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Cameron's Community Service

3820640853?profile=originalLast week I (Cameron) helped out with the Japanese cultural center benefit luncheon. It was at the Westin in Seattle. I spent lots of my extra time making the origamis. I did this because I wanted to help Japan's tsunami relief. Some of the pieces sold for thirty dollors. I made 37 origami's to donate. Igot to miss part of school for this. At the registration table I demonstrated my origamis there. There were a lot of people watching me. All of a sudden there was a lady out of the crowd that got

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Experiential Leadership Program

Mercer Island Martial Arts' program teaches real leadership skills experientially. Kids become mentors and leaders who make a real difference in others lives. They lead in the dojang and then take those skills into the community as well.

"Never doubt a that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens, can change the world for it is the only thing that ever has." -Margret Mead
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Black Belt Commitment Request

Dear Master Strongheart, Master Wells and the family/community of Mercer Island Martial Arts:


Since the beginning of my journey at MIMA in 2009 I have learned many things about myself and the art of Tae Kwon Do. At first, I looked at the Dojang as a place to get my weekly exercise and see new friends; but, as time has moved forward, I now see the Dojang as a sacred place for my self-cultivation to be a better person, friend, co-worker, community member and family member of MIMA and also to pract

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The following story, called "The Parable of the Black Belt," is excerpted from Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies, by James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras.

MasterLiKneeling.jpgPicture a martial artist kneeling before the master sensei in a ceremony to receive a hard-earned black belt. After years of relentless training, the student has finally reached a pinnacle of achievement in the discipline.

"Before granting the belt, you must pass one more test," says the sensei.

"I am ready," responds the

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We are members of a group of amazing martial artists called The One Hundred. We are seeking to redefine the role of the Master Teacher in today’s world. We are asking each other, as martial arts teachers to push ourselves in ways that serve as examples of our collective potential.

We believe our “business” is the business of being extraordinary human beings; of using our training for something more than fighting; of bringing authentic mastery to our schools by practicing the martial arts in ways

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