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Leadership Outside of MIMA

As a stay at home parent, I have realized that volunteering is where I like to be. Over the years this has been in our community at West Mercer elementary PTA and through Girl Scouts. Over 2021-2022 I was West Mercer Elementary’s PTA President. Although there weren’t a lot of events that year due to the pandemic, our Board of Directors continued to meet monthly to discuss different activities. Updating the PTA website has been something I’ve also worked on to make it more user friendly and acces

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My Five Living Heros

My Five Living Heros

By Michele Agosti

Bryan Stevenson - Author of the book Just Mercy and lawyer at Equal Justice Initiative which works on getting people off of death row. Bryan is one of my heros because he has worked tirelessly to bring attention to the criminal justice system's bias against poor and minorities. He has fought and had sentences and convictions repealed. He has aided in persuading the the Supreme Court to make decisions prohibiting sentencing children under 18 to death or life i

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5 Living Heroes

Sofia Delgado is a 16 year old American Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) competitor on the national scene. She is an expert in her chosen sport and dedicated to ceaseless improvement. She is a hero of mine because at such a young age she has put so much time and effort into her passion. Her heroism does not come from large acts in the news or media, but from the enormous waves she is making in the women’s BJJ community and women’s sports in general. Each and every woman that enters their chosen field a

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Annual Homework Challenge

Hello All,

It's that time of year again! Kids are going back to school and it's time for our annual homework winners challenge.  Here is the information on the challenge:

2022 Mercer Island Martial Arts Annual Homework Challenge!

 

Objective:  To motivate students to develop a habit of getting their homework from school done, and to positively reinforce those who choose to pursue academic excellence. Good leaders are always learning, and building their knowledge base. Education is a lifetime pur

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2022 Community PTA Partner Award

10499321683?profile=RESIZE_710xWe are very honored to receive the Mercer Island PTA Community Partner Award.  This award recognizes a local Island business or organization that goes above and beyond standard expectations to help and facilitate local units, school programs and helps build a cooperative relationship between students, schools and community.

 

https://www.mi-reporter.com/news/mercer-island-pta-council-presents-2021-22-awards/

 

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As a parent, you may be struggling with how to talk with your children about a shooting. It is important to remember that children look to their parents to make them feel safe. This is true no matter what age your children are, be they toddlers, adolescents, or even young adults.

Consider the following tips for helping your children manage their distress.

Talk with your child. Talking to your children about their worries and concerns is the first step to help them feel safe and begin to cope w

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Keeping mindful and grounded

Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment.  This month we will be focusing on mindfulness and grounding techinques through various means including the 5, 4, 3,2, 1 breathing and our Dragon breathing excercises.   We will be practicing them both here at the Do Jang and at home.   

dragon breathing2021.pdf

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Gratitude Challenge

November is all about Gratitude with Thanksgiving coming up this month it's important to think about what we are grateful for. In addition to our typical yearly gratitude challenge we are also adding a journaling component.  There are many benefits to journaling and we are encouraging students of all ages to participate in a month of journaling.  I have attached a gratitude journal page for everyone to use as reference to use during the month of November. 

gratitudejournal3MIMA.pdf Students who

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Annual homework challenge begins

 2021 Mercer Island Martial Arts Annual Homework Challenge!

 

Objective:  To motivate students to develop a habit of getting their homework from school done, and to positively reinforce those who choose to pursue academic excellence. Good leaders are always learning, and building their knowledge base. Education is a lifetime pursuit.

 

How to Participate: Parents and their kids can register for the homework challenge by phone, email, or in person. Parents every time your child does his/her homew

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Newest member of the MIMA Team

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We are very excited to welcome Danielle Flanary to the Mercer Island Martial Arts Team.  Dani has an extensive background working with kids of all ages.  She has a Degree in Psychology and English and will be working students in our After School Program, as well being our friendly face at our front counter.   

Dani enjoys crafting, and wandering in nature.  She really loves art of all kinds and brings creativity to her work.  Please, make sure to stop by and say hello to her next time you are i

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Almost Fall

Hard to believe that fall is just around the corner.  Our fall schedule is out and available here Fall Schedule 2021.pdf for download.  Our classes are going strong and many of you have asked if we will continue our on-line classes in addition to our in-person classes.  The answer is a resounding YES if you prefer on-line, in-person, or a combination both we have got you covered. 

Our very popular Transported After School program will also be returning.   Spaces in that program are filling up fa

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Both on line and in person

9089164877?profile=RESIZE_710xHey all,

 

Here is our classes schedule.  We are currently offering both in person and on line classes.  If you are new to us and are interested in our school please give us a call 206-230-9050 or email us at info@mercerislandmartialarts.com so we can set up a time for you to get started.  

 

Class Schedule Spring 2021 pdf.pdf

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There, be dragons :)

This week's theme is centered around dragons.  Dragon Breathing is what we are calling this particular challenge, which is a mindfulness and meditation practice.  Mindfulness, is a big part of our training in martial arts. And during stressful times, we want to be able to teach tools to our students that they can all access to build resilence, and peace of mind.  This one is so important.  We will cover how to practice and the ideas about our "dragoness" in classes.  We also encourage our adults

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My Living Heroes

  1. My mom (Nicole Dawson) - The person who knows me best. Whenever I need to talk to someone about what’s going through my head, she is always there for me. She has stood by me through the most challenging times in my life, which I will always be grateful for.
  2. My dad (Tim Dawson) - One of the hardest-working and most determined people I know. Full of advice. He has taught me many important life lessons over the years.
  3. Greta Thunberg - I greatly admire her willingness to speak out against harmful envi
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New Class Schedule!!

Hello MIMA (Mercer Island Martial Arts) students!

The attached file is the new class schedule.  We have changed it slightly in response to what students have requested.  We have added more classes for children, and adults and teens are a little later in the day. 

We have been revamping the Dojang physical space, and systems, so we can offer a wider range of in-person training options.  Without question safety will continue to be our first and highest priority. All in-person options will be by ap

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Keeping Mindful and Grounded

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About the Author:

MeLisa Turcott Strongheart is a Master Instructor and owner at Mercer Island Martial Arts.  She is a 7th Dan Master Instructor.  She also holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Mental Health Counseling.   She brings these two areas of specialization to her work with families, children, teens, and in designing curriculum.   

 

Master Strongheart emphasizes and has taught thousands of students the value and power of respect.   Respect for oneself, other, and the community.   

 

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Pods and Zoom!

Thank you for being a part of this with us.  We are a small business that has been dedicated to serving the community for over 23 years and your support means everything to us.  We can not express how much we truly appreciate you, and we are looking forward to the next 23 years with you!
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