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.

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


How to stay motivated!

Black Belt JourneyMotivation simply defined is “a force or influence that causes someone to do something.”  Motivation is at the foundation of any accomplishment – in sports, in your career, in your personal life.  Desire and determination are key elements to achieving the goals you set out for yourself.  But, what drives you during the down times?  To become the best that you can be, you must remain motivated and do what ever it takes to reach your goals. Here are a few tips on how to stay motivated:

1. Set realistic goals – write them down, share them with your instructor, commit 100% to the process

Earn it

2. Reward yourself at milestones – celebrate with friends and family, go out for dinner, have a get together, share your success with others.

work hard

3. Have an accountability buddy – having someone there to talk to goes a long way in keeping you motivated.  Feeling accountable to someone will help you stay on track for the long haul.

Surround Yourself

4. Have a plan to work through plateaus and slumps – shake up your routine, sometimes small changes can push you through – like getting a new uniform or trying some new gloves.SMA Polar Fleece

5. Visualize your achievement – picture your dream coming true, imagine how you will feel wrapping that black belt around your waist……….all the blood, sweat and tears……….TOTALLY WORTH IT!!!   Remember the is tremendous power in positive thinking.

Inhale Confidence

6.  Reinforce your training values – remember why you started, write down the reasons why you are doing this, what it means to you to achieve this goal, choose to stay committed, to stay dedicated, not because you have to but because you WANT to!

Martial Arts Motivation

The power is in your hands – it’s up to you!  Whatever your motivations, your instructor/trainer/coach will show you the path but they cannot walk the road for you. Life will sometimes get in the way, work, kids, travel, you can get sick, or injured. Missing a class or two is not the end of the world.  Life will throw you MANY excuses NOT to train, it’s up to you to make it work.  You CAN do it!!!

20 years

A Black Belt Story: Grand Master Michael Clark – 8th Dan

For those new to our organization, Grand Master Clark is Master Morris‘ long time instructor and the head of the Martial Virtue Alliance. The Martial Virtue Alliance was established in May of 2011 during a meeting of 26 like minded Black Belts from Canada and the USA.  The founding members of our organization are all associated by the teachings of Grand Master Michael Clark.  Grand Master Clark has been teaching Moo Duk Kwan Tae Kwon Do for 40 years.  His teaching philosophy is that of simple yet effective martial arts.  Grand Master Clark guides the curriculum and standards upheld by the schools in the MVA.  He adheres to the traditional methods of teaching maintaining the integrity of the art, respecting its traditions, martial arts etiquette, and ethics.

This is his story:

Grand Master Michael Clark began his martial arts training during his tour in Vietnam at the age of 20. He was stationed at DaNang Air Base on the DMZ of North and South Vietnam.

Danang Air Base

He attended training 6 days a week, 4 hours per day for 10 months with the Korean Masters.  The training was gruelling and brutal in its methods.

7 Tiger Divison Martial Arts demonstration

At the end of the 10 months, Grand Master Clark made his 1st attempt to earn his black belt.  The test was to be 4 hours long with the fighting at the end.  To earn the coveted black belt, Grand Master Clark needed to knock out his challenger and physically remove his opponents black belt.  This was no easy feat.  His 1st attempt, he was knocked unconscious in the first minute of fighting.  He failed the test.  Over the next 6 weeks, Grand Master Clark tested 3 more times – all with the same outcome – failure.  He had one last and final attempt before being shipped home to the USA.  Grand Master Clark made a decision to NEVER be knocked down again.  On his 5th and final attempt, Grand Master Clark did what he set out to accomplish.  At age 21, he was able to knock out his opponent and removed his belt. Grand Master Clark had earned his black belt.

Black Belt

In 1973, Grand Master Clark returned to the United States and started the first martial arts school on the Pease Air Force Base.  The school grew from 35 students to 125 within the first few months.  He remained there until his discharge from the military in 1975.

Pease Air Force Base

After the military, Grand Master Clark moved to Massachusetts started a family, worked for the US Postal Service and continued to train at a Kenpo Martial Arts school.  For the next 24 years, Grand Master Clark would train and teach future generations of martial artists.

Grand Master Clark believes strongly in adherence to traditional Tae Kwon Do practice.  This tradition is at the very core of martial arts and should not be forgotten. Over the years, he has had the honour to meet and train with many martial artists. Grand Master Clark holds all his black belts to the highest standards and is proud of all they have accomplished. Grand Master Clark is passionate about passing on his extensive knowledge and expertise to the members of our organization and looks forward to being involved in the Martial Virtue Alliance for years to come.

Grand Master Michael Clark – 8th Dan