2018 Comes to a End……..

As 2018 comes to a close, we take some time to reflect on the amazing year we have had.   We are humbled and extremely grateful to have such supportive and dedicated students and families.  SMA is truly one big family – you can feel the camaraderie the minute you step through our doors.  The support of our students shows at belt tests and tournaments when everyone cheers on their fellow SMA training partners.   It is truly a wonderful thing to be part of.  Mrs. and Master Morris would like to thank everyone who is involved with our school – we wouldn’t be where we are without ALL of you!!!

Let’s look at 2018:

Kicking off 2018, SMA was voted Top Martial Arts School in Calgary!

Tournament Grand Champion for Bo Kyo Sa Mikko Bernardo

All our hard work around the dojang every single class

All the hours of practice for our belt gradings

All the dedicated students who came out for tournament training on Friday nights

All the tournaments!!!!!  And there were a LOT!

All the amazing displays of good sportsmanship and encouragement

A tremendous honor for Ms. Chaney who was named CTV Athlete of the Week

A BIG congratulations to Mr. Stronge for achieving his Black Belt

A pretty cool summer camp held in Truro, Nova Scotia

A BIG BIG congratulations to Master Morris for his promotion to 7th Dan

A brand new Junior Instructor Team was selected

A Tournament Team was hand selected to represent TEAM SUMMIT

All the students named Most Improved and Most Dedicated at our annual Holiday Party

And of course, the 5 Tenets and Mrs. Morris award going to Ms, Bravo and Lorenzo!

Our special awards including Athlete of the Year going to Ms. Chaney

And, ending the year with being an official nominee for the 2019 Top Martial Arts School (don’t forget to vote and share!!)

Check out our 2018 Year in Review – it’s pretty amazing!!  Click here to watch the video.

The importance of goal setting – what are YOUR goals for 2015?

You don’t need to wait for January 1 to set goals for yourself.  Goal setting is about finding what’s important to you and figuring out a way to attain those goals.  It is crucial that your goals are something YOU want to do, not just something that sounds good to others.  The process of goal setting helps you understand where you are and where you want to go – it also helps keep you motivated.  Here are some tips for setting goals for yourself:

1) Choose a goal or 2.  Be specific. For example, “lose weight” or “get my black belt” are too vague.  You want to be crystal clear in your intention – “lose 25 lbs” or “get my black belt by XXXX year”.  Try to find a middle ground between aiming too high and underestimating your abilities. It is important to understand why you are doing what you are doing.  What will accomplishing this goal mean to you?

2) Write your goals down.  Be as specific as possible, include a timeline for achieving your goals.  Be realistic – getting your black belt in a year is not an attainable goal. Write your goals in a positive tone – positive thinking goes a long way in helping you achieve the goals.  Keep a journal of your progress.

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3) Make your goals measurable.  For example, if you goal is to lose 25 lbs, you want to set a specific measure to lose 1 lb per week.  Tracking your progress in these little increments provides you with small victories.  These positive steps build momentum, boost your confidence and help you to keep motivated and on target to reach your goal.

4) Create an action plan – make it happen.  This is vital to achieving your goals.  “Failing to plan is planning to fail”.  Decide when you are going to put your plan in to action, include details and timing of your plan, make milestones to help you achieve the goal on time.

5) Review your goals often.  Go back to your journal, make sure that this goal is really what you want to do.  Recognize and celebrate your success.  Adapt your plan if necessary, just make sure to keep to your main objective.

6) Stick to the plan, but stay flexible.  This will be the biggest challenge.  Life sometimes throws you in a direction you were not expecting.  This is where you will see how much your goal means to you – if it is important, you will find a way to make it work despite the change in circumstance.  Don’t let distractions lead you down the road to procrastination.  Go back, read why you are doing this, keep motivated!

7) Share your goals and find an accountability friend.  Be brave, share your goals with a friend, family member, or instructor.  As you go through the process, ask for feedback and reward yourself for milestones in your journey.  For example, if you achieve the next belt on your way to black belt – reward yourself with a special dinner or a new uniform/bo staff/punch mitts.  Having someone to help you stay accountable for your goals is priceless!

The bottom line is goal setting has powerful and lasting effects on your life and your well being.  The power is in your hands – the sky is the limit!  You can accomplish anything you put your mind to!!  Be BOLD!  Be AMAZING!!

