The Importance of Stretching for Martial Arts

Stretching is an essential component to any sports training program.  This is especially true for martial arts as it requires an extreme range of motion for many of the kicks. The explosive nature of Tae Kwon Do also requires flexible muscles and joints.  It is very important that we are stretching properly and frequently to avoid injuries and gain greater flexibility.

Here are some important considerations for stretching:

1. Stretching on your non-training days:  by stretching at home in between classes, you will see a much greater improvement in your flexibility.  If you only stretch when you come to class, you flexibility will be slow to improve.  Studies show stretching first thing in the morning gives greater benefits than stretching later at night.

2.  Stretching helps prevent injuries:  stretching allows our us a full range of motion when we are preforming techniques without pulling or tearing at the muscle.

3.  Helps to improve technique:  stretching allows you to put your legs in the proper position without straining.  If your muscles are too tight, you simply will not be able to get in the proper position.  Incorrect form can lead to injuries.

4.  Greater flexibility increases your speed:  increased flexibility allows your muscles to be less resistant to the movement thereby increasing the speed at which you are able to perform.

5.  With increased speed comes greater power:  in our martial arts training, we try to direct our power with precision.  Increasing your flexibility and range of motion will improve your overall performance both in speed and power.

Stretching is one of the most powerful techniques for improving athletic performance and preventing injury. Stretching is simple and effective.  Don’t overlook this important tool in your martial arts training.


Our Year in Review – 2015

11960247_10205220543375313_4095057335889858896_nWe would like to take this time to reflect on all our accomplishments and changes over the last year.  When we look back over 2015, we feel humbled by all the love and support of our students and their families.  It is ALL OF YOU that make Summit what it is!  Master and Mrs. Morris would like to thank each and every one of you for making this an amazing year.  Let’s make 2016 another year to remember!!

December in a Nutshell

December has been a crazy month.  We’ve had the KSL Fashion Event, wrapped up the Purse Project, we’ve welcomed some new students, had an all day belt test marathon and our awesome Christmas Party!  Who’s ready for a break?

On Saturday, December 5, we hosted our 2nd KSL Actionwear Fashion Event.  We love supporting other Canadian business owners.  And, what a great turnout for our Pop Up Fashion event.  Who exactly is behind KSL? Former Canadian Championship cyclist, Katy St. Laurent designs comfortable, convertible clothes for sport, travel and every day life.  All clothes are designed and made in Canada!!!  We love our KSL!  Don’t worry if you missed it, we will be hosting another fashion event in the Spring.  See Mrs. M if you would like to order something in the meantime.  Thank you to Jessica for bringing KSL to us!

The Purse Project wrapped up on December 6, SMA collected two huge boxes filled with toiletries and purses.  We were happy to be part of this awesome initiative lead by Smarty Skirts.  Don’t forget to check out their Facebook page to see what else they have to offer.  We look forward to helping with this project again next year.

We had our last belt test of 2015 on Saturday, December 19.  We started the morning with a Little Monkeys, Little Dragons, and Warriors belt test.  The kids did an amazing job showcasing their skills to the judges panel. Congratulations to Xander, Tyler, Spencer, Isabelle and Jeanne!  All your hard work and practise paid off, you EARNED those belts!

Our Advanced rank belt test started later in the afternoon.  As many of you know, our belt tests are not easy.  It is not enough to simply show up, you have to put in the work. We follow a generations old, rigorous standard of belt promotion criteria.  If you receive a belt from SMA, you can rest assured you have EARNED it!  This test was no different – our students showed all heart in their 3 hour test.  Congratulations to Josh, Shane, Mikko, Aidan and Marcuz on their promotions.  We are proud of each and every one of you.

Later that night, we had our annual Christmas Party.  There were 85 SMA family members in attendance – what a great turnout! There was food for miles!!  Thank you to all the families for coming out and bringing such yummy treats and dishes!

