Find a Training Partner and CRUSHING your goals!

Training for the long haul can be a daunting task.  Students can often lose motivation and drive somewhere along the road to black belt.  What makes the journey special is finding out what you’re made of during these rough patches in the road.  One thing that can help you stay motivated and on the path is having an accountability or training partner.  The potential benefits to this relationship are too strong to ignore.

Check out what makes this relationship so amazing, how it can impact your training and what things you should look for in a potential training partner.

Here are the top reasons a training partner/accountability buddy is beneficial.

1) They can help you achieve your fitness/martial arts goals – having a partner with similar goals can help elevate your training to the next level, it increases motivation, helps with keeping intensity level high, keeps you accountable, and increases your commitment level

2) Help with form – having a partner there with you during training sessions can help ensure you are keeping proper form and training safely.

3) Safety first – with a training partner, you can feel safe and secure knowing you will have someone there if you need help.

4) You can try new things- bounce ideas off each other – keep things fresh. Having a partner can prevent workout boredom and keeps your training from getting in a rut.  It also keeps the FUN in your workouts outside of the dojang.

5) Helps with accountability – knowing you have someone waiting for you keeps you on track and disciplined.  

6) Helps eliminate distraction – The perfect partners will keep each other from getting distracted during workouts.

7) Having a partner – either in person, by text, or online – can be hugely beneficial for motivation. Stanford University found that simply receiving check-in phone calls/texts from a partner increased the amount participants exercised by 78% (even after 18 months).

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✔ Challenges you during your workouts and vice versa – having someone there to push you for that one last push up, or to keep sparring when you want to give up – keeps you kickin’ butt!

Choose someone with similar goals – if your goal is to get to black belt, then find a partner who is interested in the same.  Partnering with someone who is training for physical fitness isn’t the greatest fit if you are looking to do the long road to black belt.

Choose someone with a like-minded attitude – positive energy is infectious!

Motivation – the perfect partner is there to lift you up when you feel down and help keep you going when you want to throw in the towel.

Helpful – look for a partner who is helpful and not overly critical.  You want to walk away from your workouts feeling pumped, not defeated!

 Accountable – make sure you choose someone you can count on, a partner who is on time and shows up every single training session.

Similar Schedules – this one is crucial – finding a person who is able to work within your work/family/life schedule takes the stress out of planning and can get you on a consistent training schedule.

Healthy Competition – a little friendly competition never hurt anyone!  Keeps you moving forward!

Whether you are working on your home training or in the gym, having a training partner can make all the difference.  Keeping you motivated, keeping you accountable, keeping things fun and challenging you to push yourself to the next level.    Talk to your fellow students, see if any one is up for the challenge.  You won’t regret it!

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September starts with a bang!

Fall registration was a big success!  We had a number of new students join our school and lots of familiar faces return for another year.  We are pleased to announce our Little Monkeys class is now full.  We will be accepting wait list applications for openings coming up in January 2017.  Please contact us at 587-583-5425 or email info@summitmartialarts.ca to reserve your spot.

We launched our Junior Instructor Certification Program in September.  Our JIT Team is now assisting in our kids classes and tournament training.  They have been a big help to our Instructors getting new students introduced to the school.  Check out their full bio’s on our website.  Our JIT Team attends monthly training sessions, they complete “homework” and work on their teaching skills.  Here is a sneak peek of their training.

We had our 1st Belt Test of the 2017 season on Saturday, September 24.  Our students showed their skills in hand techniques, kicks, self defence and sparring.  All their hard work and dedication both inside the dojang and at home.  Congratulations to all those students who were promoted!  You EARNED those belts!

We are gearing up for our 1st Tournament of the season on Saturday, November 5.  Tournament training is now in full swing.  We wish all those students competing the best of luck!  Train hard, make us proud!

Summit Martial Arts is family owned and operated, we are not a chain.  We believe in being upfront and honest about our school, our prices and expectations are on our website for the world to see.  We offer fair and reasonable pricing, with a flexible schedule and pricing options.  We work with our parents/students to ensure we are meeting their needs and adapt to provide the best service possible.  We pride ourselves on our high quality martial arts program.  All our instructors work full time jobs, teaching martial arts after their regular jobs shows their dedication and passion for the sport.  We cap all our class sizes, we believe strongly in quality over quantity.  We do not believe in overcrowding simply to make more money.  All the pictures and videos on our website and social media are real students in our current classes, we do not use stock photos.  We believe in “Earned not given”.  Every student earns their belt promotions through hard work and mastery of skills.  Our student base is 80% referral, we do not pay for advertising.  Come down any time, try a class, see the difference for yourself.  You don’t have to be the best, you just have to be willing to work hard!

