Tournament Season is complete!

Well, that’s all she wrote for our 2018/2019 tournament season!  What a season it was!!  Team Summit attended 7 tournaments this year and represented our school with pride.  We would like to acknowledge all our students for their dedication to competition, giving up all their Friday nights and working extremely hard to improve on their skills.  This year, more than any before, we became a team.  One of the things that stands out in our mind most is the unwavering support of ALL our students and parents to each other.  You cheer loud and stay to the bitter end to support your fellow SMA students.  THAT IS AMAZING!!!

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Congratulations to our 3 Grand Champions this year – Alisha at the Calgary Open Martial Arts Championships, Oliver at the High River Open Martial Arts Tournament and Marcuz at the 41st Annual Western Karate Championships.

And, to ALL our competitors – there is a lot of work and effort that goes in to a tournament.  You should be very proud of yourselves as we are very proud of you.

On that note, we hope you have a restful summer and are excited to get back at it in September.  The Fall schedule is already up on the website.  A lot more going on in the fall this year – we look forward to our inaugural tournament the Summit Open Martial Arts Challenge on November 16.  The 1st tournament of the fall will be the Kids 4 Kids tournament in Beiseker on Saturday, October 5.  Tournament training is listed on the detailed schedule.

Train hard!!!  Go TEAM SUMMIT!!!

What’s on for May at SMA

The year is going by in a flash!! We are wrapping up our tournament season at the end of May. It’s been a busy season!  On April 6, we competed at the 2019 Calgary Open Martial Arts Championships at Bearspaw Christian School.  This was a tremendous tournament – over 300 competitors – the top martial artists in Alberta were out and it was spectacular!  Team Summit did an amazing job!  We are so proud of each and every one of you.

Alisha – GRAND CHAMPION (age 8 and under) AND Gold for Forms, Silver for Sparring
Team Summit – Bronze for Team Forms
Zosia – double Gold for Sparring and Forms
Oliver – Gold for Forms
Jayden – Bronze for Sparring
Rylan – Silver for Forms, Bronze for Sparring
Sebastian – double Silver for Sparring and Forms
Brody – Silver for Continuous Sparring, Gold for Sparring, Silver for Forms
Chaney – Gold for Forms
Mikko – Silver for Forms, Bronze for Sparring
Aidan – double Bronze for Sparring and Forms
Marcuz – Gold for Forms, Silver for Sparring
Finished the day with an EXCITING Team Fighting Division where TEAM SUMMIT TOOK HOME THE GOLD!

 

We would like to congratulate Bo Kyo Sa Bernardo for being promoted to 1st Dan. You have shown your true dedication to the martial arts.  You have shown that the journey is not over when you get your black belt, it is just the beginning.

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Our final 3 tournaments are PMA Tournament of Champions April 27, the 2019 High River Martial Arts Championships on May 11 and the 2019 Western Canadian Karate Championships on May 25. Please join us and support your fellow SMA athletes at any one of these tournaments – more details can be found on our FB page

SMA will be celebrating our 5th Anniversary on May 13th!  Stay tuned for celebration plans once tournament season comes to an end.

Private lessons are now available on Fridays and Sundays for those wishing to get in a little extra practice  You can book online or in person.

 

We close our 2016 season with a bang!

There is always something happening at Summit Martial Arts, from belt tests to tournaments to SMA celebrations.  Let’s take a look at November and December around the school.

Our November Belt Tests gave our students an opportunity to showcase their skills.  There is a lot of hard work and dedication that goes in to preparing for the test.  At home practice is a must as you advance through the ranks at SMA.  Our Warriors and Adults tested on Saturday, November 19.  As you advance, the tests become increasingly difficult.  Not only does it test your skills but also your mental fortitude.  Congratulations Vench, Mrs, Chernichen, Spencer, Xander, Mr. Cutlan and Mr. Morin. Be proud.  Our tests are not easy, you earned those belts.

