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!

January starts with a bang!

January has flown by!  We had a lot going on from tournament training, belt tests, 30 Day Challenge and our regular training.

Tournament Training was in full swing every Saturday in January.  We are gearing up for tournament season with lots of practice, sharpening our forms and working on our sparring techniques.  We have a large number of students competing at the upcoming tournament in Calgary.  Competing students ages range from 6 to 48!  Go Team Summit!  The Rocky Mountain City Championships was held on Saturday, February 6 (more details to follow in February’s updates).

30 Day Challenge started on January 18 and we hit the ground running!  SMA friends and family joined in our special challenge – 30 days of healthy eating, challenging workouts and accountability.  We shared our experiences and challenges in our private Facebook page.  It was a lot of fun!  Can’t wait to do it again.  Does any one else love/hate the leg workouts?  Thanks to all our participants!

Little Monkeys and Little Dragons belt test – congratulations to Rogan, Troy, Ethan and Evan on their belt promotion.

Orange Belt Test – congratulations to Stephen, Jason and Cole on their promotion to orange belt.  Lots of hard work and dedication went in to prepare for this test.

Upcoming Events:  Rocky Mountain Championships, Bo Staff Training, Belt Test – Saturday, February 27.

 

 

November at SMA

2015-11-21-Canada_Logo_roundNovember was a busy month at Summit Martial Arts.  We had a Little Dragons Belt Test, our very 1st Little Monkeys Belt Test, Master Morris was appointed National Director for the National Martial Arts Committee – Canada by the World Martial Arts Games Committee, we attended the Kick’s Open Tournament, and collected purses for the Purse Project to help out Smarty Skirts.  We were busy!!

Here are some of the highlights:

On November 5, we had a Little Dragons Belt Test.  The students did an amazing job showcasing their hand techniques, kicks, forms and sparring. Our Little Dragons curriculum follows along with our Warrior/Adult program, it is broken down in to smaller skill chunks for our younger students.  Congratulations to Nicolas, Isabella and Olivia!

On November 9, we had our very 1st Little Monkeys Belt Test.  What a great showing by our youngest students.  Our Little Monkeys are ages 4/5, they train once or twice per week.  Their curriculum was designed to work on balance and co-ordination, setting the foundation for their martial arts journey.  Congratulations Zurrin, Hunter, Jayden and Rylan!  Great job!  Here are some of the highlights:

On November 11, 2015, Master Shane Morris was appointed National Director for the National Martial Arts Committee – Canada by the World Martial Arts Games Committee.  The 2016 World Martial Arts Games will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from October 5-9.  The World Martial Arts Games are a proud member of TAFISA (The Association for International Sport for All).  Their aim to bring martial arts to all regardless of style or affiliation.  We cannot think of a better organization to be teamed up with.

 

On Saturday, November 28, Summit Martial Arts attended the Kicks Open Martial Arts Tournament in Calgary, Alberta.  We had 11 students compete in both individual forms and sparring, team forms, and weapons.  SMA students brought home 4 Golds, 5 Silver and 4 Bronze!  Congratulations to all those who competed!  You showed great sportsmanlike conduct at every opportunity, we are proud of all of you.

 

Summit Martial Arts was teamed up with Smarty Skirts for the Purse Project.  From November 16 through to December 6, we collected purses, toiletries and other essential items for distribution to those women in need.  These was an excellent cause!  We would like to thank all the SMA students who made donations.  SMA is always up for helping a cause that gives back to the community.

December is shaping up to be another busy month, we have our KSL Actionwear Fashion Event, our final belt test of 2015, our famous Christmas Party and a much anticipated break over the holidays!  To stay connected and up to date, make sure you follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  Stay tuned for more updates……..

 

A Black Belt Story: Master Shane Morris – 6th Dan

The road to black belt is a unique and personal journey.  If you ever have the opportunity to talk to black belts about their experience, you will not regret the time spent listening.  The stories are ones of giving it 110%, sheer force of will, against all odds, never accepting defeat, digging deep and giving it your ALL.

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No matter where you are or what your station in life, if you want something bad enough, you are wiling to do whatever it takes to get there.  Master Morris was determined to get his black belt – there was simply no other option.