We look forward to training with each and every one of you!

Meet our Junior Instructors!

We introduced our Junior Instructor in Training Certification Program (JIT for short) this August.  We are please to announce we have assembled a fantastic team of young Summit Martial Arts students to assist in our children’s classes.  We asked them to write a little bit about themselves to share with our SMA family.  Here is what they wanted you to know, in their own words.  Let’s meet the Team!

Meet Aidan Bernardo

Hi I’m Aidan Bernardo I was born in Toronto, Ontario. I started Taekwondo when I was 5 yrs old.  I enjoyed Taekwondo because it was fun and makes me feel energetic.
IMG_7824During my free time I enjoy drawing, playing basketball, biking and swimming.  At school, my favourite subject is Social studies because it really makes me think hard. It’s good to know the history/past and how it’s changed now.  My best martial arts moment is learning self defense that I can use this in my everyday life. Also winning the TAFISA World Martial Arts Games Gold medal for weapon. It was an amazing experience along with all the other competitions I’ve joined.  I love going to Summit because the people who trained me are good and kind instructors like Master Morris and all the black belts. All of them are very helpful, always there for me to reach my goals! Once I become a Junior Instructor, I want to teach the Monkeys and Dragons to become disciplined martial artists. I also want them to reach their goals and become successful in their Taekwondo journey.

Meet Chaney Mowat

My name is Chaney Mowat.  I competed at the 1st TAFISA World Martial Arts Games in Sept IMG_78262014 in Richmond B.C.  I won a Silver Medal for Point Sparring and Bronze medals in both Forms and Continuous Sparring.  My best moment in martial arts moment was when I won my first gold medal at a tournament I also love the feeling of getting a certification after a belt test. I like martial arts because it teaches me respect, discipline and self-defence. I like Summit Martial Arts specifically because they keep it fresh and exciting. They also encourage us to keep trying and work harder they are very inspiring and motivational for  their students. They care a lot about their students success and want to see all of their students succeed. I also love the uniqueness of their teaching styles and their style of Tae kwon do. My hobbies outside of Tae Kwon Do are wakeboarding, wake surfing, horse riding and snow skiing.

Meet Marcuz Bernardo

Hi – my name is Marcuz Bernardo.  My Hobbies are swimming, biking, reading, playing soccer, playing basketball. But one of my favourite hobbies is doing Tae Kwon Do.

IMG_7825What I like about Summit Martial Arts, is the training that we do: it’s energetic, challenging, awesome and fun. Especially for the younger and new kids, it will give them a great experience.  My favourite subjects in school are math and science. They’re really fun and challenging classes to attend; the same way Tae-kwon-do is.  My best moment here was when I won a Gold medal at the TAFISA World Martial Arts Games in Richmond, BC; it was like winning a medal in the Olympics!  How I will teach the Monkeys and Dragons class, is in an energetic and encouraging way, so we can engage the kids to do Tae Kwon Do in the best and fun way, by doing games and activities like obstacle courses.

Meet Max Stronge

IMG_7823Hi – my name is Max Stronge. I have trained in the martial arts for 12 years. I am a 15 year old student in high school who has been actively participating in competitions since the age of 10.  Most recently I brought home two Silver Medals from the W.O.M.A.A. World Martial Arts Games in Germany. I was the CTV Athlete of the Week in July 2016. I have trained at many different schools in the Calgary area.  Summit Martial Arts is easily the school I would recommend to anyone that wants to involve themselves in Taekwondo. My passion for training and competing has been with me my whole life, and I hope to ignite that passion in others as well.

Meet Mikko Bernardo

Hi – my name is Mikko Bernardo.  The hobbies that I like, love and enjoy are: Skateboarding, Snowboarding, playing Soccer, playing Basketball. But the one hobby that I like the most is Tae Kwon Do to practice my skills in the style of martial arts (Moo-Duk Kwan).

IMG_7822What I like about Summit Martial Arts is everyone who steps through the front door is accepted, because the people have such a kind personality.My favorite subject in school is Math, because I like to challenged in school, and just like school I like to be challenged in Tae Kwon Do.  My favorite moments at Summit Martial Art was when I won 2 Gold medals, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal in TAFISA World Martial Arts Games. The Christmas parties that summit hosts and the annual beach parties. These events make me love Summit even more!   My teaching style with the Monkeys and Dragons will be an energetic and fun style so I can keep them filled with energy as well as happiness. I will make sure to incorporate some fun and energetic games, obstacle courses and drills. And by using these things I hope that the students will train with tones of energy so they can do their best! 😉
Here are some more photos of our team in tournament action.
We are grateful to have these young dedicated athletes join our amazing team of instructors. If you have any questions about the program or our JIT’s, please see Master or Mrs. Morris directly.  Here’s to another fantastic season at SMA!!!

