Meet Ms. Chaney Mowat: Blue Belt
Ms. Chaney has been with Summit Martial Arts since March 2015. Chaney has been training in martial arts for 6 years. She completed her Junior Instructor Training in 2017 and has been assisting in our children’s classes for 3 years.
We asked Ms. Chaney some questions, here’s what she had to say……..
What is your most memorable / proud moment in martial arts ?
My most memorable moment was when I was SMA’s 1st Athlete of the Year in 2018, it was huge turning point in my martial arts career. I realized how much of an impact you can have on people’s lives and it was a huge honour. I cannot thank SMA enough for providing me with this award. I am very proud to be a part of the SMA family, and I’m so proud to represent them.
A few other of Ms. Chaney’s proudest moments are winning her first Gold medal in 2015, and earning a Bronze and Silver in an all-boys division in 2017. In May 2018, Chaney was chosen as CTV Athlete of the Week for Outstanding Performance and Athletic Ability.
What is your teaching philosophy?
My teaching philosophy is based on what I feel are important qualities for a martial artist to have. I feel that every martial artist needs to have a strong foundation built on respect, discipline, and confidence. To me, martial arts is not only about striking and fighting it is about living by the tenants of Tae Kwon Do in my everyday life. Martial arts has helped shape me as a person, it has made me physically and mentally stronger.
Why do you love SMA?
When I was competing at the 2014 TAFISA World Martial Arts Games, one of the Team Canada instructors was from SMA. When my own instructor (from a different school) did not show up, the SMA instructor took me on like one of his own students. At my trial class, I was welcomed and immediately felt like a part of the SMA family. They have always pushed me to be the best martial artist I could be. They have supported me from day one and have taught me the most important lessons in life.
Outside of the martial arts, Ms. Chaney is an accomplished show and performance horse rider. This July, she (and her horse Vicky) took home top honors for winning Provincials 2019 Top Youth in Alberta!!!!! A talented young lady we are proud to have as part of our team. Take a minute to congratulate her on this awesome achievement.
Chaney loves working with kids, she enjoys watching them progress and improve their techniques. Through her martial arts journey, Chaney has learned a lot about discipline and responsibility. Assisting in our classes has helped her learn the importance of proper movement and mechanics. Teaching has helped her grow immensely in her own journey – allowing her to perfect her techniques.
We are very proud to have this young lady as part of our school. She has been a tremendous help over the past few years. Thank you for your dedication to SMA!