Our award ceremony had a few new categories this year.  We presented our Most Improved New Students to Dan, Xander, Mia and Rylan.  Our Most Improved Overall went to Florian, Jann, Nicolas and Hunter.  This year we awarded Most Improved Sparring to Angelo, Most Improved Hand Techniques to Olivia, Most Improved Kicks to Coban and Most Improved Forms to Brody.  The Most Dedicated Student award went to Lee and Aidan.  And, the final award Best Sportsmanship went to Marcuz.  Congratulations to all of you!

The evening ended with a video montage of our year in review.  What a year it was!  We want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.  We can’t wait to get back to the dojang and start training for the World Martial Arts Games trials.  Let’s make 2016 another year to remember!


January Registration is OPEN!

a year from nowSummit Martial Arts is now accepting registrations for January classes.  Don’t miss out on the chance to train with us, classes are filling quickly!!

Summit Martial Arts is home to the TAFISA World Martial Arts Games Champions and was named one of the Top Martial Arts Schools for Kids in Calgary by Chatterblock! We are proud to offer martial arts classes for ages 4 through adult, beginner to advanced black belt. We pride ourselves on maintaining a high standard of learning for all our students. We adhere to the traditional methods of training – our classes will challenge your mind and your body. Our students feel satisfaction and pride knowing they have EARNED their belts.

Our instructors are active and involved in EVERY class – you kick, we kick. We are headquarters for the National Martial Arts Committee for Canada and will be putting together Team Canada for the 2016 World Martial Arts Games. Come down and check us out. No association fees, FREE trial class.  Call us today at 587-583-5425 or email for more details. You can also register online, click here to sign up.

Here’s what people are saying about us:

“As someone who has trained Martial arts at different schools, it’s easy to say Summit is a cut above the rest. The instruction, skills, activities and standards are what make Summit the premier school in Calgary. From the moment you enter the Dojang, the love for martial arts is apparent in every direction you look. To say Master Morris is a world class instructor is an understatement. Not only will he teach you, he will be on the mats every day training with you . He will push you beyond the limits you have set for yourself and show you the potential you have inside. To be a great martial artist you need a great teacher and if that’s the goal you have set for yourself you need to look no further. Summit is the place to be.”  Marshall Nippard – Student    

“If you are looking for great martial arts and you want to learn from the best, this is the place to be.  With 6 degrees black belt, Master Morris has every tool you need to learn from patterns, self-defence, grappling, and sparring.  He remains humble with all of these and challenges himself to train with his students every single training day.”  Florian Bernardo – Parent of 2 children and Student

“I have been studying martial arts since the age of 9.  When I started training at Summit Martial Arts, I found my interest in Tae Kwon Do soar with the teachings from Master Morris.  He is very knowledgeable and you can tell he loves to teach.  He also practices what he preaches.  Master Morris is one of the Best Instructors in Canada!! You actually find your self wanting to go to class just because you have this drive and determination to better yourself in the art. On top of that, the people of Summit are not only class mates but friends that I actually admire and look up to.  I could ramble all day long about how good this school is but really just find out for your self!!Summit Martial Arts is by far the best school I have ever attended.”  Shane Roberts – Student

“Our son has been attending Summit Martial Arts for one year. We attended 2 other schools previous and this school by far exceeds the others. The instruction is very good- they make sure the students learn techniques well before moving on to others and teach the techniques in a fun and dynamic class. The instructors are encouraging and kind.  They develop positive relationships with the students and always reinforce student efforts. Our son loves it- he is ‘a kid who loves taikwando’ (his words)- he feels confident in himself and a sense of accomplishment for his efforts. It’s great for him!”  Chastity P. – Parent

“For people like me who are “motivationally challenged”, this school has been great at getting the best performance possible out of me. For example, my fitness improvement has exceeded my expectations. The curriculum never gets stale as Master Morris seems to have an endless list of drills and exercises that he draws on to keep things fresh. 5 stars.”  Lee Morin – Student