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The Morris’ moved to New Brunswick after a harsh economic downturn in Manitoba forced the family to relocate.  At age 14, Master Morris found a school in Woodstock, NB where he continued his training in a new style – Moo Duk Kwan Tae Kwon Do.  Master Morris went to class 2 days a week and practiced at home on his off days.  Once a month, he would travel to Maine for additional training with Grand Master Clark.
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Times were tough – the family was living in a trailer while their house was being built. Space was limited. There was no basement to practice in so Master Morris took his training outside.  Out there on the lawn, Master Morris spent hours working on his kicks and perfecting his forms.

There was no money for fancy equipment so Master Morris filled the bottom of a burlap potato sack with sand, filled the rest with rags and fashioned it to a 2 x 4 on the side of a shed.  This would be his training partner for the next 2 years.

Hard Work

Master Morris knew what was expected at the black belt test.  This test was not for the faint of heart, he was faced with a 4 hour gruelling test of the mind and the body. Every part of the body would be pushed to the limit.  So he trained harder.

Every night, Master Morris ran.  He knew he would need to be in the best shape of his life to endure the test.  And, every night before bed Master Morris did 2 sets of 100 push ups and 100 crunches in preparation for his black belt test.

It will hurt

Finally, the big day was here.  Had all his hard work and dedication paid off? Master Morris was nervous.

On Saturday, May 23, 1992, Master Morris travelled to Bangor, Maine to test for his black belt.  He recalls there was 1 water break, that’s it!  (How times have changed!!)  After hours of pushing his body to the absolute limits, the test was over.  The students were bowed out and told…….”see you at dinner”.  At the time, the board met to determine if the students had met the criteria for black belt.  Having no idea if he had passed or failed, Master Morris spent a few hours wondering if he had done all he could?  At dinner, the board went over the test results.  Students were told to eat something.  Master Morris remembers being so nervous that he could not eat a thing.  Finally, the wait was over!!  The 3 students that tested that day were all promoted to black belt.  On the drive home, Master Morris held on to his black belt and did not let go.  He had done it.

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For the last 23 years, Master Morris has remained dedicated to the art of Tae Kwon Do.  He continues to hone his skills as a martial artist and trains with his students during every class.  When asked what it means to be a black belt, Master Morris replied:

“A Black Belt is ultimately a symbol of the type of person you are.  It is a symbol of all the hard work and dedication you have put in to the martial arts.  It is recognition of the discipline you have shown to go the distance.  A recognition that you have persevered through all the mental and physical challenges.  A recognition that you are committed to the perfection of the art. You are a warrior, you have displayed courage, you have conquered, you are an indomitable spirit.”

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How to prepare for your next belt test

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Belt tests at Summit Martial Arts are an honoured right of passage.  Our belt tests are NOT easy.  It is not enough to simply show up, you must EARN your belt.  We adhere to a generations old, rigorous standard for our belt promotions. Students are expected to show physical endurance, technical skills and mental fortitude.  Here are a few tips to help you prepare for your next belt test:

1) Make sure you have your written belt test curriculum.  If you do not have one, please ask Master or Mrs. Morris for the appropriate belt level sheet. These forms are for you to keep, you can check off all the items as you master them.

2) Practice at home!  Practicing at home can make a big difference in the mastery of your forms, hand techniques, kicks and 1 step sparring.

3) Work on your physical endurance at home.  An easy way to ensure you are ready for the push up and sit up requirement is to practice in smaller chunks.  If you are watching television, do sets of push ups/sit ups during the commercials.  As you all know, the requirement gets bigger and bigger for every belt level.  How many is for black belt again?  🙂

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4) Talk with Master Morris about areas that need improvement.  Master Morris is always available before/after class to discuss your progress and what you need to work on.

5) Work toward earning ALL 4 of your skill stripes.  We have no set day/time for a skill stripe test.  If you feel you are ready, ask Master Morris to look at your forms before/after class.

6) Make sure to attend EVERY practice.  The easiest way to ensure your progression through the ranks is to come to class regularly.  It is that simple. The more you come to class, the more you learn, the more you get to practice.

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7) Be sure to have a positive mental attitude.  Attitude can determine success or failure.  If you believe in yourself, you are capable of doing anything you set your mind to.  The power is in YOUR hands. Black Belt

A student must receive an invitation to grade for their next belt.  Each student’s journey is unique – the time it takes to progress can be different for everyone.  We are dedicated to seeing you be successful in your martial arts journey.  Train hard and never give up!

