Krista Wells's Blog (61)

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.…

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Added by Krista Wells on November 1, 2017 at 10:30am — 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…

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

360 Degree Video of our Family Class Degree Video of our Family Class

We recently had the opportunity to have a woman by the name of Amy Scarfone come and film one of our family classes in a 360 degree video format.  If you have never seen this technology it is a really great way to experience a class.  When viewing it you will need to open it in Google Chrome or another web browser that supports 360 degree video formats.  I was also able to watch it on my iPhone. As you press the button to look around you can see all of the different particptants in the…

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Added by Krista Wells on January 18, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Gratitude Challenge

This month in honor of Thanksgiving and Veteran's Day we are focusing on "Gratitude".

Mercer Island Martial Arts utilizes the latest research in areas such as positive psychology and exercise physiology to create a martial arts program that is both modern and mixed with martial arts traditions.   Here is just one of the many activities that we are currently doing with our students along with a short description of what positive psychology…

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Added by Krista Wells on November 1, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

October is National Anti-Bullying Month

Hey Everyone,

October is National Anti-bullying month and this month we will be talking with the students about the impacts of bullying, how to handle a bully, as well as, if the child is a bully.  Here are some great resources and websites for your…

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Added by Krista Wells on October 6, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Eating healthy is self defense: Organic fruits and Vegetables

I try and eat organic as often as possible, and I love fruits and vegetables; however eating organic is can be more expensive.  So, when is it okay to by non-organic fruits and vegetables? 

The Environmental Working Group has a list of fruits and vegetables that are okay to eat non-organic and others that you should always buy organic.   Sometimes referred to as the "Clean Fifteen", these are the ones eating non-organic is fine.   The so called, "Dirty Dozen" are recommended to always…

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Added by Krista Wells on September 15, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

10 Reasons to eat more fruits and veggies

  • Fruits and Veggies are pretty and they add color to your plate
  • They ar e easy to eat and can be found in abundance
  • Fruits and Veggies are high in Fiber which helps you feel and stay satiated
  • Low in calories
  • High in…
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Added by Krista Wells on March 31, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Thanksgiving Volunteers Needed--via the Mikols Family

Hi MIMA Friends!
Every year St. Thomas Episcopal Church partners with Hopelink Eastside to provide full Thanksgiving meals for families in need.  We prep, cook, package and deliver these complete meals to people who have signed up to receive them at the Hopelink offices.  Last year we distributed 1200 meals in the community.  This is an outreach program that is open to anyone and everyone and likewise we get volunteers from all over including other churches, schools, girl…
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Added by Krista Wells on November 9, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Gratitude Challenge

November is all about giving thanks.  Thanks at Thanksgiving, thanks to our Veteran's, thanks to our families and friends. Every year we ask you to think about what it is that you are thankful for.  We will be doing this at our Veteran's Day Camp on November 11, but you don't have to be at the camp to participate and we encourage adults to participate as well:

Mercer Island Martial Arts utilizes the latest research in areas such as positive psychology and exercise…

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Added by Krista Wells on October 31, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Bullying from a kids perspective

October is Anti-Bullying Month and we have been talking with the kids about bullying.  After much discussion we asked the children to write or draw a story about bullying.  This child's story was our winner.  She has been training with us for the past 2 years.  …

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Added by Krista Wells on October 21, 2015 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Fun Run for a Good Cause!

This Sunday is the 9/11 Hero's Run.  I (Master Wells) is putting together a team to run with me at the 2015 9/11 Heroes Run on September 13, 2015. I will be doing the 5k you can run, walk, or jog it.     If you are interested in registering please click this link and register with the Mercer Island Martial Arts team you…

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Added by Krista Wells on September 8, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

A breif overview of Tae Kwon Do Sparring Rules

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…

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Added by Krista Wells on September 1, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Bullying education from a kid

Added by Krista Wells on June 10, 2015 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Announcements, May 28, 2014

End of the school year party from 4-7pm, Friday June 13.  This party is open to everyone it will be tons of fun and it's free!…

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Added by Krista Wells on June 2, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Valentines Day Parent's Night Out!!

Please Join us this Friday, February 14 from 6-10pm for our Valentine's Day Party.   Here's what the kids have to say about it

Added by Krista Wells on February 12, 2014 at 3:40pm — No Comments

Latest Addition to MIMA News

Added by Krista Wells on November 6, 2013 at 8:21pm — 1 Comment

MIMA News 2nd Edition

Check out MIMA News put on by the kids at Mercer Island Martial Arts

Added by Krista Wells on October 24, 2013 at 7:16pm — 1 Comment

Talking about proper hand technique...

Added by Krista Wells on October 16, 2013 at 4:26pm — 1 Comment

Building Confidence



For the next several weeks we will be discussing the importance of building one's confidence.  In this    week's lesson we will focus on "Engaging in Positive Self-Talk"…
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Added by Krista Wells on December 20, 2012 at 3:56pm — 1 Comment

Readers' Choice: Mercer Island Martial Arts Tops in Poll

Congratulations to Mercer Island Martial Arts, winner of our 2012 Readers' Choice poll for favorite Martial Arts School!

Mercer Island Martial Arts, which got just under half of the poll's 6,6,76 votes, practices a mix of traditional and modern martial arts, and is a proudly-local institution in the Town Center. Black-belt…

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Added by Krista Wells on March 23, 2012 at 2:06pm — No Comments

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