Fall Registration, New Programs & More

It’s that time of year again!  Summit Martial Arts Fall Registration is now open.  Our classes are filling quickly, don’t miss out on the opportunity to train with us.  We offer classes for ages 4 through adult, beginner to advanced black belt.  We offer a flexible schedule to suit busy families.  Come down and check out a class today!

We have a new fall schedule ready to launch for back to school.  We’ve added additional Little Dragons and Warriors classes to ensure we keep our class sizes small.  We will also be bringing back our Cardio Kick Start class on Saturday mornings.  Our cardio class is open to the public, so bring your friends and get ready to work you butt off!   Check out our the new schedule online.  We are excited to be offering a brand new program for September – the Junior Instructor Training Certification Program.  There will be an Information Night for parents/students of those interested in the program.

Finally, we would like to say a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Max for representing Team Canada and bringing home 2 Silver Medals from the W.O.M.A.A. World Martial Arts Games this July in Germany.  We are so proud of you!!  If you would like to check out Max’s story, he was featured on CTV Athlete of the Week for July 1!

For more information on our programs, instructors and class times, please check out our website at www.summitmartialarts.ca or check us out on Facebook and Instagram.  To arrange your free trial class, please email info@summitmartialarts.ca or call 587-583-5425.

A little spring in our step for April

A little late but here’s what happened in April.

We started the month off a bang!  On Saturday, April 2 we had our monthly belt grading.  We started the day with our Advanced ranks – green belt and red with a black stripe.  A lot of hard work goes in to preparing for our tests.  Today, our students demonstrated their tenacity and indomitable spirit pushing themselves till the very end.  Congratulations Coban, Chaney, Mikko and Aidan on your promotions.  You EARNED those belts!

Next up was the Beginner ranks – orange and yellow belts.  Belt Tests can sometimes be an eye opening experience.  We pride ourselves on maintaining a high standard at all our belt tests.  It is not enough to simply show up – you must demonstrate your techniques correctly to be promoted.  This is where all the at home practice becomes evident.  Congratulations Tynan, Shawna, Carson, Spencer, Taydon, Isabelle, Ethan and Angelo.  Well done!

Our Little Monkeys and Little Dragons closed out the day.  These kids did an amazing job showcasing their skills and physical endurance.  We are proud of each and every one of you.  Congratulations Cayden, Tyler, Evan, Nicolas, Rylan, Zurrin, Aiden, and Ignacio on your belt promotions!

Cardio Kick Start kicked off on Saturday, April 9 and what a kick off it was!  Cardio is a huge component to successful sparring.  We’ve had a great turn out and it’s only getting better.  This may become a permanent class on the SMA schedule.

On Saturday, April 23, Team Summit attended the Calgary City Championship hosted by Provincial Martial Arts.  We had 7 students compete in divisions ages 6 through to adult.  Team Summit came home with 7 Golds, 2 Silver, and 3 Bronze!  A special congratulations to Max who earned a spot on Team Canada for the W.O.M.A.A World Martial Arts Games in Germany in July!!  We are so proud of each and every one of you.  You represented SMA with the utmost sportsmanlike conduct, we could not ask for any thing more.   Great job!

Congratulations to our own Mr. Chernichen for finishing the Calgary Police 5k on April 24 in 25:29! Great job!  It’s not all about TKD, all the time.  Way to get out there and support Calgary Police Services.

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We finished off the month with a final Little Monkey and Little Dragons belt test.  Congratulations George, Cassidy and Rogan on your belt promotions.

Up Next Month: KSL Pop Up Boutique on May 14 (open to the public), 38th Annual Western Canadian Karate Championships on May 21 in Red Deer, AB, and more.

 

The price you pay for sports…..

This post was taken from a fitness group we belong to.   This is such an excellent commentary on the impact sports can have on our young people.  We had to share.  Here’s what was said:

One of my friends asked “Why do you pay so much money for your kids to do all their sports?” Well, I have a confession to make. I don’t pay for my kids to to do sports – I invest in their future to become good solid well rounded adults.

So, if I am not paying for sports what am I paying for?

– I pay for those moments when my kids become so tired they want to quit but don’t.

– I pay for those days when my kids come home from school and are “too tired” to go to their practices, but they go anyway.

– I pay for my kids to learn to be disciplined, focused and dedicated.

– I pay for my kids to learn to take care of their body and equipment.

– I pay for my kids to learn to work with others and to be good team mates, gracious in defeat and humble in success.

