Jr. Instructor Highlight: Bo Kyo Sa Marcuz Bernardo

Meet Bo Kyo Sa Marcuz Bernardo – Black Belt – 1st Dan

Marcuz began his martial arts journey at the age of 7.  He has been with Summit Martial Arts since it’s inception in May 2014.   He completed his Junior Instructor Training Program training in 2017 and has been assisting in our children’s classes for 3 years.  

On May 27, 2017, Bo Kyo Sa Marcuz along with his brother and cousin tested for their Black Belt.  In his essay, what it means to be a black belt he talks about what the 5 tenets of Taekwondo mean to him:

“practicing those tenets, were commandments to helping me push through no matter what the outcome was going to be. I showed courtesy for those who taught me. I showed integrity by doing my training even at home. I showed perseverance by never giving up on my mind and on my body, but pushed further. I showed self-control by controlling my actions, emotions and thoughts each test, so that I wouldn’t be fussy and give up on myself. And I showed my indomitable spirit, by saying in my head, I will get this belt, I will excel in this test. I can do it!. So with all of these tenets, I know I’ve shown the courtesy for my instructors, integrity in my hard training, perseverance in getting this far, self-control over myself, and the indomitable spirit, knowing that I can excel this test. When I get my black belt today, I will know that I did my best, and that I earned it.”

After 4 gruelling hours of push ups, crunches, forms, kicks, self defence, hand techniques, warrior crawls and sparring – he came out a certified Black Belt in our organization.  A lifetime achievement.


Marcuz believes that being in the martial arts has helped him be a better person. He tries to make sure that everyone has a positive learning experience, while having a little bit of fun. I can also relate to kids in a matter where they understand me, and can follow my lead. 

Marcuz’s most treasured moments were earning a Gold for Forms and Silver for Bo Staff at the 2014 TAFISA World Martial Arts Games and taking home Grand Champion at the 2019 41st Annual Western Karate Championships. Check out their story on Global News.   Being a black belt, Marcuz feels honored to serve our school and help grow our community.  He is a top member of our Tournament Team, competing extensively throughout the year.  Bo Kyo Sa Marcuz represents our school with pride and the utmost sportsmanlike conduct.  Always willing to lend a helping hand and support SMA in what ever way he can.  Marcuz is an wonderful example to all our students.  

We look forward to having him around SMA for years to come.

What’s on for May at SMA

The year is going by in a flash!! We are wrapping up our tournament season at the end of May. It’s been a busy season!  On April 6, we competed at the 2019 Calgary Open Martial Arts Championships at Bearspaw Christian School.  This was a tremendous tournament – over 300 competitors – the top martial artists in Alberta were out and it was spectacular!  Team Summit did an amazing job!  We are so proud of each and every one of you.

Alisha – GRAND CHAMPION (age 8 and under) AND Gold for Forms, Silver for Sparring
Team Summit – Bronze for Team Forms
Zosia – double Gold for Sparring and Forms
Oliver – Gold for Forms
Jayden – Bronze for Sparring
Rylan – Silver for Forms, Bronze for Sparring
Sebastian – double Silver for Sparring and Forms
Brody – Silver for Continuous Sparring, Gold for Sparring, Silver for Forms
Chaney – Gold for Forms
Mikko – Silver for Forms, Bronze for Sparring
Aidan – double Bronze for Sparring and Forms
Marcuz – Gold for Forms, Silver for Sparring
Finished the day with an EXCITING Team Fighting Division where TEAM SUMMIT TOOK HOME THE GOLD!

 

We would like to congratulate Bo Kyo Sa Bernardo for being promoted to 1st Dan. You have shown your true dedication to the martial arts.  You have shown that the journey is not over when you get your black belt, it is just the beginning.

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Our final 3 tournaments are PMA Tournament of Champions April 27, the 2019 High River Martial Arts Championships on May 11 and the 2019 Western Canadian Karate Championships on May 25. Please join us and support your fellow SMA athletes at any one of these tournaments – more details can be found on our FB page

SMA will be celebrating our 5th Anniversary on May 13th!  Stay tuned for celebration plans once tournament season comes to an end.

Private lessons are now available on Fridays and Sundays for those wishing to get in a little extra practice  You can book online or in person.

 

January Registration is OPEN!

a year from nowSummit Martial Arts is now accepting registrations for January classes.  Don’t miss out on the chance to train with us, classes are filling quickly!!

Summit Martial Arts is home to the TAFISA World Martial Arts Games Champions and was named one of the Top Martial Arts Schools for Kids in Calgary by Chatterblock! We are proud to offer martial arts classes for ages 4 through adult, beginner to advanced black belt. We pride ourselves on maintaining a high standard of learning for all our students. We adhere to the traditional methods of training – our classes will challenge your mind and your body. Our students feel satisfaction and pride knowing they have EARNED their belts.

Our instructors are active and involved in EVERY class – you kick, we kick. We are headquarters for the National Martial Arts Committee for Canada and will be putting together Team Canada for the 2016 World Martial Arts Games. Come down and check us out. No association fees, FREE trial class.  Call us today at 587-583-5425 or email info@summitmartialarts.ca for more details. You can also register online, click here to sign up.

Here’s what people are saying about us:

“As someone who has trained Martial arts at different schools, it’s easy to say Summit is a cut above the rest. The instruction, skills, activities and standards are what make Summit the premier school in Calgary. From the moment you enter the Dojang, the love for martial arts is apparent in every direction you look. To say Master Morris is a world class instructor is an understatement. Not only will he teach you, he will be on the mats every day training with you . He will push you beyond the limits you have set for yourself and show you the potential you have inside. To be a great martial artist you need a great teacher and if that’s the goal you have set for yourself you need to look no further. Summit is the place to be.”  Marshall Nippard – Student    

“If you are looking for great martial arts and you want to learn from the best, this is the place to be.  With 6 degrees black belt, Master Morris has every tool you need to learn from patterns, self-defence, grappling, and sparring.  He remains humble with all of these and challenges himself to train with his students every single training day.”  Florian Bernardo – Parent of 2 children and Student

“I have been studying martial arts since the age of 9.  When I started training at Summit Martial Arts, I found my interest in Tae Kwon Do soar with the teachings from Master Morris.  He is very knowledgeable and you can tell he loves to teach.  He also practices what he preaches.  Master Morris is one of the Best Instructors in Canada!! You actually find your self wanting to go to class just because you have this drive and determination to better yourself in the art. On top of that, the people of Summit are not only class mates but friends that I actually admire and look up to.  I could ramble all day long about how good this school is but really just find out for your self!!Summit Martial Arts is by far the best school I have ever attended.”  Shane Roberts – Student

“Our son has been attending Summit Martial Arts for one year. We attended 2 other schools previous and this school by far exceeds the others. The instruction is very good- they make sure the students learn techniques well before moving on to others and teach the techniques in a fun and dynamic class. The instructors are encouraging and kind.  They develop positive relationships with the students and always reinforce student efforts. Our son loves it- he is ‘a kid who loves taikwando’ (his words)- he feels confident in himself and a sense of accomplishment for his efforts. It’s great for him!”  Chastity P. – Parent

“For people like me who are “motivationally challenged”, this school has been great at getting the best performance possible out of me. For example, my fitness improvement has exceeded my expectations. The curriculum never gets stale as Master Morris seems to have an endless list of drills and exercises that he draws on to keep things fresh. 5 stars.”  Lee Morin – Student