Summit Martial Arts – Our Year in Review

SummSummit Martial Arts Logoit Martial Arts had an amazing year! It was a year of growth, progress and success, both at tournaments and in the dojang. We started the 2014 tournament season with a bang! In September, Summit Martial Arts students Marcuz, Mikko and Aidan represented Team Canada at the 2014 TAFISA World Martial Arts Games in Richmond, British Columbia. Our instructor Mr. Chernichen served as Team Canada coach. Before heading off to the Olympic Oval in Richmond, the boys were featured on Global News talking about 2014 TAFISA World Martial Arts Gamestheir preparation for the Games. The boys did an amazing job bringing home 4 golds, 2 silver and 1 bronze for Team Canada in Bo Staff, Korean Forms and Sparring. We all watched the live feed sitting on the edges of our seats. It was a very proud moment watching the boys step on to the podium representing Team Canada and our school. All their hard work and dedication paid off!

2014 Kicks TournamentNext up was the Kicks Tournament on November 29, 2014. Summit Martial Arts had students in every age category from 6 to 14! And the GRAND total for the day was – 15 Medal Winners!!! 7 – Gold medal wins (Team Forms, Forms (various belt levels) Ages 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-16 and Sparring Age 14-16) 4 – Silver medal wins (Sparring -various belt levels – Ages 10-11, Ages 12-13) 4 – Bronze medal wins (Weapons Forms, Forms – various belts – ages 6-7, 8-9, Sparring Ages 10-11). Congratulations Angelo, Aidan, Marcuz, Mikko, Brody, Arianna, Kassidy and Max. We were so proud of the way everyone represented our school – both during competition and on the side lines. While winning medals is a wonderful thing, the level of sportsmanlike conduct is what was really impressive!

The 2014/2015 season saw a number of belt promotions. At Summit Martial Arts, we Summit Martial Arts Belt Test - June 2015take our belt promotions seriously. It is not enough to simply do a set amount of classes before you can test. Each student is evaluated to ensure they are properly prepared to test for their next belt. A student is then invited to grade when THEY are ready. Each student’s martial arts journey is unique and so is their progress. We do not believe in cookie cutter belt tests. We adhere to a generation’s old, rigorous standard for our belt promotions. Our tests are NOT easy. Students are tested both physically and mentally. This truly brings out the best in each student and shows a strength of character and will. Our students showed their tenacity and dedication to the sport – practising at home on their forms and push up/sit up requirements. All the sweat and sore muscles were worth it – knowing each and every student has EARNED the belt around their waist. Student’s regularly comment on the deep satisfaction they feel when receiving one of our belts!

Summit Martial Arts Christmas Party 2014Our SMA Christmas Party was a celebration for all!  Master Morris presented students with the “Most Improved Awards” in various categories and the “Best Sportsmanship Award”.  The youngest members of our Summit family had fun at the craft table, personalizing their own white belts to take home.  There was glitter everywhere!  Everyone enjoyed the parade of dishes that lined the wall at the Shepard Community Centre.  The night ended with good music and a LOT of dancing.  A great time was had by all – we can’t wait until next year!!

Tae Kwon Do Class at Summit Martial ArtsOn April 1, 2015, we moved in to our new location. All the Summit Martial Arts family pulled together to help get our mats down, paint and clean our new home. We were up and running in no time. Thank you to all the parents and students who came out to help. We couldn’t have done it without you!

PMA Spring Challenge - Summit Martial ArtsAt the end of April, Summit Martial Arts attended the PMA Spring Challenge in Calgary. We had 10 students compete in age categories 6 through 13 for forms and sparring as well as team and weapons forms. Summit students came home with 11 Gold Medal Wins, 10 Silver Medals, and 3 Bronze Medals. Congratulations to Angelo, Aidan, Marcuz, Mikko, Brody, Coban, Jonas, Arianna, Kassidy and Chaney! We are proud of each and every one of you.

Shuswap Open Tournament - Summit Martial Arts 2015Our last tournament of the season was the Shuswap Open Tournament on June 6, 2015. SMA students travelled the 6 hour drive to BC with their families to compete. We had 8 students compete from ages 6 through 14 in forms and sparring. Summit competed in Weapons forms and had 2 Teams compete in the Team Form division – Summit Junior and Senior. We are proud to say we came home with Grand Champion, 11 Gold Medal Wins, 8 Silver and 2 Bronze. The Summit Team celebrated with some much needed rest and relaxation at the Lake! What a great day for everyone!

In the months to come, we are looking forward to our 2nd Annual Beach BBQ and our upcoming Black Belt Test in September. The past year has been more than we could ask for. Our Summit family has made us proud in so many ways – both inside and outside the dojang. We could not ask for anything more. You have all been a pleasure to train with.

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