Jr. Instructor Highlight: Mr. Richard Zeller

Mr. Zeller began training at Summit in October 2017 after watching how much his two children had enjoyed their training.  Mr. Zeller loves the challenge that every class brings.  He is a firm believer in the 5 tenets of TKD and the lasting impact they have on students and instructors alike.  The physical and mental strength gained through training at SMA is something that he embraces each and every day and is always looking forward to the next chapter of his journey.  Mr. Zeller is extremely honored and equally excited to be part of the JIT team and is looks forward to helping other students learn and have fun through their own journeys.

We asked Mr. Zeller some questions, here’s what he had to say……..

What is your teaching philosophy?  I try to make sure everyone is engaged / having fun, but at the same time pushed to achieve their potential.

Why you love martial arts?  To me it’s a combination of honing & perfecting body, mind and spirit.  Being able to apply what has been learned to achieve your goals.

Why you love SMA?  SMA embodies a passion for martial arts.  Your achievements are earned through hard work and dedication which makes your journey that much more fulfilling.

What is your most memorable / proud moment in martial arts ?

As an Orange belt there was one Kicking class where we were practicing our Jump Front Snap Kicks, and one of the instructors came by, took the clapper pad from my partner and held it higher than I’ve ever kicked before.  In fact, I thought it was ridiculously high / and near impossible.  He told me he believed in me, to get into a good stance and really push myself.  I ended up kicking the pad much to my surprise, and after a solid high five from the instructor I realized just how far I can go if I put my mind to it.

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Mr. Zeller graduated the Junior Instructor Training program in July 2019.  He is an key member in our team.  His dedication and passion for the martial arts can be seen in every class.  Thanks for being part of OUR journey!!

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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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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