– I pay for my kids to learn to deal with disappointment, when they don’t get that placing or title they’d hoped for, but still they go back week after week giving it their best shot.

– I pay for my kids to learn to make and accomplish goals.

– I pay for my kids to respect, not only themselves, but other players,officials, and coaches.

– I pay for my kids to learn that it takes hours and hours, years and years of hard work and practice to create a champion and that success does not happen overnight.

– I pay for my kids to be proud of small achievements, and to work towards long term goals.

– I pay for the opportunity my kids have and will have to make life-long friendships, create lifelong memories, to be as proud of their achievements as I am.

– I pay so that my kids can be out on the mats, that sheet of ice, ball park field, and soccer field instead of in front of a screen…

…I could go on but, to be short, I don’t pay for sports; I pay for the opportunities that sports provides my kids to develop attributes that will serve them well throughout their lives and give them the opportunity to bless the lives of others. From what I have seen so far I think it is a great investment!

…. An investment in “their” future to become fantastic adults later!!!!

This is what you invest in every time you set foot on the mats, on the field, on the rink, get in the pool or put your feet on the pavement for a run.

Time for a Cardio Blast – Register NOW!

We received numerous requests from students about running a cardio only class.  You talked, we listened!  SMA is offering a Cardio Kick Start class starting Saturday, April 9 at 8:30am.  The class will run for 4 weeks – excluding Saturday, April 23 (for the tournament). This class will be a 45 minute non -stop, cardio blast!  The 4 classes will alternate between a cardio kickboxing style and circuit training.  Fun for everyone!!

This class will be open to everyone.  No experience required.  No uniform needed.  Participants can wear regular workout clothing.  Bag gloves will be required.

For our current students, this class is an excellent addition to your current training.  Looking to work on that cardio for the next belt test, this is the way to do it.  As you all know, our tests are not easy.   They challenge the mind and the body.  The best way to prepare yourself is with high intensity interval training.  This will give you the most realistic mirror of an actual SMA belt test.

 

To register:

Current SMA students – please speak to Mrs. M to add you to the roster.

Non-SMA students – can register online or in person.

If you have any additional questions, please email info@summitmartialarts.ca or call 587-583-5425.

 

Keep movin’ over the Holidays!

faithSummit Martial Arts will be closed December 24 to January 3 for the holidays.  Classes will resume Monday, January 4 after this short holiday break.  That said, we do not want to lose all our training momentum over the holiday season. So, what can you do at home to keep on track?  Here are some ideas:

1. Stretching:  we all know how important our stretch is for martial arts.  If you find yourself watching a movie or some television, use this time to work on your stretch.  Get the whole family involved!  We would love to see the pics of our SMA families stretching together.

2.  Cardio Training:  holidays are for getting together with friends and family to celebrate.  Keeping up your cardio will be key over the break.  Plus, it will help burn off all the turkey and treats!  Try some of these ideas:

  • Go for a walk – take the dog, kids, grandma, who ever is home!
  • Run stairs – stairs are an excellent cardio activity, no need to leave the house
  • Skiing – do you like to ski?  Downhill?  Cross country?  Awesome leg/cardio workout!
  • Jump Squats/Lunges – try 30 second intervals for 10 minutes – now your legs should be burning!!
  • Go for a run – depending on weather, a quick 20 minute run does the body good.
  • Sprints – 30 second sprints, 30 second rest for 10 minutes = GO!

3.  Push ups and Crunches:  how many for your next belt test?  Work on sets of 25 to keep you on pace for your next belt test.  Even our Little Monkeys show their push up skills at a belt test.  It only gets harder as you move up – remember the black belt test?

4.  Kicks, Punches, Stances and Forms:  all these can be practised at home over the holidays.  Do you have your curriculum for your next test?  If you do not have your sheet, email Mrs. Morris and she will send it to you.

5.  Squats and Lunges:  any where, any time.   Sets of 10 (each leg for the lunges) – try 10 rounds = 100 reps!!  Want a challenge?  Add some dumbbells for extra weight.  Don’t underestimate the power of a lower body workout.

6.  High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is going to give you the best bang for your buck.  It’s quick, easy and effective – 20 minutes will do the body good.  There are a number of great interval training apps you can download.  Program the timer for 20 minutes, pick a variety of exercises, and get movin’.  Try these (pick a few, not in any particular order):

  • Push ups
  • Crunches
  • Squats
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Lunges
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Burpees
  • Jump Lunges or Jump Squats
  • V-ups
  • Leg Raises

The holidays can be exhausting, regular exercise can keep your energy level up and help you burn off those extra calories consumed.  We hope every one has a safe and happy holiday season! See you all in January!!

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