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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,…

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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…

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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…

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

Ryan's volunteered at the Mercer Island Half Marathon

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Added by Nilda Rublica on May 16, 2017 at 11:26am — 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…

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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…

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

Breathe

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

Graham Smyth: Black Belt Requirements

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

 

In addition to advancing my knowledge and skill in Tae Kwon Do, I’m also very interested in better learning how to teach and mentor our newer and younger students. My time spent at Mercer Island Martial Arts over the course of my life has been…

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Added by Graham Smyth on May 10, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Recommendation for Susanne Blaberg from Casper Rublowsky

  Susanne Blaberg is a great leader, competitor, and most importantly a great mother.

My mom is an amazing leader, she helps me and my sister stay on track, helping us in all sports, and school work if she knows it or not. A great leader has flexibility, and confidence my mom shows this when she gets an email about sport location changes last minute, and needing to dive me to 2 practices in a row. She knows we won't come home…

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Added by Susanne Blaberg on May 9, 2017 at 7:26pm — 1 Comment

My Community Service Project, Women's Self-Defense Seminar at MIMA

For my community service project I have put together with the help of Grand Master Strongheart and Master Wells a women’s self-defense class at the do-jang. Reading and hearing on the news a lot about women getting attacked I thought it would be a great idea for women to know how to protect themselves in case of an attack. I have invited friend and…

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Added by Susanne Blaberg on May 9, 2017 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Applying Tae Kwon Do in other schools

In the six years I’ve trained here at Mercer Island Martial Arts, going from my last year of elementary school, through middle school, and into greater half of high school, I have always found that the…

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Added by Mithril Hugunin on May 9, 2017 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Recommendation for Susanne Blaberg from Tia Mikols

To:  Grandmaster Strongheart and Master Wells

Fr:  Tia Mikols

Re: Letter of Recommendation for Susanne Blaberg

 

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It’s really…

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Added by Susanne Blaberg on May 9, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

2nd DAN BB Essay - What I could have done better and how I changed because of it.

When I first started studying at Mercer Island Martial Arts, I really didn’t expect to like it and only took a class because my son wanted me to take the family class with him. But when I discovered how much fun it was, I got very ‘serious’ about it. Like many beginners, I was really…

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Added by Kenny Richards on May 9, 2017 at 12:24pm — No Comments

2nd DAN BB Essay - Something that has helped me with my technique and development as a Martial Artist

Something which has helped with my technique and development as a Martial Artist, and especially with my ability to learn new techniques is the concept of 'going slowing'. I do not know where I heard the phrase originally, but it seems to apply all the time in Taekwondo; “Sometimes you…

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Added by Kenny Richards on May 9, 2017 at 12:20pm — No Comments

2nd DAN BB Essay - Examples of things which motivate me most in regards to my training

Prior to starting Taekwondo, all forms of exercise had a finite life expediency for me. At the point when I started feeling comfortable or hit some basic level of competency, I would get bored and quickly lose interest. When that happen, I would quickly stop whatever the activity was. What I have found with Taekwondo is a never-ending stream of new…

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Added by Kenny Richards on May 9, 2017 at 12:16pm — No Comments

2nd DAN BB Essay - Something I have learned since becoming a Black belt

Something I have learned since becoming a black belt is how important it is to listen to how your body feels. As one of the ‘older’ students on the mat most nights, I am continually faced with limitations that come from getting old. I have the added challenge of…

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Added by Kenny Richards on May 9, 2017 at 12:06pm — No Comments

2nd Dan Questions, Where I Could Have Done Better

Where I could have done better, and how I changed because of it?

    The first few weeks I assisted with teaching the children’s classes, I struggled to lead any group without constant help. Anything more complex than running forms would…

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Added by Mithril Hugunin on May 9, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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