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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.
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 Light f
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 class. T
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 is.
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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 information
If your child is being bullied or you know someone who is being bullied please call us or email us. We can help
Over the years, I have collected videos of all the forms and made them available on YouTube. To help people locate them, I created a YouTube channel called "Mercer Island Martial Arts - Forms". Since there is a belt tests next week, I thought I'd post a link for everybody again.
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 no sweeps, no mixed martial arts etc.
You can kick to two places. Your opponent’s chest protector (hogu) or head
You can punch your opponent's chest protector only. No punches allowed to
We have had a lot of questions regarding our training for future camp counselors --- our Counselor In Training Program -- so thought we would pass on the info here. If you are interested in finding out more, or to see if your "tween" or teen, is appropriate for the program please feel free to contact us.
Each member of the Counselor In Training Program is selected on the basis of his/her potential to be an excellent counselor, instructor, and role model. Junior Counselors are leaders in cam
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click on the link to check out my gratitude video
I love these fall months especially with Thanksgiving around the corner-- what a wonderful month. Everyone takes the time to be truly thankful for everyone and everything in their life. Although, in my opinion, it should be year round. On November 11th we have a full day camp and part of the camp is introducing our gratitude challenge to the kids, but it would be wonderful if all of our students got involved! So I'll start first, I am so grateful for of my family and friends, they are all so
Check out MIMA News put on by the kids at Mercer Island Martial Arts
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For the upcoming Halloween party, I made this short video will show you most of the things you want to know about the party.
We could use some help with the food drive. Would you be able to take a collection box, like the one in the picture to your work, school, community activity? Would you invite kids to the awesome party (there are invitations at the school) -- for a fun day of bouncy house, costumes, demonstrations, cotton candy, and candy, and did I mention candy?? It is the 26th --- entry "fee" is a donation to the food bank.
If you would host, as it were, a donation box let us know and it will be d
We are holding try out for the 2013-2014 Demonstration Team on Thursday Sept 19th at 5:30pm.
Try out to have the opportunity to be part of a small group of dedicated, like minded, motivated students.
Demo teams build high levels of confidence because students are taught how to perform in public. There’s an awesome rush that comes from performing for your community and getting accolades!
Team members will have the opportunity to further your training faster while developing leadership skills even
With back to school coming up quickly, I believe it is a great time to refresh or address safety tips and plans with the kids. So, I am going to post about several of the things I try to cover with the kids I teach each year.
"In 2010, one-fifth (19%) of all children 5-9 who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians." Source: Traffic safety facts: Pedestrians, NHTSA 2012
Here are some ideas, and ... Click here for the original post I wrote on Mercer Island Patch
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