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!

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……..

 

What is Good Sportsmanship?

5 Tenants of Tae Kwon DoAs we gear up for Tournament season, it is important to think about what good sportsmanship means to us.  Good sportsmanship is when athletes, coaches, parents and judges treat each other with respect and dignity – win or lose.  Displaying good sportsmanship is not always easy – children and parents can often be upset or disappointed at a loss.  Learning how to accept defeat gracefully is an important skill that will serve you throughout your life.

Here are some tips for displaying good sportsmanship:Hand Shake

1. Treat others with respect – your teammates and your opponents.

2. Show your coaches and judges the respect they deserve.

3. Always play by the rules and be fair.

4. Encourage your teammates.  Congratulate opponents.  High fives for a job well done.

5. Manners are important – shake hands, bow, say yes sir or ma’am.

6. Accept defeat with dignity – no pouting or crying.

7. Win gracefully – no gloating or rubbing it in.

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Remember, you are not only representing yourself, you are representing your club. When you behave poorly, it reflects on your instructors, teammates and parents.

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Parents and coaches can help children understand that good sportsmanship can be shown with small gestures and efforts.  It can start with something as small as shaking hands with an opponent before and after a match, acknowledging the efforts of another athlete and accepting defeat gracefully.  This is especially true when it comes to the martial arts.  As you all know, the 5 Tenets of Tae Kwon Do are what guide of practice. These tenets must be shown to all our fellow martial artists – regardless of what club or organization they belong to.

We wish you all the best of luck for this tournament season!  Go Team Summit!!

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