.


2)  Nilda Rublica - My mom is…


Added by Nilda Rublica on May 15, 2017 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Ryan's Blackbelt Essay Questions and Answers

  1. What are my goals upon having reached black belt for my future training and learning?

My goals are to learn the new forms and techniques for my belt level.  To continue improving on what I already have learned and continue learning new techniques.  To get stronger through practice.  Practice kicking higher, stronger and quicker.  Practice my punches to be quicker and harder.  Practice my blocks to be quicker and more accurate.

 2.  What kind of black belt will I…


Added by Nilda Rublica on May 15, 2017 at 10:23pm — No Comments

Cho Gyo Nim Merly's Essays

What I have achieved in life related to what I have learned in dojang?

When I first started Martial Arts, I had ailments that have affected the left side of my body, since I started working out and stretching, I find that I feel so much better, the pain is not as intense, I feel fantastic…


Added by Jessica Merly on May 12, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments


One thing that I have told people time and time again during sparring or in class is to ‘just breathe’ and relax. This will be a story of how I had to take my own advice.

I guess, I will start the story with this; over the past few weeks, I have been talking to someone who brought back some memories…


Added by Ken Li on May 11, 2017 at 6:31pm — No Comments

My Black Belt Goals

My Black Belt Goals

When I pass my test, my black belt goals are:

1.      Work hard on my technique, become more accurate and precise

2.      Learn more about the traditions of Tae Kwon Do so I…


Added by Susanne Blaberg on May 10, 2017 at 6:27pm — No Comments

What Kind of Black Belt will I Be?

What Kind of Black Belt will I Be?

I’d like to be the kind of black belt that with my own experience and knowledge, anyone (kid or adult) feel they can approach. I’d like to be a responsible black belt, one that can correct someone if I see they are not doing something…


Added by Susanne Blaberg on May 10, 2017 at 6:24pm — No Comments

My Living Heroes -Graham Smyth

1. Valerie Polack

Valerie Polack, known to me as Val, is a dear friend and mentor who lives right here on Mercer Island. Through her kindness and generosity, Valerie has taught me over the years what it means to be selfless, and to give without thought of return. Valerie has also contended with…


Added by Graham Smyth on May 10, 2017 at 5:12pm — No Comments

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