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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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healthy_body.jpg?width=307One list cannot automatically tell you how to turn negative body thoughts into positive body image, but it can help you think about new ways of looking more healthfully and happily at yourself and your body. The more you do that, the more likely you are to feel good about who you are and the body you naturally have.

1. Appreciate all that your body can do. Every day your body carries you closer to your dreams. Celebrate all of the amazing things your body does for you --running, dancing, breathi
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3820637786?profile=originalIt’s this simple:  Children defend themselves with their heads. It’s knowledge that protects children in today’s world. Knowledge about safety, about what to avoid, about what to do, where to go, and how to stay out of harm’s way.

We are a part of a remarkable association of martial arts teachers, really forward thinking and action-oriented instructors, who come together almost every day to move worthwhile projects forward. The group is called The One Hundred, it’s headed by a 6th degree black be

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My weekly push for 2nd Dan.

olympics.jpg?width=416It's the day after the sparring class, I had so much fun and learned tons. I have quite a bruise on my right foot by my big toe. It seems to be a little better than yesterday. The foot is a little sore so I will be taking it easy Monday. I hope to come to class Tuesday. It has been hard to get to class sometimes with work being unpredictable, I am still motivated to move forward. I am not sure if I can make the time line set for December.  Sometimes I can only make one class a week. We will see.
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visualization3.s600x600.jpgIt is commonly held, and research has confirmed, that sports performance can be improved with visualization, or imagery.  We practice this often with students here in order to improve technique, execution, or mastery of a complex move. 

Recent research has concluded that the same types of imagery can enhance "exercise self-efficacy", or in other words, help get a person off the couch, and in the dojang kicking, or out jogging, swimming, or playing tennis. 

I thought this was pretty exciting info

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3820637341?profile=originalWhat do these 35 businesses have in common?  They have all qualified and are part of the Mercer Island Green Business Program.


Mercer Island Martial Arts, Auto Spa, Bennetts Pure Food Bistro, Blue Sky Cleaners, Chick's Shoes, Christian Science Reading Room, City of Mercer Island, Corry's Cleaners

French American School, Island Books, Stroum  Jewish Community Center, John Scherzo & Co., Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce, M. I. Nutrition, Mercer Island Farmers Market,

Mercer Island Florist, Merc

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 tax-credit-jeepers-this-is-a-life-saver.jpg1.    Exercise is a life-saver.

2.    Self-defense training can, in a worst-case scenario, be a life-saver.

3.    There’s more talk and focus on respect, courtesy, and self-discipline in a week of our martial arts lessons than the average young person will hear in a year of TV and computer time.


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moving forward

It's been a long time coming. I am very excited about being able to test again after a long time off.

DahnBohNym.jpgI have never forgotten what my goal has been in Martial Arts. Since the day I put it up there, my eye has never been off that Black Belt on the wall.

Setting goals is a very important part of getting anywhere in life. Some goals might be for later today, next week or even years down the road. The thing to remember is to set them today!

Over the years I have set many goals. Some goals change, and I'

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3820636173?profile=originalExpect there to be one or more experienced teachers on the floor in your child’s class. Expect the teacher to, at times, appear to have the patience of Job. Expect a bit more, Oh how shall we say it? ENERGY, every so often. Expect the teacher, whether gently guiding everyone along or cranking up the troops, to wear a smile (a happy one!).  

Expect a lot of talk about respect, about leadership, about good manners, about anger, about a whole bunch of things just about any parent would love to hear

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Just the other day a parent asked me if she thought my classes promoted violent behavior in young boys. She was inquiring about lessons for her son and was concerned that he and his friends might take what they’re learning and use it inappropriately.
I thought it was a fine question.

Yes, there have been a few cases (very few) of students “playing martial arts” with friends, the same way they play as their favorite superheroes, but I’ve never heard of the play being malicious or hurtful. I do

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I took my first martial arts lesson at age 9. By the age of 13, when my friends were experimenting, when peer pressure seemed at an all time high, when I just knew my brain power had far surpassed my father’s, and when I couldn’t pass any reflective surface without gazing in wonder at what it beheld, I was firmly and deeply entrenched in my identity as a martial artist.
The classes anchored me, in fact, they were just about the only place where I could stand completely still for any extended pe
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My weekly push for 2nd Dan.

It was a tough week this week, I was getting into a grove then I got sick and my car broke down. Bummer.

 Other than that I am looking forward to more training and more learning. I will get through this challenge, and continue my journey. It really is about the journey, not the destination. I can hardly wait.

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College Counseling Resources Websites:


National Association of College Admission Counseling 


Pacific NW Assoc of College Admission Counseling 



Mental Health Resources Websites:


ADD for women/girls website






ADHD ideas and support, national website.   


American Psychological Associati

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