Jr. Instructor Highlight: Bo Kyo Sa Mikko Bernardo

Meet Bo Kyo Sa Mikko Bernardo

Mikko started his martial arts journey when he was just 6 years old.  He has been with Summit Martial Arts since it’s inception in May 2014.   He completed his Junior Instructor Team training in 2017 and has been assisting in our children’s classes for 2 years. To Mikko, martial arts is not just a sport, it’s a way of living. Mikko believes strongly in conducting his life according to the 5 Tenets of Taekwondo – Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self-control and Indomitable spirit. He works hard to apply these principles to his daily life. The Bernardo’s were featured on Global News as they prepared for their World Games.  Check out their story.   When Mikko is teaching, his greatest joy is seeing kids smile.   That alone makes his day.

 

Mikko’s proudest accomplishment was earning his Black Belt in May 2017.  He is the youngest SMA student to bestowed such an honour.  When asked what it means to be a Black Belt for his essay, Mikko said:

“A Black Belt isn’t just a rank or a belt it is yourself, your life. A person with a Black Belt should bring good to our world. We all got our white belt, orange belt, yellow belt, so on so forth to reach a new beginning. The tenets of Taekwondo: Courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit are not only what a person with a black belt holds but also what a true martial artist holds. Master Morris has told us many things but the one thing that I can’t forget is that “A BLACK BELT IS A WHITE BELT WHO NEVER GAVE UP”. Discipline is also a big part of having a black belt because without discipline you will not be able to control yourself, you will just do whatever with the title of a person with a black belt. When Master Morris asked me what a black belt means to me and what I will do to give back to the community… I had to think… a lot.”

Mikko also competed in the  2014 TAFISA World Martial Arts bringing home Gold in Forms and Pt. Sparring, Silver for Continuous Sparring, and Bronze for Bo Staff for Team Canada and taking home Grand Champion from the 2018 Calgary City Championships. Mikko competes extensively throughout the year and is dedicated to continuing his own training.  He was selected as a member of our Tournament Team in 2018/2019 and represented our school with pride.  We are very proud to have him as an integral part of our school.

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.

Congratulations Master Morris!

As many of you know, Master Morris flew out to Halifax, Nova Scotia in August for a weekend long training camp with Grand Master Clark and the members of Martial Virtue Alliance.  It was a weekend filled with seminars on weapons disarming, Bo Staff, sparring, cardio kick boxing and review of our entire curriculum.

The members of SMA and MVA believe strongly that the journey does not end when you get your black belt, it is just the beginning.  All our instructors are committed to life long learning.

The highlight to the weekend was Grand Master Clark (Master Morris’ instructor for the past 28 years) honoring Master Morris with his promotion to 7th Dan.  We take our Black Belt promotions very seriously.  Even our instructors have to demonstrate they have earned their rank with hard work and dedication.  Master Morris trained for 7+ years in between promotions.  His knowledge, dedication and commitment to the martial arts has remained strong for the last 26 years.  He continues to inspire and ignite passion for the martial arts in his students.  Congratulations Master Morris.  We are all very proud of you.

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.

 

The price you pay for sports…..

This post was taken from a fitness group we belong to.   This is such an excellent commentary on the impact sports can have on our young people.  We had to share.  Here’s what was said:

One of my friends asked “Why do you pay so much money for your kids to do all their sports?” Well, I have a confession to make. I don’t pay for my kids to to do sports – I invest in their future to become good solid well rounded adults.

So, if I am not paying for sports what am I paying for?

– I pay for those moments when my kids become so tired they want to quit but don’t.

– I pay for those days when my kids come home from school and are “too tired” to go to their practices, but they go anyway.

– I pay for my kids to learn to be disciplined, focused and dedicated.

– I pay for my kids to learn to take care of their body and equipment.

– I pay for my kids to learn to work with others and to be good team mates, gracious in defeat and humble in success.

– I pay for my kids to learn to deal with disappointment, when they don’t get that placing or title they’d hoped for, but still they go back week after week giving it their best shot.

– I pay for my kids to learn to make and accomplish goals.

– I pay for my kids to respect, not only themselves, but other players,officials, and coaches.

– I pay for my kids to learn that it takes hours and hours, years and years of hard work and practice to create a champion and that success does not happen overnight.

– I pay for my kids to be proud of small achievements, and to work towards long term goals.

– I pay for the opportunity my kids have and will have to make life-long friendships, create lifelong memories, to be as proud of their achievements as I am.

– I pay so that my kids can be out on the mats, that sheet of ice, ball park field, and soccer field instead of in front of a screen…

…I could go on but, to be short, I don’t pay for sports; I pay for the opportunities that sports provides my kids to develop attributes that will serve them well throughout their lives and give them the opportunity to bless the lives of others. From what I have seen so far I think it is a great investment!

…. An investment in “their” future to become fantastic adults later!!!!

This is what you invest in every time you set foot on the mats, on the field, on the rink, get in the pool or put your feet on the pavement for a run.

Happy Anniversary SMA! Our month……

March was a prep month here at SMA.  We were getting set for our next belt test, getting ready for summer camps, cardio kick start, our KSL Pop Up Boutique and are gearing up for our next tournament on Saturday, April 23.

Our Summer Camp registration opened to SMA students and the public.  We are offering 2 – 1 week full/half day session in July and August.  If you are interested in joining us, please register online or in person.  There are limited spaces available for each week.  Don’t miss out!

