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nine_doctrines.gifMy life as a black belt will vary depending on my further goals and the type of black belt I want to be.

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

I will go for instructor. This will require my own nunchuck/sword form (one of each), but I may need to improve my sword skills. I will need to learn new Chung kals and the back belt form. Then, I might go for master. While I am a black belt, I might teach classes, but not be too strict. I might also go

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my 5 living heroes

jackie-chan-12-480w.jpg5 of my living heroes 

  • Jackie Chan is a chinese comedy action actor/stuntman, and is considered one of the main Chinese actors to break into America's film industry
  • Ms. Bordelon was my 4th grade teacher, and she actually made Language arts and social studies, which I didn't like, really fun
  • Ms. Fontana was my 6th grade math teacher, and she was the first teacher I had that I felt like really was interested in math, and made me interested in math 
  • My cello teacher is reallly, really into cello, and m
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My 5 living heroes

3820648762?profile=originalThese are my 5 living heroes. All of them somehow inspired me.


•My dad got me interested in several things, such as computer science and stories.

•My brother Miles got me interested in Minecraft and music.

•John Feng, a parents’ friend/physics professor, got me interested in quantum physics.

•My friend’s dad, Eric Wilfrid expanded my interest in computer science.

•My uncle John got me interested in airplane mechanics expanded my interest in math.


For some of these, I didn’t even know they would inte

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Gratitude Challenge

I have so many people in my life to be thankful for and I really should make a point to thank those that are so wonderful to me.  It is so difficult to choose one, but this individual popped into my mind because they are kind, loyal and someone who is definitely inspiring to me.  This person has helped me when I didn't know that I needed help.  She is not only a friend but also someone I admire.  I think I could, well actually I know that I could go on for days about how great you are, so with t

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My Heroes

 Five of My Living Heroes 

(Not in a specific order) 

     1. P.K. Subban     

          P.K. Subban is a black professional ice hockey player for the Montreal Canadiens. P.K. is one of my heroes because he's an extremely talented hockey player and a role model for people everywhere. P.K. Subban won the Norris Trophy in 2013 as best defensemen in the NHL. Recently Subban donated ten million dollars to a children's hospital in Canada. Subban volunteers with youth hockey players routinely and has a g

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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 physiology to create a martial

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3820646542?profile=originalA 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 martial arts is a skill in itself.   And we believe that it is one of the resp

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Persistence, Indomitable Spirit.

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 hips a bit more", to twist the foot a bit more, widen the stance.   And the "getting up again" becomes a habit, a way of life.  And the stakes get higher, as we get more advanced

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You didn’t start your study of the martial arts to “go through the motions” of it all, did you? Of course you didn’t, but look around you in your next class and I’ll bet you spot a number of your classmates doing that very thing, going through the motions. It’s human nature to get distracted, to multi-task, and wander off course.

To deepen and strengthen your practice so that you stay on the mark and make reasonable progress, I offer you these 10 time-tested tips from Tom Callos:

1. As often as

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Recommendation for Ariel

When Ariel asked me to write a recommendation for his black belt I of course said yes, then thought now what do I say!Ariel is one of those quiet leaders on the floor. He was always ready to give it his all in class. I never saw him get flustered or upset no matter what we were doing. His leadership is in the attention to detail, the ever unflappable demeanor, all the while juggling a busy work and family schedule.
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CPR/AED Training Opportunity!

cprandaednofirstaid.gif?ox=Thank you to all of you who helped during our kick-a-thon to raise money for the AED (automated external defibrillator) that we now have on site at MIMA!  We have a trainer who will come on site on January 31 to certify staff and any additional member who is interested obtaining CPR and AED certification.  This is great for teens who may babysit during the summer, and also for any adult who is interested in learning or updating these important skills.  We will have 8 spots available for training

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My Heros

Hero.jpg?width=215My first hero is my Dad.  He has taught me so many things and doesn't even know it.  He is selfless, kind, caring, friendly and all around great person.  He retired early to help take care of his oldest grandchild and now he and my mom are taking care of 6 grandchildren while my brother, sister-in-law, wife and myself go to work.  He takes care of everyone even while he is sick himself.  You put him in a room of strangers and he'll make at least one new friend in the first 5 minutes.  He taught

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How about give someone an extraordinary experience with us?

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Everyday we will put our uniforms on, we plan, we train, and ready ourselves in order to give everyone who comes in to our school, something extraordinary.

Sometimes that is being there to motivate to get on that mat again, to move, to kick, to try something new.   And each day things get a little better, faster, more flexible, stronger.   Becoming more confident.  The kind of confidence that comes from actual achievement

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