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Check These Out! Board Breaking

These are videos from the last test!  Congratulations to all the Red belts, and Blackbelts who passed their tests in October 2018!

The videos can be found in the "video" area on this page.   Here is the link:…

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Added by MeLisa Turcott Strongheart on November 7, 2018 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Pass this is on...so excited for the halloween party this year

Added by Claudia Vlcek on October 22, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Recomendation Letter - Simona Lioy

I believe Marcello is a good candidate for a black belt promotion because of his hard work, dedication, and respect for the art. One quality of his that I admire and especially stands out is his ability to make a commitment and stick to it. This journey has had…

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Added by Marcello Lioy on October 15, 2018 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Recomendation Letter - Becky Haruyama

Dear Grandmaster Strongheart and Master Wells,

I am writing to you with the highest…

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Added by Marcello Lioy on October 15, 2018 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Community Service Project - Vera Project

For my community service volunteered at the Vera Project.  Vera is an all-ages volunteer-fueled music and arts venue, and its mission is to fuel personal and community transformation through collaborative, youth-driven engagement…

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Added by Marcello Lioy on October 14, 2018 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Goals for future training and learning as a new black belt

My primary goal upon receiving my black belt is to continue to train regularly; I greatly enjoy it, as it pushes me both physically and mentally.  One area that I feel I need to focus on is sparring – that is the most challenging aspect of the training for me.  I have a tendency…

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Added by Marcello Lioy on October 7, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

What Kind of Black Belt will I be?

I would like to be an approachable black belt, one that other students are comfortable coming to for help. I feel I have much to give as I have struggled through (and continue in many cases to struggle with) various techniques, or aspects of the forms and have noticed others…

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Added by Marcello Lioy on October 7, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Marcello's Living Heroes

My mother is someone I greatly admire; not only did she teach me to value tolerance, and judge people for who they are and not where they are from or what they look like, but she was also quite successful on her own terms.  My mother worked for various non-governmental organizations working in…

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Added by Marcello Lioy on October 7, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

Goals for future training and learning as a new black belt

Thank goodness learning never stops.  There is always something else to discover, some large concept to grasp, some better control to have, some tiny thing to master that makes a world of difference.  I hope to contribute more as a teacher, open up…

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Added by Tia Mikols on October 3, 2018 at 11:30pm — No Comments

What kind of black belt will I be?

I hope I will be a kind one who will help other people feel empowered and supported.  I want to be a good role model for my kids so they know that nothing worthwhile comes without effort.  I want to be the person who keeps showing up able to do the most with what I…

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Added by Tia Mikols on October 3, 2018 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Tia's Living Heroes

Living Heroes

Michelle Powell - My Mom is the strongest and bravest person I know.  She has chosen her own path even though it’s been hard, faced loss with grace, stood back when I need to stand on my own and been beside me when I needed it.  She is an amazing parent…

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Added by Tia Mikols on October 3, 2018 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Tia's Community Service and Project! Random Bags of Kindness

Random Bags of Kindness is something the kids and I have been doing for a while but have ramped up production for the black belt project.  We fill ziplock bags with items for homeless persons and keep them in the car to hand…

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Added by Tia Mikols on October 3, 2018 at 12:00am — No Comments

What are my goals upon having reached black belt for my future training and learning?/What kind of black belt will I be?

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

In the future, I hope to continue increasing my flexibility, confidence, and strength all of which martial arts has helped with but I…

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Added by Grant Shaw on September 29, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Living Hero

#5. Bill Nye

I remember as a kid always watching Bill Nye, “the science guy” and being fascinated by the show. I see now how corny it was, but that was not really the point. It got me interested in science and interesting things. As…

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Added by Grant Shaw on September 29, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Living Hero #3

#3. Duncan Moore

I meet Duncan through my school where I took some of his classes. He was also the one who led me down the path to finding one of my passions, scuba diving…Because of Duncan, I took a free introduction to scuba diving class. I admire Duncan because he spends time…

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Added by Grant Shaw on September 29, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Community Service Project for Black Belt

Leadership project.

For my hours as a community leader, I spent time working at the Rainier Valley Food Bank. My school, PSCS organized the project. Along with one teacher, we took a bus from the International District to the food bank. I…

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Added by Grant Shaw on September 29, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

My Living Heroes

#4. Charlie Jabaley

Unlike the other three heroes I mentioned, Charlie is someone that I don't personally know but I still think he is an inspirational person. Charlie…

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Added by Grant Shaw on September 29, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Living Hero #1

#1. Liana Green

Liana Green was my high school advisor for many years and I would consider her a good friend and mentor to me. Liana is passionate about things that she likes to do. Two of her passions…

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Added by Grant Shaw on September 29, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Living Hero #2

#2. Andy Smallman

Andy Smallman was the director of the school that I went to for high school and I can honestly say that he is one of the people that has helped shape…

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Added by Grant Shaw on September 29, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Martial Arts Training at MIMA Meets Kid's Activity Needs

According to KidsHealth.org children 6 - 12 years of  age need physical activity to build strength, coordination,  confidence — and to lay the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle.

They're also gaining more control over how active they are.

School-age kids should…

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Added by MeLisa Turcott Strongheart on April 25, 2018 at 6:53pm — No Comments

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