On March 18 and 19, Mrs. Morris attended a training camp at Phase 1 Sports in Las Vegas, Nevada to learn some new conditioning techniques.  The training was intense!  After the 2 day training camp, she has come back with new strategies for training , fueling our bodies and new exercises to help us work on our cardio and functional strength.  It was a great weekend – she can’t wait to share all she learned!

One of our BIG milestones was celebrating our 1 year Anniversary at the 40th Street location.  This year has flown by!  We would like to thank all our students and their families for making SMA what it is.  We could not have done this without all your love and support.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

On Saturday, April 2, we had our monthly Belt Test.  We started the day with Red with Black Band and Green Belts.  What a show of strength and determination!  Our Red Belts started the morning off with 300 push ups and 300 crunches – what a great way to shake off the nerves and get that blood flowing.  Congratulations to Aidan, Mikko, Chaney and Coban on their promotions!  You deserve those belts.

Next up, we had our Orange and Yellow Belts.  We have always maintained that our tests are not easy.  That statement was put to the test for orange and yellow belts.  Our students learned that at home practice is a crucial component to ensuring you pass your test. We would like to congratulate Ty, Shawna, Carson, Taydon, Angelo, Evan, Spencer, and Isabelle on their belt test promotions!  Great job – you should be proud of your accomplishment.

Our last test of the day was the Little Dragons and Little Monkeys.  These kids did an amazing job showcasing their skills.  You all showed your determination and listening skills – we are proud of each and every one of you. Congratulations to Nico, Tyler, Ethan, Rylan, Zurrin, Ignacio, Cayden, and Aiden on their belt promotions.

What’s up next for SMA?

Our Cardio Kick start class starts next Saturday, April 9 at 8:30am.  Please see Mrs. Morris to register.  This class is open to SMA students, their families and the public.  It is a 45 minute high intensity cardio class.  Can’t wait to start this fun!

Our next tournament is on Saturday, April 23 for the Calgary City Championships.  It is at the Marlborough Community Centre – 6021 Madigan Drive NE.  Tournament training starts on Saturday, April 9.  Please talk to Master Morris if you are interested in competing.

Our next belt test is Saturday, April 30 – belt test readiness assessments will take place the week and a half prior to the test.  Please ensure you are getting to all your classes and practicing at home to ensure you are ready.

Our KSL Pop Up Boutique is on Saturday, May 14.  Please see our Facebook page for details and to RSVP.  This event is open to the public.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know by phone 587-583-5425 or email info@summitmartialarts.ca.

 

 

 

 

 

Time for a Cardio Blast – Register NOW!

We received numerous requests from students about running a cardio only class.  You talked, we listened!  SMA is offering a Cardio Kick Start class starting Saturday, April 9 at 8:30am.  The class will run for 4 weeks – excluding Saturday, April 23 (for the tournament). This class will be a 45 minute non -stop, cardio blast!  The 4 classes will alternate between a cardio kickboxing style and circuit training.  Fun for everyone!!

This class will be open to everyone.  No experience required.  No uniform needed.  Participants can wear regular workout clothing.  Bag gloves will be required.

For our current students, this class is an excellent addition to your current training.  Looking to work on that cardio for the next belt test, this is the way to do it.  As you all know, our tests are not easy.   They challenge the mind and the body.  The best way to prepare yourself is with high intensity interval training.  This will give you the most realistic mirror of an actual SMA belt test.

 

To register:

Current SMA students – please speak to Mrs. M to add you to the roster.

Non-SMA students – can register online or in person.

If you have any additional questions, please email info@summitmartialarts.ca or call 587-583-5425.

 

Summer Camp Registration is OPEN!

REGISTER NOW

Summit Martial Arts is proud to offer full day and half day – week long summer camps for ages 6-12. 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.

During our craft/activity periods, students will learn about the history of martial arts and the 5 tenants of Tae Kwon Do. Our crafts will center on the martial arts – drawings, paper creations, and belt designs.

Each day has a structured schedule from 9am to 4pm. Parent drop off is at 8:30-9:00am, pick up is between 4:00-4:30pm. Half Day morning is 8:30 am – 1:00 pm and afternoon is 1:00pm – 4:30pm.

Our lunch is at 12noon – students must provide their own lunches, snacks and beverages. A Pizza Lunch will be held on Friday.

Week 1: July 18-22

Week 2: August 8-12

Space is limited to 15 students per week. Summit Martial Arts reserves the right to cancel camps due to low registration. Minimum number of students per week is 10. Parents must have all registration documents and payment submitted 1 week prior to the 1st day of camp. Please see our cancellation policy for full details.

Full Day Schedule

8:30 – 9:00 Parent Drop off and Open activities
9:00 – 10:00 Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts Class – Morning with Mr. Chernichen
10:00 – 10:30 Morning snack
10:30 – 12:00 Active Games
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:30 Craft / Activity Time
1:30 – 2:30 Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts Class – Afternoon with Master Morris
2:30 – 3:00 Afternoon snack
3:00 – 4:00 Afternoon Games or movie (martial arts related)
4:00 – 4:30 Clean up / Parent Pick up

PLEASE SEE OUR WEBSITE FOR SUMMER CAMP PRICING
EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 15, 2016

REGISTER TODAY

 

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.