Our Little Monkeys and Little Dragons Belt Tests are just as difficult.  A student must be deemed ready to test.  Readiness is not simply for showing up to class regularly, it must be earned.  Students must show a mastery of skills and display an attitude becoming of a young martial artist.  Listening, courtesy and respect are just as important as the physical skills.

Congratulations to all our Little Monkeys who were promoted in November and December!  You did a great job, we are proud of you.  Look at those smiles!!

And congratulations George, Tyler, Christian and Evan!  Excellent display of all your hard work.  Check out those forms!

We also had another Pop Up Boutique from KSL Actionwear in November.  Thanks Jessica for showcasing 100% Canadian designed and made athletic fashions.  We love having you visit!  Don’t forget to check out their website.   We love supporting Canadian business owners.

On November 27, we attended the Kicks Open Martial Arts Tournament in Calgary, Alberta. Team Summit had a great showing!   We came home with 5 Golds, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze! Our students commented on the pride they felt for representing Team SMA, having fun and doing their best, despite the fact that there were no awards or trophies. We’d say that speaks volumes about the character of our students!  They represented Summit with the utmost sportsmanlike conduct, we are very proud of each and every one of you. Thank you to parents for sending photos while we were busy judging and keeping score.

FINALLY, our 3rd Annual Christmas Party was held on Saturday, December 17.  What a great turnout!  The school was filled with students and their families. Thank you to all the families for coming out and bringing such amazing dishes for our pot luck.  Congratulations to all those students who received awards this year.  We presented awards for Most Improved, the Mrs. Morris Award, the 5 Tenants Award, Most Dedicated to name a few.  We watch all year long to see who has demonstrated both physical improvement and an attitude that truly embodies what SMA stands for.  We hope you all had fun and can’t wait to do it again next year!  If you missed the party, you can still check out our Year in Review on Youtube.

Our next tournament is on Saturday, February 4.  Let’s make 2017 something to remember!

We are off to the races – tournament season begins!

On November 5, 2016, Summit Martial Arts attended the LMFA Open Martial Arts Challenge in Okotoks, Alberta. The Summit Team came home with 8 Bronze, 4 Silver and 4 Gold medals for the day.

Rylan wowed the crowd with his awesome form and kick butt sparring in the ages 4-6 division (white belt) – no awards were given for this age category.  This was Rylan’s 1st tournament, he did an amazing job!

Next up, Brock and Tyler competed in the ages 7-9 category (yellow stripe belts).  Brock brought home silver for sparring and bronze for forms.  Tyler took silver for forms and bronze for sparring!  Great job boys!

Vench was up next in the boys age 9-11 category (white belt).  Vench brought home a bronze for sparring!  Awesome showing for his 1st tournament.

We moved on to our seasoned students – Mikko brought home the gold for sparring in boys ages 10-12 (red with black band belt) – what a match!  Great job Mikko.

Chaney was up next in girls ages 10-12 category (green belt).  Chaney had a great showing receiving a bronze for forms and taking home the gold in sparring.  Great job!

Aidan and Marcuz competed in the boys ages 13-15 category (red with black band), Marcuz brought home the bronze for sparring and Aidan took home silver for forms and silver for sparring.  Way to go!

Next up was Max in the boys age 15-17 category (red with black band).  Max took home double gold for sparring and forms!  What an exciting sparring match – great job Max!

Both Val and Dan competed in the senior women (white belt) and senior men (green belt) divisions.  Val took the bronze for forms and Dan took a bronze for sparring.  Way to go!  It was a great day for Summit.

We would like to thank LFMA for inviting us, this was a well organized and professional tournament.  We would like to acknowledge the high level of respect and courtesy all the schools showed for each other.

If you are interested in competing in tournaments, please see Master or Mrs. Morris for details.  Our next tournament is coming up on Saturday, November 26.

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.

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!

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.

 

Look what we did in February!

Summit Martial Arts attended the Rocky Mountain Open Martial Arts Tournament in Calgary on Saturday, February 6, 2016.  We are very proud of all the students who competed, all your hard work paid off!  You represented SMA with the utmost respect and sportsmanlike conduct.

