We had a busy May & June, time for summer fun!

Here’s what we’ve been up to in May and June:

Happy 2nd Year Anniversary to Summit Martial Arts!  We held our very 1st class on May 13 at the Sheppard Community Centre.  That seems like a million years ago.  We have come so far and are grateful for all the love and support our SMA families have shown us.  Here’s to the next 10 years!

On May 14, we had another wonderful visit from the KSL Mobile Boutique – we love to support Canadian business owners and their products.  It was a great day, we can’t wait until our next Pop Up Boutique in the fall.

On May 30, we had a Little Monkeys Belt Test.  Our Monkeys did their best and earned their next belt.  Congratulations to David, Leila, Xander, Ignacio and Calin.  Great work!

The 38th Annual Western Canadian Karate Championships were held on May 21 in Red Deer, AB.  It was a big turn out – several hundred competitors – and some stiff competition.  Team Summit showcased their skills and represented SMA with the utmost integrity and sportsmanship.  Team Summit came away with 4 Gold medal wins, 7 Silver medals and 4 Bronze medals. We are proud of each of you!

In June, we had a 3 week Bo Staff Workshop.  Our students learned the basics of Bo Staff, worked on these techniques to prepare for their 1st Bo Staff form.  This was an exciting class for all.

On June 14, CTV Calgary was at the dojang to film our very own Max. S. for CTV Athlete of the Week.  We are so proud of Max!  He will be heading to the World Martial Arts Games in Germany in July to compete for Team Canada.  We would like to send a special thank you out to @BigChiefBeef and CTV’s Lisa Bowes for supporting amateur athletes on their journey to the World stage. Max’s story airs Friday, July 1 at 6:45pm.  Be sure to tune in!

On June 18, we headed out to Beiseker for the East End Tae Kwon Do Kids 4 Kids Tournament.  Team Summit came home with 3 golds, 1 silver, 1 bronze and 2 4th place!!  Congratulations Max, Chaney, Cole and Brody!

Our final test of the season was on June 25.  It was a BIG one!  Our students work very hard to prepare for their tests.  As a student moves up in the ranks, there are months of practice to get ready.  We uphold a rigorous test standard for ALL our students.  Anyone that receives a promotion at SMA knows that they have earned that belt.  Congratulations to Brody, Shelley, Jann, Jeannie, Cole, Ethan, Matias, Jason, and Elena!

Later in the day, we had our Little Dragons and Little Monkeys test.  Our kids did an amazing job showcasing their skills.  Great job everyone!  Congratulations to Nicolas, Tyler, Evan T., Jorden, Sebastian, Xander, and Evan D.

Summer is here!  Remember students may wear their SMA T-shirts to class for July and August.  We are looking forward to an awesome summer – let’s work hard and get ready for next season!  We wish Max the best of luck as he steps on to the world stage in a few short weeks……….stay tuned for updates!

Board Breaking at Summit Martial Arts

Board BreakingOn Saturday, October 3, Summit Martial Arts put on a Board Breaking Seminar.   It was an amazing afternoon filled with explosive kicks and punches! The session started with a short lecture from Master Morris about how technique plays a major role in a student’s ability to break boards. Our SMA kids and adults were excited to get started. First, everyone got to practice with the re-breakable boards.  This ensures that a student is comfortable with their technique and the feel of breaking a board. We do board breaks regularly in class but this seminar was extra special.

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After mastering their techniques, SMA students moved on to the good stuff – real wood boards!! We are not sure who was more excited to break the wood boards, our adult students or the kids.

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Summit Martial Arts students spent the next 90 minutes working on their kicks and punches.  It was an action packed seminar!  Our youngest members showed their skills with some exciting hand techniques.

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The kids did an awesome job powering through those boards – it’s amazing what you can do when your technique is spot on!  At Summit Martial Arts, we take pride in our technique.  It is not enough to simply go through the motions. Our instructors take time to teach and correct each student.  As a result, our students feel confident in their abilities.

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Our adults had a great time too!  Speed breaks were particularly popular – it is pretty exciting to see a board go flying from the sheer power of your fist.

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The day was truly inspiring.  Students were thrilled at their ability to break boards and confidence levels soared by the end of the seminar.  Our young students took home a broken board as their trophy for their hard work.  It was an awesome day – we cannot wait to do it again!!  For more pictures, check us out on Facebook.

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