Top 5 Benefits of Martial Arts Training for Adults

Most people think of martial arts as a sport for youngsters.  The overall health benefits for adults can be astonishing.  Its never too late to start your martial arts journey.  Here are our top 5 benefits of martial arts training for adults,

Summit Martial Arts Push Ups1) Improve Cardiovascular Health – Martial Arts classes are a great total body workout, they are high impact and will use every muscle group in your body.  Regular attendance will help improve your endurance.  As a result, you will be able to engage in physical activity for longer periods without becoming out of breath. As your heart grows stronger and healthier, you will see a lower blood pressure and you decrease your risk for developing heart disease.

2) Build Muscle and Burn Fat – Martial Arts can improve strength, balance, flexibility, and help you lose weight.  No matter what type of martial arts training you participate in, you will increase your muscle strength and improve your metabolic rate if you attend class on a regular basis. This increased strength will help prevent injury from normal day-to-day activities and reduce your risk of experiencing aches and pains. As you age, your muscles begin to lose some of their density and strength. This is why it is important to keep your physically active. When you take a class, your muscles will be in constant use, helping you stay strong. You will also build greater muscle mass, which in turn will give your body a more toned, healthy appearance. More muscle = improved metabolism.

3) Improve Focus and Concentration –  When you are taking your martial arts class, your mind has to be 100% focused on the task at hand. When you are concentrating on learning a new technique or dodging your opponent in sparring, it is almost impossible to think about work, family or anything else. You are completely in the moment.  The more you train, the stronger your mental focus and concentration becomes, the more these technique spill over in to your every day life and work.  You will see a difference in your mental fortitude.

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4) Improve Emotional Health – Martial arts can have many benefits to your overall emotional well being.  It can act as a stress reliever, it will build self confidence, helps with goal setting and achievement, instils a sense of humbleness, you will make new friends, develop a mental toughness, and you will gain confidence in knowing you can defend yourself.  When you challenge yourself to do something you have never done before – and you do it – you feel a sense of pride and accomplishment.

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5) Great Activity for the whole family!  It really is.  You can start your martial arts journey at any age, any fitness level.  It is an excellent way to get the family out and active.  Families that train together, stick together.

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Top 5 Benefits of Martial Art Training for Kids

Martial Arts training can have a lasting effect on both your health and mental well being.  Here are our Top 5 Benefits of Martial Arts Training for Kids.

1) Improves Physical Fitness – In today’s day and age, our kids are constantly “plugged in”.  Gone are the days when kids would play outside for hours only coming home when the street lights come on.  That is why being physically active is so important. Martial Arts is a great way to improve strength, endurance and overall fitness level.  And, it’s a LOT of fun for the entire family!  It is a total body sport, you use every muscle in your body including your heart and lungs.  Taking part in physical activity will also help your kids sleep better – what a bonus!

2) Fosters Self Discipline and Improves Concentration – While each martial arts style is different, discipline is one similarity they all share.  For us, the 5 tenants of Tae Kwon Do are courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control and indomitable spirit. Our kids are taught to maintain these moral characteristics both inside and outside the martial arts studio.  During class, children learn how to control their minds and their bodies.  It helps them find focus and a sense of stillness.  By learning to focus and be still, children improve their ability to concentrate when there are distractions. Parents report students with diagnosed ADHD and ADD improve leaps and bounds when enrolled in a martial arts program. The discipline taught in class will spill over in to every day life – including school and home.

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3) Teaches Self Defence – Self Defence is the corner stone for most martial arts programs.  Martial Arts teaches children how to handle many of life’s challenges – both physical and emotional.   Being able to deal with life’s disappointments and let downs is just as important a self defence skill as learning how to punch and kick. We teach kids the skills to avoid dangerous situations and how to defend themselves against a bully or attacker should that situation arise.  Children will learn “street smarts” and know how to apply effective techniques when necessary.  Knowing these skills gives kids the confidence to react when the time is right.  These skills could save their life.

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4) Instils Self Confidence – Working through a martial arts program gives children confidence in themselves, knowing they can achieve their goals. By mastering a new technique or earning your next belt rank, children feel a sense of accomplishment and pride.  This is a feeling every child should know.  We love our belt test days – watching our kids beam with pride as you wrap the new belt around their waist is being a witness to pure joy.

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5) Develops Social Skills – Being part of a team or part of a group class, children learn important social skills as they interact with other children and their instructor. Our children show their support of their fellow students by cheering each other on at belt tests, tournaments and during class.  Being surrounded by positive influences will have a tremendous effect on your child’s well being and these early experiences will have a lasting impact on the lives.

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