Gold for Forms (age 6 – white belt) for Nicolas
Bronze for Sparring (age 6 – for white belt) for Tyler
Bronze for Sparring (age 9 – green belt) for Brody
Silver for Forms (age 12 – yellow belt) for Chaney
Gold for Forms (age 11 – red belt) for Mikko
Gold for Sparring (age 11 – red belt) for Mikko
Silver for Forms (age 12 – red with black band) for Marcuz
Silver for Sparring (age 12 – red with black band) for Marcuz
Gold for Team Forms for Marcuz and Mikko
Gold for Forms (age 15 – brown belt) for Max
Gold for Sparring (age 15 – brown belt) for Max
Gold for Weapons Forms for Mikko
Silver for Weapons Forms for Marcuz
Gold for Forms (men’s division – white to green belt) for Matias
Bronze for Forms (men’s division – white to green belt) for Dan
Silver for Sparring (men’s division – white to green belt) for Dan
Bronze for Sparring (men’s division – white to green belt) for Omar

Grand Total for the Day = 9 Gold Medals, 5 Silver Medals, 4 Bronze Medals!! WAY TO GO TEAM SUMMIT!!!!

Check out Max go for the Gold!

Our 30 Day Challenge came to an end in February.  We had a great 30 days of awesome workouts and support.  Our Facebook group provided for some great accountability.  We learned about the importance of meal prep, healthy eating, portion sizes, HIIT training and weight training.  Our ladies put in the work and saw results!  What more could we ask for?  Are we ready for Round 2 yet?

This month we launched the Summit Martial Arts app!  The goal was to make the sign in process easy and convenient for all our students.  We are still working out all the bugs and hope to have everything running smoothly in the next few weeks.  The SMA app is a FREE download in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.  If you need help getting set up, please see Mrs. Morris and she will assist you.  Click below to see the app in action.

Here is the link to the Apple App

Here is the link to the Google Play App

Our SMA Belt Test was held on Saturday, February 27.  We started our day with our Little Monkeys and Little Dragons test – it was a full house!  Standing room only for friends and family.  Our SMA kids did an excellent job showcasing their skills.  Congratulations Isabella, Micah, Hunter, Rylan, Xander, Sebastien, Cassidy, Hayden, and Calin.  All your hard work paid off!  We are proud of each and every one of you.

Next up was our Orange and Yellow Belt Test.  Our students went up and down the floor showing their kicks, punches, and blocks.  We finished the day with 2 rounds of continuous sparring.  Our belt tests are not easy, we have always maintained our high standards at each and every test. At SMA, you know without a doubt you have EARNED the belt around your waist.  Congratulations to Dan, Omar, Xander, Matias, Brock, and Sam.  Great job everyone!

We finished the day with our Green and Red Belt tests.  These tests are not for the faint of heart.  This is where you show what you are made of.  The physical requirements will test both your mind and your body.  We are so proud of Max and Levi for their amazing efforts.  Congratulations!  You EARNED those belts!

Summer Camp registration opens for current SMA students. Summit Martial Arts is proud to offer full day and half day – week long summer camps for ages 6-12. Week 1 – July 18 to 22 and Week 2 – August 8 to 13.  Our camps are open to everyone. There is no experience necessary. Full day students will have 2 – 1 hour lessons per day. Our days feature a balanced mix of tae kwon do fundamentals, sparring (light contract/flag sparring), self-defence, kicking exercises, punching drills, and board breaking. Students will work on strength training, agility and co-ordination through a series of fun and challenging circuits. Children will be divided in to smaller groups of 4-5 based on their age and skill level and will be paired with a junior camp instructors. There will also be a mini-tournament held on Friday where students will showcase all their newly developed skills.

Our goal is to provide a high energy, active and fun day for our kids. This is a great opportunity for kids to learn a new skill, make new friends, and boost their self-confidence when faced with challenging situations.

Please see our website for more details.

Register Now

We can’t wait to see what March will bring!  Train hard!  We will see you all on the mats.

 

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!!